Landscape photography can follow two different fields of thought. In one, the beauty of the image comes from the landscape, and there is no need to exaggerate or change that. In other words, each photographer visiting the same scene can capture the same image. In another field of thought, the photographer should leave his or her mark on the scene, capturing it in a new and unique way that has never been seen before. Here’s what to do if you want to be more creative and stand out from the crowd.
CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS
What is the simplest way to change the way you shoot a landscape? Change your settings.
Imagine how it would look if you used a slow shutter speed and allowed clouds, or water, or plants blown by the wind to create a motion blur effect. Consider underexposing the scene a little to create a spooky feeling, or even overexposing a little to allow saturated sunlight to bring a new atmosphere. There are lots of ways you can play around with your settings in order to get a different view of the same landscape.
Try to do the opposite of the obvious. If you know that most people would normally slow down their shutter speed to capture a river flowing in an ethereal way, consider going in the opposite direction. What if you push your shutter speed up as high as you can possibly manage, to capture the water in breathtakingly clear detail? When you do the same as everyone else, you aren’t using your creativity to the fullest extent.