Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Summits

Emphasize the steepness, and the accomplishment, with these techniques.

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Resist the urge to take the standard “conqueror on the mountaintop” photo. A hiker posed against a featureless blue sky? Boring. Instead, emphasize the steepness of the approach and the surrounding peaks by scrambling above your subject and shooting down with a wide-angle lens. Include a plummeting ridgeline to show depth—even better if one side of the ridge is in shadow­—and minimize the sky.