Landscape Photography Tips

May 14, 2018

Landscape photography is one of the most accessible forms of photography. Essentially all you need is your camera… Good weather helps too. Here are some tips to get you started if you are a beginner or would like some inspiration as a more advanced photographer.

Choose Composition

First and foremost, you need to select what time of day you are shooting. Ideally, you want to shoot when the sun is just below the horizon, during either sunrise or sunset, known as the golden hours.

One of the most common mistakes amongst new photographers is placing the horizon smack dab in the middle of the frame. This will cut your photo in half, most likely giving too much attention to the sky or the sea or land. You want to give more prominence to eye-catching elements. A great tip for creating your composition is the rule of thirds. Placing interesting elements in the foreground, gives your photo depth.

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A wide-angle lens will give you the most depth of field and faster shutter speeds because they allow in more light and provide a greater sense of vast scenes. This is not to say you should only use a wide-angle lens; try a telephoto and experiment with different focal lengths, you’ll end up with a great variety of shots.

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There are two filters that are great for landscape photography, Polarizer and Neutral Density. Polarizer controls the amount of sunlight and reflection. It will make skies appear deeper blue, reduce the contrast between land and sky, and reduce glare and reflections from water and glass.

Similarly, Neutral Density filters reduce the amount of light coming through the lens. ND filters allow you to take long exposure shots in the middle of the day without completely blowing out your image, which then allows you to decrease the shutter speed, creating a longer exposure.

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Landscapes are generally serene scenes, however, capturing movement creates a point of interest and a dynamic image.  The movement of clouds or water will give your photo an ethereal look. To do this, you’ll need to use a slower shutter speed. Using Shutter Priority (Tv or S) allows you to set the shutter speed, while the camera calculates the appropriate aperture. If you want to be in complete control, Manual Mode is the setting for you.

With long exposure shots, I highly recommend using a tripod. Trying to go handheld with no stabilization on long exposures is a recipe for blurry photos.

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Mirror Elements

Using water is a beautiful way to create symmetry in your landscapes. The golden hour is a perfect time to capture stunning reflections on calm water.

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Leading Lines

Leading lines give an image depth and draw the viewer in. When we look at a photo, our eye is naturally drawn to lines. You can affect the way people view the image, pulling focus towards the subject or guiding them through the scene.

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