10 tips for landscape photography

10 tips to take better landscape photos   1. make sure you select the landscape that speaks to you and you can relate too. some people prefer mountains, some other […]

10 tips to take better landscape photos

 

1. make sure you select the landscape that speaks to you and you can relate too. some people prefer mountains, some other rivers beaches, parks and what not. if you want to create value for yourself and for others , it would be a good idea to select something that you can relate too. also make sure you take the effort to travel the distance and wait for the magic hour of sunset or sunrise, when the light is not too strong and you can capture some interesting colours. If dark, make sure you watch the night photography tips instead of this video

 

2. have a sturdy tripod.  the core idea of a tripod is to be sturdy. if it is not, you probably have a camera to heavy for your tripod. it sounds easy but i can tell you, it is very to get the tripod wrong. When i tried my first ocean photos, my tripod was not suitable as I was stupid. i bought myself one for video instead of a ball head tripod with all angles possible. instead i had only 2 ways to tilt it. left and right, up and down. but you need also to be able to tilt of you do not get the horizon straight, rather than playing with the tripod legs. i can tell you, the wrong tripod can stuff up your picture.

3. get the right lens. usually landscapes are wide, so you want a wide lens. depending on your budget, taste, and preference, I would actually consider even a fish eye, or tilt and shift. go wider than 24 mm to capture more,

4. set your composition to tell your story. use the rule of thirds or symmetry. if the horizon is on the lower edge, it is all about the sky, if on upper third, it is all about the ground. if in the middle, it is all about the symmetry. use elements of your landscape to talk to each other and remember, it is safer to use composition rules than not using them. have your favourite tree, or mountain or whatever you want to follow th thirds as well.

5. use the lowest ISO. the entire idea of a landscape is stillness. to will not go away, so it is more important to have a lower ISO as probably the mountain won’t move, your camera will be a tripod and you can use longer exposures. if too low, you can bump it up to 3-400.

6. use the smallest aperture. landscapes are about clarity, mostly, and that is why you want the deepest depth of field you can go. also you are using a tripod, so you can afford to use longer exposures

7. last setting you need to worry about is time. you can use any time that camera with the minimum ISO and the smallest aperture, will allow you to. if you are after a simple exposure, manual mode or aperture priority will do the job.

8. for better sky colours use neutral density filters, for water you can use policing filters. for waterfalls use ND filters , even combined to allow you to expose for few seconds during daytime.

9. never be afraid to take your photos in post production. i know there is plenty of people advocating natural photos with no intervention, but post production can take an average photo and make it great. increase the vibrance, a bit of saturation, make the light lighter and the dark darker for maximum visual impact. word of advice, do not go overboard with colours. too much colour will make your picture look fake

10. make sure you share your work, and keep the passion alive as this is what photography is all about. I cannot imagine taking great photographs and keeping them hidden from the world. that entire idea of creating pictures is to ave other people to see them and appreciate  them.

About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and