Landscape Photography Tips
Landscape Photography Tips Take Your Nature Photography to the Next Level! Landscape photography is a favorite with professional and amateur photographers alike. There awaits a wealth of natural landscapes filled with beauty and drama, always changing with the seasons. To avoid taking bland images, follow these key tips below.
Landscape Photography Tips
Really great tips, I need to write these down for easy reference. Landscape photography (along with portrait photography) is something I really struggle with, these tips were especially timely for me.
Landscape Photography Tips
PhotoNoob May 24, 2007 04:36 am Really great tips, I need to write these down for easy reference. Landscape photography (along with portrait photography) is something I really struggle with, these tips were especially timely for me.
Travel and Landscape Photography March 17, 2009 01:52 pm I was just searching for another landscape article but found yours. Great article! Personally landscape photography is my favorite field. I can agree with most of the points in your article. I would probably add another one – “Do your homework”. Study the location you want to shoot before shooting, find a good spot (is it a sunset or sunrise spot?), have a backup spot, return to the same location back and back, watch the weather. Be zealous and you will be rewarded.
Congratulations, a comprehensive set of landscape photography tips. An additional tip that could be added is to photograph landscape panoramas, stitching together a series of photographs, even a layered series with more than one row. Many post-processing softwares provide excellent stitching functions. Panoramas allow the photographer to use a more moderate focal length lens which preserves a more normal perspective; therefore, more detail is preserved in the background. There are restrictions of course, such as movement in the scene which prevents accurate stitching, large areas in the scene with no detail or tonal differentiation which confuses the stitching software, and perspective distortion with a large degree of rotation views, particularly if the foreground has linearity in the scene. To optimize the technique: 1. Use manual or locked exposure so that all images are equally exposed. 2. Overlap images by about 20 – 30%. 3. For the purist, pivot camera at lens center axis which requires a special mount plate for a tripod (however standing in one spot and rotating your body usually works well) . 4. Select a moderate focal length to avoid distortion issues. Of course, experiment with different focal lengths. 5. Photograph at least two panoramic series of the same scene. Photos can be exchanged between series in the event a single photo is not satisfactory. 6. For a panorama with a large view angle, a polarizing filter can create an uneven sky color and density. For the DSLR user an important advantage is the large number of pixels that comprise a stitched image, enhancing detail and allowing larger prints. Even stitching just two portrait oriented images can give an outstanding landscape photograph that doesn’t even have the appearance of a panorama. A vendor has even developed a robot mount for digital cameras that shoots preprogrammed series of multi-level images that create panoramas that would be difficult to produce any other way.
Andrew Ferguson May 18, 2007 05:42 am Landscape photography is one of the major areas of photography that I haven’t dabbled in at all yet. Mostly because I’m too lazy to get up early and haven’t spend much time learning the tips and tricks for it. This is an amazing jumping-off point though, there’s tons of useful stuff here. I’m taking a trip to Saskatchewan at the end of August for my cousin’s wedding. I was planning on (at least once) going out at dawn or dusk to find interesting things to shoot.
Edmond landscaping February 14, 2012 01:01 pm Taking pictures from a high angle gives you a better view of the landscape. It takes practice to master landscape photography. This kind of photography not only requires state of the art gadgetry, but more importantly the skill in capturing exquisite pictures which can be obtained through constant practice.
Excellent tips and really well written. I’d add a few more tips of my own, but it’s easier to put in a link if that’s ok: Landscape and Nature Photography Journal Great photos Darren, really inspiring.
This page contains a collection of articles we have written for those who want to photograph landscapes. These landscape photography tips are written for both beginners and advanced photographers. Our goal is to help our readers improve their skills, learn new tips and techniques, and get the best out of their equipment.
these pics are amazing, although i take interest in fashion photograpy-thats what i want to do now. although, teenagers change their career choice almost everyday when they come across something ‘cool’. but for now i want to be a fashion photographer and i am taking photography at school so im trying to find cool tips and stuff for photography- any suggestions??
imaan moosa March 3, 2011 02:16 am these pics are amazing, although i take interest in fashion photograpy-thats what i want to do now. although, teenagers change their career choice almost everyday when they come across something ‘cool’. but for now i want to be a fashion photographer and i am taking photography at school so im trying to find cool tips and stuff for photography- any suggestions??
Thank you, Darren I am a beginner and your explanation of the landscape photography is very helpful! I am also going for a ten day wild animal outback photography trip in our Kruger National Park, South Africa–I have a Canon 650D and my telephoto lens is a 75-300mm. Do you have some good reading material for shooting animals and birds—moving and still shots? Kind regards. Bill Skinner
The great thing about landscape technique is that it doesn’t matter where or when you’re shooting: all of the tricks and techniques are the same. Perfect your technique and you’ll be ready to take on the world and enjoy the landscape more than ever before. When David Hockney said, “Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill,” he hit the nail on the head. By the time you’ve digested these tips, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is the weather…
Dean January 12, 2010 11:13 pm Maximising Depth of Field. You’ve hit the nail on the head about how important the depth of field is in landscape photographs, but yet you have made no mention of the most important concept there is to landscape photographers to maximising the depth of field. It’s called “Hyperfocal Distance”. If you’re serious about doing landscape photographs then you need to get your head around this simple concept, and you need to use it. And as someone teaching landscape photographs, you need to teach the students it.
Galloway Photography May 3, 2011 01:36 am Great tips, and excellent images! I love to travel and take landscape / nature photo’s. Perhaps the best advice is to shoot during the “golden hour”. Early morning’s and late afternoon / evening generally provide the best light
necunoscutu’ March 4, 2011 04:25 am at no.1 “maximise the depth of field” i would mention the hyperfocal distance which gives absolutely top results when comes to landscape photography. at no.9 “work in the golden hours” i would say that yes, at those times one might have the best light and the soft shadows but it’s worth mentioning the “sunny f/16” rule which also have great results. very helpful tips. keep them coming
Landscape photography is a favorite with professional and amateur photographers alike. There awaits a wealth of natural landscapes filled with beauty and drama, always changing with the seasons. To avoid taking bland images, follow these key tips below.
I was just searching for another landscape article but found yours. Great article! Personally landscape photography is my favorite field. I can agree with most of the points in your article. I would probably add another one – “Do your homework”. Study the location you want to shoot before shooting, find a good spot (is it a sunset or sunrise spot?), have a backup spot, return to the same location back and back, watch the weather. Be zealous and you will be rewarded.
1. Start with a vision of you want to achieve as a landscape photographer. 2. Quality is better than quantity. 3. Keep yourself motivated. You will realize that landscape photography is not easy—the weather, the hiking, getting the best conditions for the shot or mood you want. 4. Look to others’ work for inspiration, and keep on learning. It never stops.
Landscape photography is a subject where you can use a wide range of lenses, from the wide-angles you probably think of first all the way up to telephotos. While the location and subject will always dictate the best focal length and technique to use, every landscape photographer certainly needs an ultra-wide-angle lens in their kit bag.
Digital photography is becoming the most popular hobby of the world today. The recent developments of smartphones, iphone/ipad has changed the way, how we think of photography. To give professional touch to your photographs, now it is not necessary to consult some professional. One may use various tools and apps to make one’s photographs masterpieces instantly with a few taps, particularly those taken on graduation/wedding ceremony, honeymoon trip or New Year celebrations. I have used many such apps in recent past. One of such app is Photo Splash FX on iPhone/iPad that provides following unique features that you can’t find in any other app altogether. I noticed following notable features: