What I learned in my Digital Photography Class, Part 7
My photography instructor was able to touch on the subject of landscape photography only briefly, due to the very limited number of classes in our short course. I am hoping that we will be able to spend a little more time on the subject in the next course that he teaches.
In the meantime, here are some points that he made:
Don't just take a photo of distant hills--frame the landscape with some close-by flowers, branches, or other objects to make the photo more interesting.
Use a wide angle lens for landscape shots to get a better view
Always remember the light: Shoot on overcast or cloudy days; or at the beginning or the end of sunny days when the light source comes from a low angle
Remember that the best sky views and colors often come not at the moment of sunset, but just after, when the sun--even though below the horizon--is still reflecting its light up into the sky
Sunsets are always better when there are some clouds in the sky (sounds like a philosophy to me!)
Scout out some good locations ahead of time, so when the light is right (or when it is about to be right!) you can dash to your perfect spot as quickly as you can to take advantage of the opportunity. My patio has a wonderful view of the mountains, for example, but that darned telephone pole is right in the way. All I have to do is to remember to remain publicly presentable at all times so that when the moment comes, I can run past the pole to get my perfect picture!