Tips to Improve Your Landscape Photography

How to Improve Your Landscape Photography


It's a lovely world we live in, and no one knows this better than people who have a love of photography. Whether you already know to to get some amazing landsape shots, or are a complete novice, there are many ways to improve your landscape photography. 


So, whether you're an expert, intermediate, or simply an amateur, here are some useful landscape photography tips to give your photographs that additional wow factor. A really astonishing photo is the ideal show-halting addition to your online photography portfolio, and can even win you more Instagram devotees.

 
 Find the perfect location

Deciding on an ideal photography setting is one of the most difficult aspects of photography, regardless of whether you're doing portrait, landscape or wildlife. 

So what makes a decent scene for photography?  Things like waterways, streams, snow, grass, and mountains are always a good start. 

 

Experiment With Lenses

When it comes to creating beautiful landscape shots, having a wide angle lens is essential. The majority of landscape photographers prefer wide lenses (16mm or greater).  That's not to say that you can't get good landscape photos if your lens isn't extremely wide.  It's certainly possible to use an iPhone for landscape photography.  



 Use Filters

There were IRL filters long before there were Instagram filters. Filters can be a lot of fun.  In landscape photography, a neutral-density (ND) filter is a fantastic (and often underappreciated) tool. An ND filter does not affect the colour of your photo. It works by stopping light from reaching the camera sensor, allowing you to use slower shutter speeds, and that will blur moving objects.

When done correctly, this creates a velvety look that is quite lovely.



Keep Composition in Mind

Landscape photography can soon become stale if it lacks creative composition.

Consider different viewpoints and angles. As humans, we are all conformed to a specific eye level. Adding some variation to the perspectives can help you create new and original compositions.

Also, try using leading lines to direct the viewer's eye to a specific place.  Streams, paths, fences, roads, etc. will lead the eye to the focal point of your photo.



 Try Not to Depend on Post-Processing


Adhering to post-processing best practices will significantly improve your landscape photography approach and help you take your photographs to the next level. While it's true that moving the horizon on your shot or changing the exposure or saturation can make a great difference, while taking landscape photos, it's crucial not to completely rely on post-production. Use the correct settings and strategies to set yourself up for success while you're shooting.



Remember Your Tripods

Having a robust and trustworthy tripod is essential when shooting landscape pictures at certain shutter speeds.  The tripod should be stable enough to resist all types of weather while also being light enough to travel with.

If your budget can handle two different tripods, it will be worthwhile. It's useful to have both a larger, more traditional tripod (for those “pull over to the side of the road” images) and a miniature tripod (like the popular and economical JOBY GorillaPod) that can easily grab onto fascinating angles.



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2 comments

  1. I've never been really good at landscape photography but I'd love to sit out with a wide lens and a tripod one day!

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    1. Honestly, it's never been my strength either. I'd like to try one of those neutral-density filters sometime.

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