How to Take Landscape Photographs
Being a photographer is a multi-skilled profession, not only do you have to feel comfortable operating your camera of choice but you also must know all the procedures that have to be followed taking different kinds of photographs. For instance, there is a vast difference taking pictures indoor and outdoor, the same too goes for taking landscape images and portrait. If you don’t take into account all the external factors that can ruin a photograph then your time as a photographer will be a difficult one. In this blog we concentrate on how to take the best landscape photographs, and give a few hints how you can get the best results.
Select Your Locations Carefully
Before thinking about taking a landscape image, select your subject very carefully. Perhaps some research online of images similar to the landscape you have chosen can give you a few pointers. These photographs will give you an idea what can be achieved with a certain landscape.
Give Yourself Options
Once you have completed your research it is time to visit the site, perhaps when you saw the images online it was a sunny day, make sure you have a backup plan what to do if it is raining or cloudy. The best way to do this is by giving yourself sufficient time, weather is notoriously variable so if you arrive early and it is inclement, you have time for things to improve.
Don’t Always use a Wide-Angled Lens
Most photographers automatically reach for a wide-angled lens when they are shooting a landscape. But there are occasions you should consider a longer lens, to capture distant details and even a telephoto lens. When you take details from a distance then you achieve a very classic compressed effect, this means the background and foreground look almost together. The further away you are magnifying this effect.
Don’t Always use a ND Filter
Filters can bring with them a whole lot of trouble, but most photographers when taking a landscape use an ND grad filter to get the best out of the sky within the whole image. But on occasion leave the filter off, if there are say buildings above the horizon and the sun is low. When this type of condition occurs, it will prove difficult to keep good detail in different shaded areas. If you are using a filter anything above the horizon will be dark.
Don’t be a Fair-Weather Photographer
Do not be deterred if the weather is not what you hoped for. There is a chance to take some dramatic photographs when the weather is at its wildest. Think of some of the images you have seen of monumental weather conditions like tornadoes or lightning storms, some of these images are most striking. The tips that we have laid out will help you understand a little more about taking landscapes. This type of photography can be most rewarding although it is often time consuming and can be susceptible to the worst that mother nature can dream up.