Secondly, it is simply very unlikely that you will get the best out of a scene on your first exploration of the place. Landscape scenes have a habit of evolving in the eyes of a good photographer. Don’t be afraid to continue going back to them.
What to Look for in Your Foregrounds for More Interesting Landscape Shots
Now, what elements do you really need to look for in your foregrounds? We will go through a few here, but they are by no means the only ones – interest is subjective and almost infinite. But these few things will get you started.
Leading Lines – A classic compositional element of landscape photographs is leading lines and foregrounds can be a massive part of that. Look at these examples and see how the lines of the foreground pull the eye into the scene.
The example below (a very famous landscape scene shot by many photographers) shows a clear example of how (in this case a single) leading lines draw your eye to the rest of the scene:
Contrast of Texture or Colour – Something that stands out from the rest of the scene in terms of colour or texture in a foreground can often be used to good effect. This could be everything from the patterns of sand set by the wind to a series of rocks or boulders or fallen trees. These, among a million other natural things can add that speck of interest that can make a shot pop.