Photography has long been a form of creative outlet; with the dawn of digital technology it has made this art form accessible thus the emergence of so many enthusiasts in the world today. Landscape photography is one genre that is now gaining popularity. And with airline fares being cheap, exotic destinations like Iceland, Norway, New Zealand, etc. are easier to go to.
Here are some tips to help you in capturing those timeless and enduring scenes;
- Use a reliable camera. Landscape or outdoor photography means you are in uncontrolled environment. It is essential that you use a camera that will not falter in any conditions. Make sure your cameras are weather sealed or buy a system that is know to perform well in rugged outdoor.
- Read the manual. Until now, I still read the manual from time to time. Knowing your gear is essential, you can maximize the potential of your camera.
- Attend Workshops. The emergence of professional workshops has increased the learning curve. Today new enthusiasts can learn different genre of photography in a short time. Our photo tours have workshops included that takes you to the right place at the right moment armed with the right techniques.
- Use RAW. Raw is the digital equivalent of film negatives. More information is captured using this medium than JPEG. Also, in post you can correct certain aspect of the photos such as white balance, picture style, etc.
- Research. Going on a trip? Have you booked the Hotel? Have you also consider researching the place for potential landscape scenes? Is the place sunrise or sunset? Research plays an important role in making a photograph. It gives you more time to visualize and compose your shot even before going to the place. Having a reliable photo tour company saves you the hassle and time looking for the exact locations.
- Depth of Field. Maximizing your depth of field is the normal to ensure that as much of your scene is in focus as possible. The simplest way to do this is to choose a small aperture setting (Read tip number 1).
- Filters. These are the primary weapons of Landscape photographers, neutral density filters are used to diminish light thus having those silky smooth waters. Graduate neutral density filters balances exposures between the sky and foreground.
- Use a focal point. Landscape photos would always have a focal point to lead your eye to the rest of the photos. A good foreground element is usually critical for visual design and composition.
- Get yourself in the action. The most successful landscape shots are not taken by the road or by the safe sandy beach. You have to explore and in some point trek to get those timeless landscape photos. Having a good photographer guide will make sure you safely arrive at those destinations.
- Get it right at the click of the shutter and not the mouse. Always have that discipline of getting the shot correct off the LCD. Digital doesn’t mean discipline must be sacrificed. It’s not the number of shots that is important but the quality of these shots. You have all the equipment in your hands to get the right exposure, the right white balance, etc. Don’t waste this technology by correcting and editing it in post.