Landscape Photography Tips: How to Take a Perfect Representational Image

Landscape Photography Tips: How to Take a Perfect Representational Image


A good photograph is a representation of reality, whether that be an actual place or a representation of an internal feeling. Many people have been inspired by the works of many landscape photographers and have wanted to try their take on these types of photos.

However, there aren’t many tutorials for taking representational landscape photographs. So this article will show you some helpful tips and equipment for taking these fascinating landscape photographs.

What is Representational Photography?

Representational Photography

Representational photography is a type of photography that captures objects as they appear in the world with little or no editing, manipulation or digital effects added afterwards.

Representational photography can be compared to documentary photography, which captures images of people and places in their everyday lives.

The main difference between the two is that representational photographers focus more on depicting the subject matter entirely rather than emphasizing a particular aspect of it. For example, a photographer might use representational photography to capture an entire landscape instead of focusing on just one object.

“Representational” refers to an artist’s desire to represent something real or true in their artwork. For example, an abstract painting might not be representational because there isn’t any sense of reality in its depiction — it doesn’t look like anything you’d see in real life. With representational art, however, there’s usually some resemblance between what you see and what exists in real life — even if it’s only slight.

Equipment needed to take Representational Landscape Photographs

Equipment for Representational Landscape Photographs

To take representative landscape photographs, you need several pieces of equipment. Below are the necessary tools to get your job done:


First, you need a camera. A DSLR is ideal because it gives you more flexibility in terms of controls and options, but any camera that allows you to control the shutter speed, aperture and ISO will do just fine. You can also use your phone or tablet to capture photos.

Still, because they don’t have interchangeable lenses or the manual controls that make photography so much fun (and challenging), you’ll have a much more limited experience.


A good tripod isn’t just for landscape photography; it’s essential for all types of photography in low-light situations where your shutter speed is slower than 1/60th of a second or when using a long telephoto lens. If you’re shooting without one, keep your hands steady while taking each shot and avoid touching the camera during exposure (even slightly).


Filters are another essential piece of equipment for representational landscape photography. There are hundreds of different filters available on the market today—some are designed specifically for certain types of cameras while others are multi-functional—but most photographers use circular polarizers (CPs) and neutral density filters (NDs). CPs help reduce reflections.

Helpful Tips for Taking Representational Landscape Photographs

Helpful Tips for Taking Representational Landscape Photographs

Based on several years of experience, I know that taking representational landscape photographs is no easy matter. It takes much more than simply going outside and hoping you’ll get that perfect shot.

Here are some helpful tips to improve your photography skills and ensure you will never be at a loss for a good shot:

1. Look for interesting compositions

If you’re taking a landscape photograph, you want to ensure that your composition is interesting. The best way to do this is to look around and see what’s in the area. If there are hills or mountains, try to put them in the frame.

If there are trees or rocks, try to place them in front of something else. It’s also important that there’s nothing right behind what you’re photographing. For example, if you have a mountain range with no trees behind it, it will look better than if there were trees behind it.

2. Shoot in the right light

The light can make or break a landscape photograph. If you shoot in bright sunlight or during sunset when the sun is really low on the horizon, your image will probably turn out pretty good. But if you don’t get enough light, it may not turn out as well as you’d like.

If this happens, try using an ND filter so that you can use longer shutter speeds which means more light will be let into your camera sensor, so your landscape photograph will look much better!

You can also try shooting at dawn or dusk when there isn’t as much light but enough for some nice shots!

3. Think about layering

The layering
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Think about layering. This is an important concept in photography, especially when it comes to landscape photography. When taking landscape pictures, it’s easy to fall back on the same old compositions: a single subject in the foreground with a nice background. While this can be a beautiful image, it’s not very interesting.

The best way to get more interesting pictures is by thinking about how you can layer your subjects. You can do this by placing one subject closer to the camera and another further away from it. Or, you could place two subjects side-by-side or above each other in the frame.

For example, in this photograph, I placed some rocks behind my friend, who was sitting on top of a rock further away from me:

4. Don’t be afraid to get close

Don’t be afraid to get close! This is one of the most common mistakes I see people make when they’re photographing landscapes — they stand too far away so that they can fit more into their frame. While this might seem a good idea at first glance, it makes your photos look bland and boring because it doesn’t leave much room for creativity.

Shooting at close range can also give you more control over how much of the scene is included in your final photo. You may need several shots taken from different angles to capture everything you want in one image.

5. Look for a good foreground and background

You may have seen many landscape photographs that have a beautiful background. However, what makes them so beautiful is the foreground. The foreground gives the viewer an idea of where they are and what they can expect to see in the image.

It’s also important to remember that you don’t need to have a beautiful background or foreground for your photograph to be considered a good one. If it’s just a plain background with no detail, then it could still be considered good if the subject matter is interesting enough

6. Use the rule of thirds

Rule of thirds
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The rule of thirds ensures that your subject matter will be placed in the right place in your photograph so that it appears balanced and pleasing to the eye. It involves imagining dividing your image into three equal parts vertically and horizontally using lines intersecting at nine points along each line (3×3=9).

This can help give your photos more depth by placing important elements off-center or on one side, depending on how you want them to appear. This technique doesn’t just apply to landscapes but also to other types of photography as well!

7. Keep It Simple

The simpler your composition is, the easier it will be for viewers to understand what they see when they look at your photos.

Complex compositions can be interesting, but they can also be confusing if they aren’t clearly explained by the photographer beforehand or within the context of other images by that same photographer.


Whether new to photography or experienced in the field, taking great landscape shots is challenging. However, with the tips from this guide, that challenge could become just a bit easier to overcome.

Perfect representational images in landscape photography don’t just happen. They require time, training, and practice to perfect. Once you have mastered the techniques of taking a good landscape image, you can take your own photographs that are uniquely your own.

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