How to Add Flavor to Your Landscape Photography

Daytime photography

BORING! – Jim Harmer

Landscape photography can be difficult because it is so dependent on nature.  Even if the photographer takes a photo that is technically perfect, it may still look boring if the clouds and light aren’t ideal.  If this has happened to you, then consider an experience I had a couple years ago.

I had just moved to Naples, Florida and wanted to shoot the scenery.  I found a beautiful area of the city called the Bayfront and wanted to take pictures of the buildings reflecting in the water.  I went and took the pictures and was disappointed that the photos were a bit boring.

I was determined to get a quality photo of the area, so I returned later to try again.  I shot at sunset and still got poor results even with the golden sunset lighting.  I stayed and shot the same area until it was dark.  Suddenly my boring photos took on a new life.

One thing you can learn from this experience is that night photography is a great way to add a little flavor to a landscape that has potential, but that you can’t quite figure out.  Obviously night photography is no panacea for all landscape photography problems, but it is an oft-overlooked way to add drama to a scene.  I’m just suggesting that you give it a try the next time you run into a scene that you can’t quite master.

Night photography

Beautiful! – Jim Harmer

Oh, and if you have no clue how to do night photography, check out my eBook on night photography.  You can download a copy of the book for just $5.99 and read it right on your computer.  No special software needed.

About the Author

Jim Harmer

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Jim Harmer is the founder of Improve Photography, and host of the popular Improve Photography Podcast. More than a million photographers follow him on social media, and he has been listed at #35 in rankings of the most popular photographers in the world. Jim travels the world to shoot with readers of Improve Photography in his series of free photography workshops. See his portfolio here.


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