10 steps to capture great abstract landscape photography
What does it mean to capture abstract landscape photography?
Let’s define abstract art first. A simple way to describe it is by an example: If you are looking at an image, painting, sculpture or picture and having trouble to define what it is that you’re looking at, that’s abstract art.
Like abstract art, abstract landscape photography focuses on shape, form, color, pattern, and texture. It delivers an artistic product that you can interpret in different ways. Realize that abstract photography is more emotional than intellectual and it aims to break from reality either entirely or partially.
Landscape photographers who have incorporated this kind of vision in their work, aim to present their photographies differently from how they are commonly perceived and appreciated.
Traditional landscapes are highly recognizable to the eye, but, abstract landscape photography may take the viewer a few seconds to study the picture before they understand what are they seeing.
This means that commonly this kind of work creates compositions with little or no resemblance of the object that has been photographed by distorting some of the surroundings. It doesn’t convey any realistic depictions of the world.
Now if you want to create and produce this kind of work, in this article, we will give you 10 steps on how to capture great abstract landscape photos.
Abstract Landscape Photography – Step #1
The beautiful thing about abstract landscape photography is that any location can be a potential place to produce good pictures, you only need to analyze the situation, object or view that you’re aiming to capture, find the exact position and right perspective before you took the photo.
Step #2 Form:
This is one of the basic and most important components for abstract landscape photography. The shape of the object or outline of the view being photographed. To understand this you need to train your eye to look at the form.
Constantly ask yourself is this an interesting shape? Will it make a good composition? Don’t forget that in this creative process you are trying to find an interesting aspect of a subject or view, not necessarily the entire panorama. Capture it from different angles, move around the subject and explore it.
Step #3 Color for abstract landscape photos:
Light and color evoke emotion. The same subject but with a different light and therefore different colors, can evoke different emotions. Color is a creative tool and guide on how the contrast and saturation can be used to produce that composition you are looking for. It can be a single color or three colors juxtaposed next to each other.
Step #4 Line:
Lines are used in photography to drive the attention of the viewer toward the focal point of the image. They help to emphasize movement, creating more dynamic images. Lines can be straight or curve, the important thing is that you choose them with purpose and intention.
Step #5 Light and shadows:
Strong abstract images will always have different contrasts in a picture with good highlights balanced by areas of dark shadows. With great shadow potential, it just takes imagination to get some interesting shots.
Step #6 Texture in abstract landscape photos:
This is what makes the images way more interesting; if highlighting this component in your pictures is your goal it is better to use subjects with more subdued colors.
Step #7 Zoom in:
Using a zoom lens as an abstract tool can be interesting, but to use this tool you need to avoid any type of camera shake, find a subject with a strong central element, shoot with slow shutter speed, and experiment with it. Start with a wide-angle of view and then zoom to the narrow one.
Step #8 Use shallow Depth of field (DoF):
DoF is a functionality very useful for abstract landscape photography because it is a way that a photographer can control where a viewer pays the most attention by emphasizing compositional elements instead of subject matters. And in that way, it takes advantage of the human eye´s tendency to seek out sharp focus.
Step #9 Make sense of visual chaos:
This step is more considered as a challenge for landscape photographers because of the many locations that you can explore during your shooting sessions. It isn’t easy to define what will be the focal point of your image. We recommend to look at the scene in its entirety and work from there by defining what is it that attracts you about that view. Look at it from different perspectives and angles.
Step #10 Postproduction:
In this step, you will focus on reducing contrast, clarity, saturation, vibrance, between other adjustments that you see necessary. Remember to contrast back into particular areas that you want to draw more attention to.
Finally, our last recommendation is that abstract landscape photography is a year around art, every season creates its own set of views and objects, and gives you a great opportunity to take some great photos.
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