Learning how to take landscape photos is not only fun but will enhance your photographic skills in everything you shoot. There are a few very handy methods that will really help you take better landscape photos. Many photographers will swear to using a tripod, others won’t. Other photographers will tell you to spend time sharpening and increasing the colour in Photoshop and others won’t.
I’ve photographed thousands of landscapes and I have compiled a list of landscape photography tips and techniques that have worked for me. Now I want to share them with you.
The first landscape photography tip I can share with you is always choose the right lighting. Do you want a dull landscape, a bright one or a sunset landscape photo? I’m puting this to you because lighting makes all the difference. The intensity of light will most certainly place a huge part in how your colour and light looks depending on what time of day you shoot. Always be mindful of the impact that your light will have on your landscape.
This also includes your seasons. In winter you will have not only less light to work with, but less intensity of light. This may mean dull, overcast days casting a blue hue over your photos. Or it may mean superb dawn and dusk shots due to the softer light available to you. Each time of day, along with the season, has a major impact on your photos.
The second landscape photography tip is always use a tripod. When you are working with a well lit scene during the middle of the day in spring, why do you need a tripod? It is because the more still the camera is, the sharper your photos will be. A tripod can also be handy if the light changes and you need to slow down the shutter. Once you slow down the shutter to under 50th of a second, handheld camera shake becomes apparent. You don’t to be running or walking to see evidence of camera shake. All you have to do is breathe and camera shake can be noticeable on some photos.
If your light suddenly changes and you need to slow the shutter, the tripod will enable you to create sharp shots. A shutter release cable means you won’t have to touch the camera, and a slow shutter without blur can be acheived.
Another landscape photography tip I can share with you is to use a uv filter, a lens hood and a blue graduated filter. A uv filter will protect your lens from fine particles of dust and dirt, a lens hood will stop any lens flare from the sun and a blue graduated (screw on) filter will give you lovely blue skies. You will need the screw on filter because you can’t use a square filter over the top of a lens hood, it just won’t fit.
Protect yourself too. Wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing. Or, if it’s very cold, remember to look after yourself and the camera.
Photo By Amy Renfrey
Sunset Beach, Soldiers Point, Nelson Bay, NSW, Australia
Canon EOS 500D, 1/30th, F16, ISO 400, 28mm.