Tips for Landscape Photography
Capturing the scenes of nature is probably the first thing almost every one of us has done when we first touched cameras. And although unknowingly, many of us clicked our first landscape photographs back then. But that was just a bit of amateur photography. To click the landscape photographs perfectly, you need to learn the basic steps to do it. Here’s a quick look at some of the important Tips for Landscape Photography.
1. Shoot in the Golden Hour or the Blue Hour
Beautiful landscape photos are often defined by the quality of light they were taken in. The soft afternoon or morning light that happens around sunrise or sunset is simply the best time to be out shooting landscapes. It’s not always possible to get out at these times, but you will almost never be disappointed if you can. If rising at dawn doesn’t sit well with your idea of a relaxing weekend, don’t panic – there are plenty of great landscape opportunities throughout the day.
2. Use a Tripod
When you shoot in the Golden hour or Blue Hour, you are almost certainly going to need a Tripod to keep your camera steady and your resulting shot sharp.
The composition is key to successful landscape photography, and if you don’t know where to start, use the ‘Rule of Thirds’ to get things going.
4. Get in position
Think about your scenes and find out where you should shoot from to make the most of them. Working out where the sun will rise and set, and the sun’s position in relation to you and your landscape, will ensure you’re in the right place at the right time.
5. Shoot in RAW
However, it’s always best to shoot landscapes using your camera’s RAW quality setting, because the resulting images will contain much more ‘information.’ This allows you more scope to increase or decrease the exposure or enhance the tones and colors in Adobe Camera Raw or similar RAW processing software afterward, without compromising quality.
Before setting up, visualize the photo you’re trying to capture. Take sample shots by shooting handheld, moving around, getting up high and kneeling down really low. Take several photos until you’re sure you’re in the best spot for a good, balanced composition of foreground and background elements. Once you’ve found the best position, keep your camera in the exact spot and reach for your tripod before you shoot.
7. Get perfect color using white balance
8. Shoot With a Narrow Aperture
For successful, sharp landscape photos, you’ll want to ensure your entire scene appears in focus from front to back. To achieve this, select a narrow aperture of around f/16 or f/22 to get maximum depth of field, then focus one-third into the scene to ensure your photos are acceptably sharp from the foreground to the horizon.
9. Shoot at Low ISO
The beauty of landscapes is that you can usually plan your shot. Usually, you want a minimum of noise in your shot, so shooting at an ISO between 50 and 400 will ensure that happens for most digital cameras. Higher ISO settings can start to introduce noise.
10. Polarizing filters
Most landscape photographers will have a circular polarizing filter in their kit bag. There are many uses for filters like this, but for the landscape photographer, the two key characteristics are their ability to cut out reflections and nasty glare from a scene and the increased color intensity, saturation and contrast they create. You’ll really notice the effect in clear blue skies.
11. Experiment With All of These Tips
All rules are made to be broken. Experiment with these tips for yourself and find your own style. That is how original works of art are born.
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