10 Landscape Photography Tips
Written 8 years ago by Mark Evans
Landscape photography has always been a favourite of mine, and if you know me, then I don’t do anything fast, so in this respect Landscape photography suits me perfectly! But not only do I like to take my time with it, I like to get things spot on.Ã‚ Here are some tips that I’ve picked up over the years that have helped my photography; hopefully they’ll also help you to shoot some stunning landscapes.
1. Use a Tripod
Having the right gear for the job isÃ‚ paramount so this may seem a little obvious but, use a tripod. Having a really steady base for your camera is pretty important. In landscape photography, exposures can be anywhere from 1/250s to a minute, so to avoid camera shake, the use ofÃ‚ a good tripod is essential.Ã‚ If you’re in a position where a tripod can’t be used then try to rest your camera on anything that will provide support like a fence post or a car roof.
2. Try Using a Shutter Release
Another almost essential part of your landscape photography kit is a Shutter Release Cable.Ã‚ Try to use one of these so you don’t wobble your camera when taking a picture, or when timing is critical.Ã‚ If you can’t afford a cable, or just don’t want/need one, then try using the 10sec timer of your camera instead.
3. Get a Hotshoe Bubble Level
Now, you can probably not use one and then have to faff about with your pictures later on getting them straightened up in Photoshop, but I prefer to get my horizons level when I take the picture, saving me the time and hassle later on.Ã‚ They’re pretty cheap, really easy to use, and will save you time in the long run.
4. Learn from Others
It’s easy to get stuck taking the same sort of photos day in day out. Try to vary your technique, or approach scenes in a different way to get photos that are just a little different from the rest. Get inspiration by looking at other peoples photographs; this is not to copy them but to get different ideas that you can use when you’re in a similar situation.Ã‚ I find this is a great way to find new ideas for composition.
5. Foreground Interest
Try including an object in the foreground to add more appeal to your images. Sometimes we tend to focus too much on the main subject and forget about what’s in the foreground, but including an object like a rock or bush adds another point in the story of your photograph, and helps lead the viewers eyes through the frame.Ã‚ Foreground Interest also helps to achieve a more balanced composition by empathizing with the main subject.
6. Lead in Lines
Coupled with Foreground Interest, Lead in Lines are great for capturing the way a viewer looks at your photograph. Try to compose your scene so that features like roads, railings, railway lines, streams, shorelines etc, run from or near your foreground interest towards your main focal point.Ã‚ This way it gives your image a sense of direction; the viewers eyes are directed where you want them, so the story of your scene can be conveyed more clearly.
7. Know the Story
They say a picture paints a thousand words, and yours should too (well maybe not quite 1000!) so before you take a meaningless photo, think about what you are trying to convey and why.Ã‚ It gives your picture more meaning if it has a story behind it and the viewer will (hopefully) be more interested and take more from it.
8. The Rule of Thirds
Use the rule of thirds, so that your foreground interest and main subject fall on theÃ‚ intersections of the imaginary thirds lines.Ã‚ This helps achieve a balanced composition and makes your scene easier on the eye.Ã‚ See the Starting Out article for more information on The Rule Of Thirds.
9. Stick to the Rules
Unless you’re supremely confident in your photography, then stick to the rules and guidelines.Ã‚ Breaking the rules can give some of the best results, but don’t just ignore them without knowing why you are doing so. OnceÃ‚ you know the ropes and can understand why you would break a particular rule then the world is your oyster.
10. Get Feedback
An essential part of the learning process is hearing what others think about your pictures. Criticism, either positive or negative is great for gauging how your photography is progressing, so upload what you think are your best shots to photo sites for some feedback; you may be surprised to find that what you think is a good photograph may in fact need some improvements.Ã‚ Also, there’s no point taking great photos if they are eventually abandoned in a corner of your hard drive. If you’ve got some nice shots, show them to your family and friends or even get them printed and put them on your wall for all to see.
I find an important part of my photography is to never stop learning things, that way it keeps me interested and gives me the enthusiasm to go out and seek cool landscapes to shoot.Ã‚ Getting helpful tips and advice from other photographers is just one way of doing that, along with reading books and magazines – I find these great for inspiration.Ã‚ So if you have any great tips that have helped you along your way in Landscape photography and think they might help others, please post them in the comments section below.
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