11 Surefire Landscape Photography Tips For Beginners

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Landscape Photography allows y you to bring your creative spirit to the fore

Landscape photography is often referred to as the easier part of taking photographs but the best photographers are the ones who plan their shoots properly. The old cliché of failing to plan is planning to fail’ is ever present in this demanding sector of the industry.

This type of photography is defined as capturing the presence of nature, but it can also include man-made features or changes of landscapes.

Below are 11 tips which will help newer photographs and jolt the minds of even, the more experienced men behind the lens.:

1. Do your homework

Don’t leave anything to chance. For tomorrow’s shoot, research the weather conditions, tidal wave times and other important geographical issues the day before you set off with your camera.

2. Go the extra mile

Once you have identified the area where you want to shoot. Also check the times of sunrise and sunset as this could bring about shadow issues during the shoot.

3. Flexible Planning

The photographer cannot control the elements, so if a thundershower forces you to run for cover, make sure that you have enough additional time to finish the shoot when the weather allows. No plan is cast in stone. Change is a part of life.

4. Lenses are there for a reason

Most photographers prefer to use the wide angle lenses when on a landscape shoot. Keep all of your lenses with you as they will come in handy. The further you are from the subject, the more you will need the longer, focal length lense setting.

5. ND filters not needed on all shots

That is the easy way out. It is difficult to retain bright and darker areas of the scene in a single shot. So, use two shots. One to expose the sky and other lighter areas, while the other will show the land and darker areas. Later, open them both in Photoshop and paint in the correctly exposed areas using a layer mask.

6. HDR – not for landscape

Try not to use High Dynamic Range (HDR) for landscape shoots as it seldom produces the desired effect.

7. Storms produce the best shots

Most landscape photographer prefer shooting the rain than on a sunny day as wet weather provides super effects.

8. Rule of Thirds

Don’t get stuck on the photographic rule of thirds which suggests dividing your shot in a 3 x 3 grid, with your focal points being where the grid lines meet. Some rules don’t always work in reality. The trick is to let the subject be the importance rather than the grid.

9. Less is More

Focus on your shot and don’t cram too much into it.

10. Color is not everything

Sometimes black and white photos are winners too.

11. Returning to the Spot

Sometimes its worth going to the photographic site on more than one occasion and weather dependent, you will surely get different types of shots.

Landscape photography, like most forms of photography, gets into your system and you will want to shoot as much as possible.

This ultimately sees you visiting various destinations to get those super shot. In summary, landscape photography is the fun part of being behind a camera