Tuscany is one of the world’s most popular destinations for photographers, and rightly so. The beautiful landscapes are dotted with medieval villages, strategically built atop the highest hills.
But can you imagine the Tuscan landscape without the mighty cypress? Not really. These elegant trees are symbolic of the region and often form the crucial element for a perfect photograph.
Once a year I head to Tuscany with an enthusiastic group of photographers to hold a workshop. We dive straight in and even though there are plenty of photographic opportunities, everyone seems to want that typical Tuscan landscape shot. But, despite the beautiful environment, this proves to be no easy task; frustrating even.
So I always give my students the following simple tips: wait until the sun is low; shoot against the sun, not with it; be mindful of the lines of the landscape; carefully choose one aspect of the landscape to zoom in on; and finally, make sure there are cypresses in your shot.
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