As is often said, a picture is worth a thousand words to tell a story, scene or composition. It is quite true for lake photography, as it requires a photographer to think about what he or she wishes to convey to viewers as part of landscape photography involving a lake.
Landscape photography with a focus on a lake as a focal point requires few tips to be followed for reasonable pictures. Use a tripod if the exposure time is long. Otherwise, try to rest your camera on anything that will provide support like a fence post, rock or a car roof.
Another almost essential part of landscape photography is the use of a timer or a Shutter Release Cable so as avoid camera shake when taking a picture. If you can’t afford a cable, then try using the 10sec timer of your camera instead.
For lake photography, try including an object in the foreground to add more appeal to your images. Including an object like a rock, bush or tree adds another point in the story of your photograph, and helps lead the viewers’ eyes through the frame.
If, the foreground interest is not available, try including some Lead-in-Lines for capturing the way a viewer looks at your photograph. The elements like roads, railings, streams, shorelines etc, add interest towards your main focal point- the lake.
If, the above two options are not available, use the rule of thirds, so that the available foreground and main subject fall on the intersections of the imaginary thirds lines.
However, experiment and never stop learning things along with looking for inspiration from photographs of others and studying them.
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