I’ve recently found myself more involved in landscape photography and it’s definitely helped me learn some valuable tips.
There’s been a lot of mistakes along the way, but thats all part of the experience. I hope these 10 useful landscape photography tips will guide you to great photo success.
1. Focus On Depth Of Field
Your main priority when shooting landscape photography should be making sure that all of the scenery is in focus. To do this you will need to choose a small aperture setting (large number).
So simply, the smaller the aperture the greater the depth of field in your photo.
TIP: A smaller aperture also means less light, so try increasing your ISO or extending your shutter speed.
2. Take A Tripod
Always take a tripod with you when photographing landscapes. The conditions could be windy or too unstable for you to take hand held shots.
It’s also vital if you’re trying to achieve high resolution long exposure photography. You’ll want to keep your camera as stable as possible if you want to keep the photo quality high!
3. Find A Focal Point
A great guide to follow is using the ‘rule of thirds‘, as this allows you to break up your photo and understand the focal points. Many photographers take too many photos without thinking about the actual elements.
Always ask yourself what is the most interesting part of the photo? Then work out how you draw the focus to that particular point. An example of this could be a path that leads you to that area or horizon that brings the image central.
4. How Good Is The Sky?
The sky can sometimes make or break a quality photo. If you have too much light it can leave over exposed areas, but if you have too little it can make areas very dark.
TIP: Golden hour (As the sun starts to go down) is the best time to shoot. It creates clean soft lighting and beautiful atmosphere to any landscape.
5. Follow Those Lines
Leadings lines are favourite in the photography industry, they draw you straight down the photo. If you find a location with strong or repetitive lines, try experiment with this opportunity.
6. Experiment With Movement
What i’ve learned to do is watch anything that moves in the landscape e.g water, clouds or grass. Can you take advantage of long exposures and photograph some natural movement?
I’ve constantly see beautiful long exposures all the time, and instagram is a great place for inspiration.
(Credit William Bout)
7. Weather Options
You have to be realistic when taking landscape photos, could there be other risks? Never take too much of a gamble with your equipment in bad weather conditions. The worst feeling is breaking or losing equipment because of some wind or rain.
Take your time, plan out the best days to shoot and focus on whats right for you!
8. Change Where You Stand
I’ve said this many times before, but don’t follow the crowd, move about more. If you focus yourself in one spot you always miss other opportunities for great captures.
Experiment with height too by finding yourself a good view point or shooting low amongst the land.
9. Build A List Of Locations
Learn more about your local surroundings and research online. You will be amazed what you find online whether it’s inspiration or just from someone else’s experience.
Pick a location and go explore, its the best thing you can do!