Digital Photography For Dummies
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The old Zen axiom “Less is more” applies to lots of things in life, including landscape photography. If you take a picture and include too much information, your viewers won’t have any visual clues to lead them through the image — or worse yet, the image will be so busy that it won’t have a focal point.

Even though you’re looking at the photograph through a small LCD monitor, you’ll still be able to tell whether you have an interesting image. If you shoot a picture and there’s too much information, try one or more of the following remedies:

  • Zoom in. Zoom in until unnecessary objects are not visible in the viewfinder.

  • Change your vantage point. Moving a few feet often gives you a totally different image. Move a few feet and then put the camera to your eye. Repeat until you see something interesting and then take a picture.

  • Change lenses. Many photographers think a wide-angle lens is the best way to photograph a landscape. However, if you don’t have a prominent object in the foreground, the amount of visual information the lens can capture overwhelms viewers. When you switch to a longer focal-length lens, you include less information and have larger objects for the viewers to latch onto.

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Julie Adair King is a veteran photography professional and instructor with more than 60 books to her credit. She has written all editions of Digital Photography For Dummies as well as 40 guides to DSLR camera models.

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