Recently, I went on a trip to the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands in the north of Norway. It was not a photographic trip, just a place I have been dreaming of for some time. As a street photographer, I do not have much experience shooting landscapes, but the panorama was so beautiful that anywhere you looked had a potential for an astonishing photo.
In all of the photos I took during the trip I tried to apply all I knew about photography: composition, use of light, etc. All this (limited) knowledge is coming from my experience as street photographer so I came up with 5 skills I believe I managed to transfer from street to landscape photography.
1. Use of light and shadows to create a more interesting composition.
If you are aware of my work, you will know that I use light and shadows quite often to compose my images and frame my subjects. This can be done also in Landscape to create more interesting compositions that invite the viewer to look deeply into the image.
2. Rules are meant to be broken.
Composition techniques such as the “rule of thirds” make perfect sense but when you are out shooting on the streets you can get more creative shots when you break the rules. Same applies to landscape, for example, you can place your main subject at the very bottom of your image to create a sense of scale and space.
3. Use contrast to direct viewer’s eyes.
The use of contrast (colour contrast, dark and bright, depth of field, etc.) is very helpful in street photography to isolate the main subject of your image and make it pop. This is no different in landscape: a shot of a very beautiful green mountain with no depth, no sky, no foreground, will make the image look boring.
4. Reflections, reflections, reflections.
When I am out shooting on the street, I tend to look for reflections everywhere: windows, puddles, car roofs. This gives the image an interesting touch. Luckily for me, I was in a place with tons of lakes everywhere which made a perfect place for shooting some landscape with reflections.
5. The best gear is the one you have with you.
As I mentioned above, I am not a landscape photographer, so I do not have wide lenses or filters. I did all the entire trip with my Sony a7ii and the Tamron 28-75 2.8. This meant that sometimes I had to climb, crawl down a cliff and move a lot. This is the way I work on the streets as well: I use a prime lens (usually 50mm) and I move around to get my compositions.