Reccomend good Landscape composition book

Ben Egbert

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I have been at this a long time, but I am still weak in composition. Anyone recommend a good book on the subject.
 

JimFox

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I wish I could help Ben. It made me realize that the photography books I read as a teenager are probably no longer in print. :eek:
 

Jameel Hyder

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I have been at this a long time, but I am still weak in composition. Anyone recommend a good book on the subject.
Looking at your work, you are doing very well Ben.

Most books I have seen either go into the rules (like thirds) or into more esoteric subjects that go deep into color theory. I Have come to a point that I go with what appeals to my eye and then some variations. Sometimes I find that one of these variations are stronger than the one I liked at the time of shooting.
 

pepper

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it's not a book, but i like nigel danson's youtube videos.
here's one he did on landscape composition:
 

Ben Egbert

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Thanks Pepper, good tips here. I will try to incorporate them. I think one of my biggest issues is trying to get too much into the image.
 

JohnC

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Thanks Pepper, good tips here. I will try to incorporate them. I think one of my biggest issues is trying to get too much into the image.
Ben, your comment made me realize that while I have a lot of books, I have really learned a lot from following Michael Frye's blog. https://www.michaelfrye.com/blog/

Among the things he says that really stuck with me is to keep the image simple. Find the least significant part(s) of your image and ask yourself, does this improve the image? If it doesn't improve the image, it's a distraction to the image. Remove it.

His blog is always full of useful tips which he explains in conjunction with images he posts that he has taken. And best of all, it's free!
 

Ben Egbert

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Ben, your comment made me realize that while I have a lot of books, I have really learned a lot from following Michael Frye's blog. https://www.michaelfrye.com/blog/

Among the things he says that really stuck with me is to keep the image simple. Find the least significant part(s) of your image and ask yourself, does this improve the image? If it doesn't improve the image, it's a distraction to the image. Remove it.

His blog is always full of useful tips which he explains in conjunction with images he posts that he has taken. And best of all, it's free!
Thinks I will check it out, and yes I tend to include too much.
 
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