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Nature Tales issue #21 -- Nature Landscapes - The Focal Point
August 08, 2008

Tips and Tricks For Taking The Best Nature and Flower Pictures You Have Ever Taken


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August 8, 2008 Issue #21

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Table of Contents:
  • Nature Landscapes - Finding The Focal Point

  • Nature and Flower Pictures - What's New

  • Latest Download - Make Your Content PreSell

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Nature Landscapes - Finding A Focal Point

How to Take Beautiful Landscape Photos Using a Standard Point and Shoot Camera


Last week we covered a few of the technical issues in taking Nature Landscape Pictures. Now let's move on to the next tip.

The next significant consideration in nature landscape photography is a focal point. That scenic overlook may be quite lovely to take-in, but photographically it may be a challenge as there is nothing for an eye to rest upon.

Take this into consideration and find a point to capture within the context of the landscape, for example:

  • A farmhouse in the valley below,
  • Or a unique ridge feature in one of the hillsides.
The point is to focus the eye into the image.

This may be achieved also by finding a foreground as the focal point, this can be a field of flowers framing the bottom of the image, and the insertion of a foreground will always give a landscape image a tremendous amount of depth.

Here is a little food for thought. Take a look at these nature landscapes and see if you can find the focal point. Just a little something to think about.

See you next Friday when we will cover Look for Unique Features in the Landscape or Sky.

If you would prefer reading the entire article now, you can find it here.

These tips are brought to you in partnership with Amy Renfrey. Amy is the author of Powerful Landscape Photography. It is a book that is one of my top picks for learning photography.

What's New With Nature and Flower Pictures

The sneak peak continues as "daisy pictures" grows.

  • Chicory Flowers Did you know that chicory leaves are common salad fare? Chicory is a wildflower used from tip to tip. You can find these beautiful blue flowers growing in many fields across the US. North, South, East and as far West as Nebraska and right here at Nature And Flower Pictures

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But this is really not the case at all. There are many places online that will offer you a low cost way of selling your art and photography. What they don't tell you is that you have to build your own traffic. And if they do tell you that traffic building is up to you, they don't tell you how.

Here is a book that will answer all of your questions. What is it that makes some successful and others fail? Where do you start? Start with what you love and let "Make Your Content PreSell" lead you from

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