Have you ever taken an iPhone photo of a stunning view, but for some reason the photo didn’t work out as you expected? Most iPhone photographers have had that experience, because the views that look great in real life don’t necessarily result in great landscape photos.
On the other hand, even an average landscape can be turned into a spectacular photograph if you know how to take full advantage of each photo opportunity. In this article you’re going to discover 10 simple and powerful tips for taking stunning landscape photos with your iPhone.
1. Include details in the foreground
Including interesting details in the foreground is probably the easiest way to improve your iPhone landscape photos. However, this is counterintuitive to most people. After all, they want to take a photo of the stunning view in the background, so why worry about the foreground?
To give you an example, in real life the mountain in the background looks a lot more impressive than the simple tree in the foreground. However, taking a photo of the mountain alone would result in a flat landscape photo where all the subjects are located far in the background.
By combining subjects in the foreground and the background, we can show depth in our photos, which in turn makes them immersive and inviting. There’s nothing worse than a flat landscape photo, and adding detail in the foreground is the easiest way to show depth in your photos!
2. Use human subjects
Using human subjects in landscape photography is a great way to add foreground interest to your photos. But instead of the typical holiday photos with someone’s face next to a landscape, I prefer taking photos of people who are admiring the landscape and not posing for the shot.
Including a solitary human figure in your landscape photos is a great way of adding an element of story to your photos, while at the same time providing the image with a sense of scale. This works particularly well when the person in your landscape photos is not posing for you.
3. Use sky in the composition
While the sky rarely stands out enough on warrant a photo on its own, having an interesting sky can make or break your landscape photos. In general, perfectly clear or uniformly overcast sky is boring, while partially cloudy sky can be used to greatly enhance your landscape photos.
Whenever there are interesting clouds in the sky, look for creative ways to incorporate them in the composition to add yet another layer of interest to your landscape photos.