Don’t just settle for what you see, add some foreground interest
If you are shooting typical landscapes (meadows, fields, seascapes etc) and especially if you are shooting a wide angle, try adding some foreground interest. If it is a coastal scene, look for a boat on the shore or a rock formation. If it is a meadow or fields, look for an interesting gate, tree stump, animal, river…anything to set the mood for the rest of the image.
So, take a typical scene near you (me in this case ; )
Not too bad but pretty bland until you add some foreground interest…
Getting better, but then come back at a different time when the weather and lighting is more appealing…
Hey presto, we are getting somewhere!
Of course, the exception to needing foreground interest is if the overall scene itself has dramatic elements in its own right such as a moody sky, bolt lightning, fantastic lighting or some other form of outstanding interest.
This is another reason to not just settle for the first scene you come across…think about the shot.
Another idea when shooting portraits is to add some foreground interest and not have the subject either in focus or as the main focal point of the image…
The models is this shot are completely out of focus with the main emphasis on the camera but it still works as a shot. Try it yourself and break away from the “normal” way of thinking once in a while!
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