The beauty of our surroundings is really amazing. There are many wonderful types of scenery, water forms and land forms that we see especially when visiting rural areas. Some of us would even intentionally travel to places just to view popular landmarks, places or tourist spots. For those who are into photography, being able to capture a perfect image of this wonderful place gives them delight.
Both amateur and professional photographers who love shooting pictures of nature are hooked in landscape photography. While you can just easily grab your DSLR to take photos of a wonderful subject you see, there are ways you can produce better landscape pictures.
Here are 6 of the best tips we have gathered on how one can become good in landscape photography.
Plan your composition before clicking your camera
Composing your shot is important if you real aim to get a perfect, balanced landscape picture. Check if the horizon is straight, decide what to add in your shot whether the foreground or sky whichever looks interesting. You can also apply the “rule of thirds” and create 4 imaginary lines to divide the scene equally and position your subject or focus on one of the intersecting lines. This will create a more visually-appealing landscape that is balanced and well-composed.
Find inspiration and ideas from others
It won’t hurt to get ideas and be inspired by other photographers or artists. You can take a look at landscape paintings and pictures from website online or by visiting museum or photo exhibits. You can also search online for best landscape locations and plan how to innovate the existing popular landscape pictures so yours will look better but different.
Shoot during the golden hour
The amount of available light in a location can affect the quality of an image – insufficient light can give you unclear or dark images while too much light can also bring poor quality images. In landscape photography, it is advisable that you shoot during the golden hours so the natural light from the sun is just right.
Golden hours refer to the hour before the sun rises in the morning and the hour before the sun goes down. During these times, landscapes will appear more striking with impressive golden light that you can notice in your captured image. The pictures you took during these times will definitely look more appealing.
Use a tripod to avoid camera shakes
There are places where the ground is not flat and there are also tough terrains where shooting is somehow difficult. You have to find a way to keep yourself balanced and be able to carry your camera well. One good way to resolve this is to use a tripod. You can setup your reliable tripod in your chosen spot, place your camera, compose your shot and click on the camera or use a remote trigger to take shots when ready. This can help lessen if not totally remove camera movement or shakes. Remember that camera shakes can lessen the quality of your image or make it blurry.
Create sense of depth
Getting right depth of field is important when shooting landscapes. You have to choose the right aperture that can give focus on the subject to make it look sharp and not boring to viewers.
Shoot in RAW
Choosing to shoot in RAW can make it easier for a landscape photographer like you to manipulate your captured landscapes later during post production. No data is lost and the image did not undergo any processing when capture on camera. You can get the image that is almost exactly how it looked before you clicked your camera. Even our professional north east wedding photographer prefers to shoot in RAW.