I found this awesome Youtube video that quickly gives 10 strong tips on landscape photos. I will keep them in mind as I shoot landscapes in various places the next few days.
If you are a reader like me, you will appreciate these tips written out, but the visuals help INCREDIBLY for actually visualizing how you will take the shots.
- Pick the right time of day (morning, golden hour, sunset, and nighttime are best)
- Long exposures (have shutter speed at a low fraction to allow motion to blur – blur sky, or water in creek, or headlights of cars) – I want to try this at our creek
- Consider the foreground, middle ground and background of each shot (HAVE LAYERS!)
- Take panoramas
- Find unique points of view to take photos from (roofs, balconies)
- Rule of thirds
- Leading lines (have lines that lead the viewer through the photo – like roads, sidewalks)
- Natural frames (use two buildings on either side of a street to frame a subject in the middle)
- If the colors look bad, go black and white (something I already naturally figured out)
- Have a message (same as Trish told me – tell a story or have a purpose and make sure the audience can draw a story from it as well)