So you and your photography-enthusiast buddies finally decided to forfeit your Sunday morning sleep and head out for some landscape photography. Well isn’t that a trip worth having! It’s quite a feeling for us photographers to wake up before sunrise, pack our camera bags and go for a photographic adventure. But before you go, let us give you a few valuable tips on how to take the excellent landscape photos. Read on.
1. Use the Rule of Thirds
This is one of those tips that any photographer should just imprint in his head permanently. When you’re taking landscape shots, they’re bound to include the sky, the sea, mountains, and the horizon. It’s important to give dominance to one of these bodies and to use the Rule of Thirds is the best way to do so. Simply compose your image such that the most appealing area of the image (e.g. the sky) takes two-thirds of the picture.
2. Use a tripod
Sure, you aren’t capturing high-speed action or birds but still it is important to use a tripod during landscape shots to get the sharpest of images. Even the slightest movement may cause blurry images.
3. Shoot during the golden hours
That’s right. That’s the reason you have to wake up early on a beautiful Sunday morning. The best time to shoot landscapes is just after sunrise or just before sunset.
That’s when the sun’s light has a subtle and mellow intensity which works wonders on a photo. Shooting during broad daylight or at noon results in harsh lighting and over-exposed images.
4. Use a high aperture setting
Shooting a landscape means that everything is far away unless you’re not shooting a typical landscape. That means everything from the mountains to the sea should be in focus. If you use a smaller aperture setting (bigger opening), then you get a shallow depth of field which means that only a part of your image will be in focus.
It’s best to use something above f/10, depending on the amount of light you have at your disposal. To know more about shutter speed settings, you may refer to another article on how to choose camera shutter speed.
5. Find a focal point
Always find something that you can focus on so that you can draw viewer’s eyes to a point to look at (focal point). An image with no definite focal point would look empty because the viewer’s eye will not rest on a single point and keep looking for it.
6. Always analyse the sky
Most landscape shots will have the sky playing a significant role in it. It’s important to make the sky look appealing. A lot depends on the weather on that particular day. Make sure to look at the sky and decide on how much you want to include it in your photo. If the sky is majorly empty (sunny) that day with washed out colours, then there’s no need to fill two-thirds of your image with it. That will just waste your compositional space. If, however, the sky has some unusual cloud formations and right colour then you can include more of it by lowering the horizon of your shot.
7. Capture movement
This technique comes in handy when you’re shooting a waterfall or a river, and you want that perfect image that captures the movement of the waterfall.
It’s really simple, just decrease the shutter speed to about half a second and you’re good to go. Also, always use a tripod for this and make sure your aperture is set appropriately.
Well then, what are you waiting for? Take out your digital camera or buy one using the incredible Camera Offers. Just set that alarm to wake you at the break of dawn and shoot some amazing landscapes!