5 Signs Your Landscape Photos Are Too Busy

Landscape photography is unique in that you can't move the elements of your frame to adjust the composition, and as such, it can be easy to fall into the trap of making your photos too busy without even realizing it. This excellent video tutorial will show you five signs that your landscape photos may be too busy.

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this great video tutorial will show you five signs to look for that indicate your landscape images may be overly busy. In landscape work, we tend to default to wide angle lenses, and as such, there can often be a lot in the frame. Of course, there is no inherent obligation to use a wide angle lens, and in fact, using a telephoto lens can be a great choice for multiple reasons. First, it automatically simplifies your composition by excluding more of the scene. More interestingly, though, because we are so used to landscape photos being shot with wide angle lenses, using a telephoto gives you a chance to create a more unique look that'll catch your viewer's eye. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Denney. 

If you want to continue to learn how to improve your landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

Log in or register to post comments


Christina Brittain's picture

You are an outstanding photographer and an articulate speaker who explains important information in a clear and concise way. For this reason, please ban the phrases kind-of and sort-of from your vocabulary. They are just filler words in the vain of 'um' and 'you know.' Very irritating for the listener. Thank you

Greg Coley's picture

You should understand that the videos Alex Cooke posts are not of his work.

I've been reading articles on this site for a little more than a year now and I finally had to create an account to comment on how he may be the absolute worst "contributor" on the site.

Every time I click a link and see it's posted by him I can guarantee it will follow the same format:

"Opening statement that basically rewords the title. This excellent video tutorial that someone else work hard on will explain it.

Coming to you from the actual content creator this excellent video tutorial will actually tell you about the thing I typed in the headline to get you to click this link. Now I will paraphrase 2 (maybe 3) things from the video so I can fill a few lines of space and look like I'm actually contributing to this site, and I will follow that up by telling you to check out the video up above for the full run down of what we are actually trying to teach you.

Now I will tell you to click this link to pay for an fstopper tutorial that someone else also created, to teach you more about the thing that I didn't teach you anything about in the first place"

It's like he has a word doc saved and all he does is change the relevant information for each thing he posts like an ad lib game.

Mark Smith's picture

You need to loosen up. I value most everything Alex Cooke posts, whether or not it is his own work.

stuartcarver's picture

This, if he didn’t post links to videos then people who frequent this site may not see them... I don’t get what the issue is.

Deleted Account's picture

I'd rather see original content from contributors than reposts of videos from YouTube. I value the research and opinions of those authors who put in the time and effort to craft an interesting article than to take short cuts and posting others work.

I'd encourage all authors of these articles to step up their game.

Douglas Goodhill's picture

I thought this was an excellant video - something I can't say for a majority of the other postings here. I accept the format here of an article contining no information other than introducing a video - it is weird to read the posters educational accomplishments, yet has article could have been written with 1990s AI. Yes you should be embarressed. As to the video - I grew up in my fathers darkroom - he was an architect/architectural photographer, and have been involved in photography most of my 70 years so I have done a lot of printing. For someone new or struggling or just re-evaluating past work all of these tips are valid - and I think beyond landscape photography as well. The important item he addresses is understanding how the eye moves through an image - and simplifying the image to achieve that goal.