Don't Let Your Tripod Control Your Shot

I've noticed at recent workshops, that when it comes to landscape photography there is tendency for people to pull out their tripods, extend the legs all the way, and then start shooting. While this may be fine for some shots, it is possible that a better perspective may be available by getting a little, or in some cases a lot lower. What are some things that need to be considered? For me, the first thing I look at is the relationship between the various objects in my frame. Do I have separation? In the following image taken along the north shore of Lake Superior, I wanted to make sure that the snow covered rocks provided a nice path out to the point. For this shot I needed to be as high

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