We have all seen an artist hold his paintbrush or thumb to an object to gauge some slight element of scale which can then be recreated on canvas, and the filmographer who frames the scene with his hands prior to capturing it indelibly. Both are methods of forging a connection between that which you see and that which you commit to some form of medium.
Photographers look and see, but they should also, importantly, feel. Many landscape opportunities are seemingly ready-made, featuring as they do a happy accident of appealing elements and iconic landmarks. Perhaps when travelling to one (for they do merit shooting!) you caught sight of a secondary opportunity, one you didn’t expect and haven’t seen before. It is this awareness, this keenness and developing ability that marks you out as a photographer, rather than just an appreciator of photographs.
View your world as it is, but also imagine it through a viewfinder – draw the...