Landscape photography is all about capturing outdoor scenes in eye catching and artful ways. It’s a general misconception that landscape photography is essentially nature photography. But in reality, an extensive view of a city can also be considered as a landscape.
As a Beginner landscape photographer, it requires a lot of thought and creativity before you actually click the shutter. Today we are going to share a few tips regarding what it takes to click that perfect shot! Without any further ado let’s get started.
1. Understanding And Configuring Your Camera
As a landscape photographer, or for that matter any photographer, you first need to equip yourself with a good lens. One doesn’t have to directly go for expensive high-end cameras in the beginning, take your time to research properly before making your purchase. Commonly DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are great choices for landscape photography.
For starters, learn about the exposure triangle- shutter, aperture and ISO. With this you will be able to get proper settings to click that perfect picture you want to shoot.
2. Find Good Lighting
Certainly, shooting at the golden hours is the the best, but one can click stunning pictures in daylight too. It takes time to understand the characteristics of light but with proper practice and experience you can figure out what time works best for you and you can plan your shoot accordingly!
3. Think Out of The Box
Well…it’s only plausible that if you click what everyone clicks, you’ll have the same photo like everyone else. To stand out amongst other landscape photographers, you need to be creative and think out of the box. You can add a human element or even remove it, try sub framing your scenes, and trust me, you can literally play with reflections. You can use a variety of such concepts to set your work apart.
Filters can add a wonderful twist to the photo you are going to click. I’ll keep it short here but some filters like polarizing filters and Neutral density filter are nearly as important as good lens.
Polarizing filter manages reflections, suppresses glares, darken the sky and make it deeper and richer blue. This highlights the clouds. This filter is easy to use, you simply turn it on and wait till the glare disappears.
In simple words, neutral density filter is sunglasses of your lens. It filters out certain amount of lights entering your lens which helps in slowing the shutter speed.
5. Processing Your Photos
Adobe photoshop and lightroom are two very popular and excellent professional level post processing programs. You can use them to make all necessary edits and to give final touch to your photos. Photo editing is a really handy skill that you can learn and a lot of tutorials are available for free online.
Now that you have read this far, you have got a basic idea about few very essential concepts about landscape photography. You don’t have to settle just as a beginner Landscape photographer, you can learn every style with proper education and resources. Through your lens, you can see the world with a completely different perspective. With continuous practice, you can master the skill and you will start seeing things in a whole different way.
So, Get, Set, Shoot!