Do you love looking at beauty of your surroundings? Do you find excitement and fun in capturing the beauty of nature through your lens?
Well, many of us feel calm, inspired and relaxed when we see wonderful landscapes and sceneries before us. We marvel at the sight of high-rise mountains, flowing river, streams, hills and similar nature forms. Some of us capture these magnificent images using our cameras so we can later print them out and share with people who also find pleasure in landscape photos.
Landscape photography is among the popular forms of photography before up until today. Some individuals shoot landscapes for the fun of it while others do it professionally. If you are interested to shoot like a pro and be able to produce awe-inspiring photographs, then here are some landscape photograph tips you must learn and keep in mind.
Shoot during the golden hour
You can ask professional photographers particularly those who shoot outdoors on what time they love to take pictures and most if not all will surely answer during the “golden hour”. The golden hour refers to the dawn or dusk or more specifically an hour before the sun rises and an hour before the sun goes down. The natural light from sun during these times is just perfect for a landscape shoot. It brings out the right colors and highlights the harmony of the important elements of a landscape like its pattern, shapes and hues.
Learn how to use a tripod when shooting
If you are unfamiliar with tripod, a tripod is a three-legged equipment that most professional photographers use to get more stability when shooting. They place their cameras on the tripod to avoid camera shakes or movement. Camera shakes can ruin your images so you have to avoid it by using a tripod plus a remote shutter to take the shot.
Know the expected weather
Unless you plan to take a shot of the dark clouds or the rain, it is best to know ahead the expected weather on your desired shooting day. This can help you prepare on what gear to bring to avoid getting wet or hurt or you may also cancel it if you need a clear weather for your anticipated shot.
Select a focal point before you shoot
Even if you are interested in shooting the whole scenery, it is critical for you to select a focal point before clicking on your camera. The focal point can make your image look more interesting and balanced. Your viewers will know where to look at or keep their focus on.
Shoot in RAW
Setting your DSLR to shoot RAW can help you achieve the exact image as you captured it. No data gets removed so you end up with the unprocessed format which is easier to modify later using Photoshop or Adobe. You can enhance your images according to your own style.
Compose using the rule of thirds
The “rule of thirds” is a known principle used by professional photographers in composing their shots. In the rule of thirds, you will create imaginary lines – 2 vertical and two horizontal to divide the whole scene. You will then position your subject into one of the imaginary lines. This will create a balance in the scene so you will get a more dynamic landscape.
There are still a lot of things you need to know about landscape photography but keeping in mind the above-mentioned tips can help you get started.