The first thing someone notices when they look at any image is the way it has been composed. It’s not the technical aspects that people pay attention to at first, but on how the elements in the photograph are arranged. This is why composition can either make or break a photo. Fine art photographer Serge Ramelli takes us to the beautiful El Matador beach to share some tips on composition and on editing a landscape photo by using presets:
Ramelli sets off to the beach with a goal to take a magical photo of the beach. For that, his important tip is to find a good foreground element. Sand, which is very common on the beach, is not a good element to be placed at the foreground. Have a little walk around the beach to find some interesting foreground elements. Be prepared mentally and physically (with your dress up) to step into the water. Also, bring a sturdy tripod with you to use in the water.
Rocks on the beach are good elements to be placed in the foreground. While choosing a rock, be sure to pay attention to the sand around it. Disturbances in the sand from people walking on it make the sand less pleasing to look at, so choose a rock that’s closer to the water. Sand around such rocks tends to be much smoother, thanks to the constant movement of the water, and the reflection off of the shiny surface can act as a visual element in the foreground.
Make sure that the rock doesn’t fill too much of the frame. If it does, move back a little but be sure not to include the sand. After you’re satisfied with the composition and lighting you can take long exposure photos to capture the movement of the water, the clouds, and the colorful sky during sunset.
Next, let’s head on to Lightroom where Ramelli discusses his workflow to edit his photos taken on the beach.