Landscape Composition: Using Foreground to Create Depth

Composition plays a hugely important part in landscape photography. Creating depth and guiding the viewer around your image is key to replicating a scene effectively in a 2D space.

In this tutorial, landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott looks at how you can use strong foreground compositions to create that essential depth in a landscape photo.

This video was produced by Nature TTL, in partnership with B&H Photo Video.



Got your eye on some of the gear used in this video? You can find everything at the following links:

Nikon D850:
Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8:

Manfrotto 405 Geared Head:
Gitzo Systematic Legs:


Ross Hoddinott is among the UK’s best-known landscape and natural history photographers. He is a multi-award-winning photographer and the author of several bestselling photography titles, including The Landscape Photography Workshop (with Mark Bauer). Based in Cornwall, Ross is best known for his images of the South West of England, but he travels all over the UK in search of outstanding views and atmospheric conditions. He is a Nikon Alumni, an Ambassador for Manfrotto and a Global Icon for F-Stop Gear. Ross is a popular and experienced tutor and co-runs Dawn 2 Dusk Photography, specialising in landscape photography workshops.