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Add Depth to a Landscape

Photographer Justin Foulkes explains how to get a shot like this one, which he took in the Florida Everglades


Be selective about which aspect of the landscape you like the most, and reduce the scene to its key elements: less is more in composition. Here, the palm island is the clear focus.

■ Ansel Adams said, 'the secret to a great photograph is knowing where to stand.' Will the sense of depth be improved by getting up higher? Or lower? I was slightly elevated for this shot.

■ Try and shoot early or late in the day At these times, the light's lower angle accentuates contours and textures in the landscape, enhancing three-dimensionality. Use apps like The Photographer's Ephemeris to know where the sun will be.

■ In limited light, use a tripod and a longer exposure: you'll achieve effects like the sense of movement through this grass, which becomes a great foreground subject.

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