Almost every one of us has taken some or the other landscape shots at some point of time. But how about breaking free from mundane shots and pouring some freshness in the images you capture? Here are some tips which have helped me amazingly in improving my landscape photography skills, and I am sure they will also help you. Read on!
Read the landscape
Prior to taking shots of landscapes, I would suggest that you take some time to survey the entire land to find out any specific objects that’s worth a shot. Ensure that you are in the finest spot with respect to the position of the sun. This will enable you to take the most eye-catchy shots, even in the most common landscapes.
Look for the magical moment
More often than not, the quality of light decides the beauty of landscape photos. I have seen veteran photographers taking their shots in the early morning or late in the afternoon. At these particular points of time, the sun is lower and hence you will get lesser contrast. If you are lucky enough, you will also be able to take a snap with a unique combination of moody hues. So far as photography is concerned, the moments before dusk or after dawn are the magical moments. However, if you miss out on these moments, there’s absolutely no need to worry. There will be a plenty of opportunities to shoot landscapes throughout the entire day.
If you want to be a good (or shall I say aesthetically well?) landscape photographer, I would definitely like to tell you to put in your kit bag a circular polarizing filter. This type of filter comes handy in a number of situations, but I would like to point out two major uses of this for the landscape photographer- the first is cutting out unnecessary glare and reflections and the second is enhanced color saturation and intensity as well as contrast.
Make use of a tripod
From my own experience, I have seen that often you need to select a longer shutter speed when the aperture is small. You need to find some means to make sure that the camera is totally still throughout the exposure. Even if you can carry out shooting with a fast shutter speed, using a tripod can greatly help you. For additional camera stillness, you may even take into account a wireless or cable shutter release mechanism.
Search for a focal point
Every shot including landscapes needs some kind of focal point. If you do not have a focal point, your landscape shots will look somewhat empty leaving the spectator’s gaze roaming across the image without resting on any particular point. In case of a landscape, the focal point can range from a structure, building or a boulder to a striking tree or a silhouette, amongst others. While you are taking the snap, you should think about not only what the focal point ought to be, but also where it should be placed.
Does this surprise you? Well, I know that when it is a question of landscapes, most people think about passive, serene and calm environments. But you must know that hardly any landscape is completely still and if you can capture that movement it will add mood and drama to the image, thereby arousing interest. Some common instances are waves on a beach, moving clouds, wind in trees, and so on. Capturing movement implies that you should go for a longer shutter speed.
Depth of field
A number of landscape photographers wish to take shots that appear sharp across the entire scene, so that objects which are supposedly in the foreground, such as a rock within a lake, appear as distinct as the distant horizon. This can be done conveniently by using the depth of field principle, which says that the smaller the aperture used, the greater the area which appears to be sharp both in front of and beyond the focal point.
I hope you really found these tips interesting and exciting. Do apply them whenever you are taking landscape shots, and you will definitely see a remarkable difference in the outcome. So, are you ready for your next shot?