A lot of professional photographers used to simple photo hobbyists who love to capture wonderful images of nature. We then like to take picture of the tall trees, high mountains, glistening waterfalls and flowing river. We cannot deny that most of us started shooting landscapes before diverting to other forms of photography. Others continue to pursue landscape photography and became a professional landscape photographer.
What Makes Landscape Photography Interesting
Landscape photography is undeniable an interesting form of photography and this is one of the many reasons professional photographers continue to love it. Even amateur photographers are aiming to master the art of perfecting landscape images. They feel that landscape photography has so much to offer not only to them who are earning an income from it but also to the viewers who get visually entertained by brilliant landscape images.
How to Master Landscape Photography
Landscape photography, though, is not an easy form to master. It takes time, patience and practice before you can finally declare that you are a professional landscape photographer. There are plenty of things you need to learn and be prepared for. If you are seriously planning to master landscape photography, then here are some basic yet essential tips for you.
Always plan your trip ahead
Planning for a landscape photo shoot involves bring the right equipment, doing a research about the location, possibly scouting it ahead and planning on what shots to take.
Once you have found a nice location to shoot, perform a research on the location especially if it an uncommon site for shooting. Know every detail including how to access the place, what the expected whether is, availability of light and what hours are best to take pictures. Decide ahead also on what you type of shots you really desire to achieve.
Bring all necessary equipment
You also need to bring all essential gear so you won’t be wasting your time traveling only to realize that you missed an important item which might hinder you from getting the shots. Bring at least 2 cameras, a wide-angle lens and another set of lens, tripod, batteries and other very essential items. Check your things before leaving your home. Even wedding photographers andover always check and prepare their things ahead before going to an event.
Use wide angle lens
The kind of lens you attach to your DSLR camera has a huge impact in your captured image. The widely used lens for landscape photography is a wide angle lens. Wide angle lens allows you to get a broader perspective of the scene. By choosing a point of interest and then including either the sky or the foreground whichever is more interesting, you can surely get a brilliant landscape image.
Take shots during bad weather
If you want more unique, creative shots, try taking shots during stormy or bad weather conditions. Most landscape photos are taken in broad daylight so if you really want more captivating shots then trying photographing a landscape on a turbulent weather. Of course you will need to prepare yourself and follow safety precautions to avoid putting yourself to danger.
Check light available on location based on time
Light is important in landscape photography and even in other form of photography. Our cameras need to allow as much as light as we can get to help make our images look clear and sharp.
In landscape photography, we often take shots outdoors under the bright shining sun. Too much light will create shadows on our images so we need to find ways to diffuse light.
Taking shots during the golden hours is an advice that you will often get from professional landscape photographers. It may sound like a cliché but this advice is definitely worth taking into consideration. Most landscape photos look better
Don’t forget to bring a tripod during on your trip. A tripod is considered a very important tool for a landscape photographer. This provides stability to the camera to avoid camera shakes and also helps lessen the burden of carrying the camera all the time. You can set up your camera on the tripod, compose or plan your shots then use a remote shutter to take great landscape images.