A favorite specialization of many starting and aspiring photographers is landscape photography.
When I was just starting out, I experimented with angles and lighting effects by taking different shots of fields, beaches, and mountains before I moved on to portraits.
As I learned along the way, I was able to take note of several landscape photography tips that I’d now love to share with you.
Finding a Focal Point
In taking pictures, I always make sure to find and emphasize a focal point. This way, the viewer’s eyes can be directed to a central point that I’d like to highlight.
Amateur photographers tend to take landscape photos that appear empty because there’s no focal point.
As a result, looking at it will make eyes wander around without anywhere to concentrate or rest on. Thus, there won’t be any impact.
Considering the Foreground
Carefully take into account the foreground of your picture. It’s best to have points of interest such as the close-up of a flower or bee with a scenic backdrop.
This provides the viewer with the feeling of being right there.
Optimizing Depth of Field
When it comes to landscape photography, it is better to have a greater depth of field instead of merely focusing on certain areas. I usually do this by setting a smaller aperture.
However, this causes lesser light to hit the image sensor so I always try to compensate by way of making the shutter speed longer or by heigtening the ISO.
Utilizing a Tripod
Since you will be using a smaller aperture and lengthening the shutter speed, it is of utmost importance that there is no movement during the exposure.
Naturally, the solution here is for you to use a tripod. This was the method I often make use of. But then, I decided later on to purchase a special mechanism for wireless shutter release so as to further add to the stillness of the camera.
To add greater interest and perhaps a unique touch too to your landscape photo, you should try to incorporate lines.
For instance, you may take pictures that include trees lined up on the side of a path. You can also include roads, beach huts in a row, or fences. Make sure that the lines lead to a particular image that you would like to stress.
Considering the Sky
I have always been fascinated with the sky, especially with the different formations of clouds and the play of sunlight.
However, based on experience and feedback from many people, it is not always good to fill up the entire picture or most of it with the sky. This is actually kinda boring.
This is why when I’m asked for landscape photography tips, I always point out this obvious fact. I have definitely learned to make sure that the sky just takes up about one-third of the upper part of landscape shots I take.
From time to time, though, you can still lower the horizon when the sky looks extra dramatic.
Not all landscape photos have to be still shots. It’s actually more interesting to see some movement captured in the image.
For instance, you can try incorporating waves at the beach, trees dancing in the wind, butterflies smelling the flowers, and the like. These will certainly make your image come to life.
Considering the Weather
When it comes to landscape photography tips, always remember that it’s very essential to work with the weather.
Different weather conditions can bring about captivating changes in the sky and surroundings. In my case, I’ve always taken the opportunity to take plenty of snapshots whenever a storm’s coming or when it’s extra windy.
When the snow is falling and haven’t covered everything yet, you may probably end up with nice landscape photographs too.
Indeed these conditions can help you come up with unique photographs that may just become some of your winning pieces.