Taking landscape pictures seems to be very easy but for some reasons they appear to be not of a very good quality. Knowing the basic of landscape photography is as important as knowing your camera settings. To become a good photographer and make wonderful landscape photos you need to be patient as it will take time, efforts and many shots to master landscape photography.
Basics of landscape photography for creating unique images
- Know your camera settings. No matter how expensive and professional your camera is, you need to know perfectly well hot to use it and change settings, depending on location, light, and type of shooting. It is not a professional camera that is responsible for a great photo, it is a photographer.
- Location. It is obvious that landscape photography is all about location. Before your start shooting, you should have a clear understanding of where and what you are going to shoot.
- Light. Light plays a tremendous role when shooting landscapes. Photographers say that the best time to shoot landscapes is early morning or late afternoon. Taking photos when it is dark is more complicated and requires different camera settings.
- Composition. It seems that you cannot change anything when shooting nature but if the scene does not look good to you, it will not look good even being “photoshopped”. Sometimes even changing an angle a little bit can change the scene completely. Do not be afraid of excluding unnecessary objects that do not blend or add to the scene.
- Focus. Unlike portraits landscape photography requires everything to be in focus without any blurs. You can control the depth of the field and set the aperture to a larger number, and that will help achieve the desired result.
- Filters and editors. Landscape photos should be natural. Surely, you should edit them but they should not be edited too much with thousands of filters. Nature is about looking naturally.
- Be patient. Even professionals need time to get a good image. Be patient and ready that there will be times when you need more than 10 shots to achieve the desired result.
- RAW-format. It usually keeps more details and gives more flexibility without losing the quality of the image in post-production. RAW-files can be saved in any other format then but you will not be able to save JPEG photos in RAW-format. Remember it.
- ISO. Photographer usually takes photos of nature with the lowest ISO settings. It produces a better and cleaner image without unnecessary noise.
- Water. If you are taking photos of landscapes with water, the best time is at midday when the sun is just over your head.
Landscape photography is a popular genre not only among beginner but also professionals. With some practice and keeping in mind the above-mentioned basic rules, you will master landscape skills and become a professional.