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How to Take Better Landscape Photograph

Whenever you look on the Internet, all the landscape photography tips look the same. Like the golden hour, setting the camera right, wide-angle etc. In my opinion landscape, photography is an art of form which gives you the freedom to take the perfect shot. Landscape photography is a diverse topic what we can’t really be summarized in a single post. Today I’m going to talk about few best landscape photography tips that will have an immediate impact on your photography skills. I’ll try to expand the topic more in future posts here at LensForPhotography. So let’s find out how you can make your landscape photography better.

Unity

Let me tell you that a diverse portfolio within your range is the key to be successful. It’s important to make your excellent work stand out from the crowd by having a signature line and style of personal approach. Your style helps you to get recognized as a signature photographer and with this, you can attract your customers too. A stand-out should is not something that you will get over-night, it takes time and practice to get there.

Appreciating Landscape

Don’t get excited too early to travel far-way to take beautiful photos. Try to appreciate the landscape around you and take shots from there. Appreciation of the corner is highly rewarding if you know the exact use of it. If you look around you, you’ll see a change of seasons in flowers or even wildlife just around that can hard a beautiful and potential masterpiece.

Light

Going out at only in golden hour is not that great to take a potential masterpiece. You can even capture some of the best even in bad weather. I’ve read a line thousand times that other photographers say or write in their article which is “Only take pictures when the light is good”. If you ask me about this sentence, I would say I really don’t like that. What I like to do is go out at any time of the day and in any weather. It really depends on your skill and the gear you have with you.

Quality Tripod

To make sure you have the best use of your skill, you need to invest in a quality tripod which will make sure you the potential masterpiece. Here are few things that you need to consider while thinking to buy a tripod for your landscape photography.

  • Ability to get wide-angle lens closer to your subject.
  • Wight must be heavier rather than light just to make sure it does not flutter in the wind.
  • It should have quality twist-locks just to make sure they don’t get caught in the undergrowth just like their level-lock counterparts.
  • Make sure it has large rubber feet grip rock and absorbs vibrations.

I generally go through a lot of things before buying a tripod for my work. Currently, I’m using the magnificent Sirui K-20X 38mm Ballhead for my daily use. I also have a much Havier Manfrotto MT290A3 tripod for other uses. All three of them helps to get the perfect shot that I want as a professional photographer.

Editing

Yeah, editing your does matter. Try to embrace the power of the digital tools. You should learn how to balance color and control levels, curves. High dynamic range images are something that all the landscape photographers use these days. Try to cherish your photo editing skills like a friend and make the best out of it. Even after taking the photo work with the some best editing tools out there in the market.

Focus

Microphotography technique is one of the best for landscape photography. It captures every detail in images and is crucial for the shooting at minimum focus distance. This technique helps taking multiple shots at various focus distance when you are in the field.

Getting Closer

Getting your camera closer to your subject is a great way to approach for a great shot. Just make sure that if the lens will still focus this closer or not. If it does with ease try to get closer to your subject until you’re struggling to get that image sharp and crisp. I normally use Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 to take a fantastic landscape photograph. This lens is a great help for my wide-angle work and gives minimum focus distance is at 9.88” which is perfect for the shots. If you shot at the minimum focus distance with this wide-angle, it will lunch your photos to the next level. It enlarges foreground subjects and tells the viewer what is his/her picture is all about.

Night

Taking landscape photos at night is a great idea. You can stay in a nearby hotel but that will not put you in the exact position to take the shot. I always take my Nordisk Telemark lightweight tent with me whenever working at night. It makes sure that I can stay anywhere when I need to take the right shot. There are few things that you need to consider while doing wild camping. Before going outside at night make sure you know the rules of that country night camping. Each country has their own rules on this.

Knowing the land

Don’t just go anywhere that you don’t know. Before starting to use the Google Earth to plane your shots. This is one of the best landscape photography tips that everyone can get the benefit. With the daylight slider, you’ll be able to cast shadows over the land in order to plan the shots with detail.

Normal Lens

Before going for an actual shot it’s great to practice with a normal lens. Training your eyes is extremely essential. It will help you to judge if a composition works for a given scene or not. So for the training part, you should be using a normal landscape photography lens before the wide-angle lens. The lens form canon like Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM or the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is best for the practice sessions. This confines you to get the 50mm focal length. These lenses frame the landscape that resembles apparent zoom like the human eye. This helps to scout composition on the days when you’re not shooting.

Final Thoughts

The stand-out shot is not something that you’ll be able to develop overnight. It takes years, even decades to master your style. It helps you spend more time with your genre and style. Just make sure you stick to your own style and go on.