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For Landscapes, You Need a Clear Subject

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One of the things that kills a lot of landscape shots is that there’s no clear subject, and for a landscape shot to really work, you have to be able to look at it and explain what you shot in one simple sentence. It’s a lighthouse. It’s that seagull on the rocks. It’s that old barn. It’s the palm trees on the beach. If you can’t explain your landscape shot in a short sentence like that, you don’t know what the subject is, and if you don’t know, people viewing your image won’t know either, and if that happens, the photo just isn’t working. Keep this in mind when you’re composing your landscape shots, and ask yourself the question, “What’s my subject?” If you can’t come up with a solid answer immediately, it’s time to recompose your shot and find a clear subject. It makes all the difference in the world.

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