If you’re interested in trying landscape photography you may be looking for some beginners tips. Capturing stunning landscapes isn’t simple, but with our landscape photography tips and tricks, we can help bring some of that beautiful view with you when you leave.
Get the Right Light
Getting the right light for landscape photography can be tricky. There are certainly ways to manage tough light, but the easiest option for beginners is to wait for the right lighting conditions to shoot. Don’t assume a bright sunny day is the best for shooting, direct sunlight creates lots of contrast and very dark shadows which can obscure your landscape photography in harsh ways. Try shooting earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon when the sun isn’t peak, as this will give less contrast. Also, not be put off by clouds. If the weather is cloudy, you don’t have to wait for it to clear because clouds filter out the sunlight for a softer, more even light.
Use a Tripod
Using a tripod will help enormously for getting sharp shots, which is important in landscape photography. A good quality tripod will remove the camera shake you get with handheld photography which can ruin your photos. Most amazing landscape photography is a result of using longer shutter speeds and a tripod is necessary for getting these crips shots. Invest in a sturdy tripod that’s lightweight enough to carry and you’ll see the difference it makes to your landscape photography.
Place the Horizon
Instead of just shooting random pictures, think carefully about where to place the horizon in the camera frame. Many beginners automatically put the horizon in the centre of the image, but this doesn’t make for an exciting photo. Decide what the most interesting part of the scenery is you want to shoot and frame it accordingly in the shot. If the landscape is what you want to capture, put the horizon on the upper third half of the shot. If you think the sky will make the difference to your landscape photography, try placing the horizon on the lower third.
Try switching on your RAW settings on your camera for a simple way of taking better photos. You can find the RAW settings in the image quality options on your camera menu. Turning on this option may seem simple, but it makes a huge difference. RAW files give you more flexibility in the editing process and make a dramatic difference in your final shot. RAW files are larger because they give you more data to work within the editing process, giving you more freedom in how to style your landscape photography.
Use a Long Exposure
Long exposures are perfect for creating a sense of movement in a still scene, and it’s a very effective tool for landscape photography. To shoot a long exposure, set your camera up on a tripod. Use the shutter mode or manual mode to choose a longer shutter speed. Start with a 30-second exposure and work up from there to adjust your shots. If your image is too bright, you can always add filters over the top.
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