First of all, I want to tell you this guide for landscape photography will be useful for you, whether you are a fan of landscape photography or if you just want to take the best record of your trips. In this article, we share everything you need to know. From the equipment you’ll need, to tricks and techniques for every situation. In this guide, you will find detailed information to get the most out of each photographic going out.

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

What Equipment Should You Carry For Landscapes’ Photography?

  • Lens

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

It is said that great shots are the merit photographer’s and not of the camera. However, choosing the right equipment will make the job easier. Wide-angle lenses are often the favorites for landscape photography. They cover an angle wider than that of the human eye. In addition, they have a shorter focal length than the more conventional targets. This causes the lens to capture a greater proportion of the scene from a shorter distance.

  • Tripod

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

It will be of great help to carry a tripod for stabilizing the camera and avoid mistakes. As a result, you will have more stability and greater use of light.

  • UV Filters

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

A UV filter to protect the lens from ultraviolet rays, and why not, from dust, scratches and blows.

A polarizing filter to reduce the reflexes effect in your shots.

Finally, a neutral density filter will reduce the light intensity and will be useful in long exposure photography; as in night photography.

Composition In The

Landscape Photography

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

Composition in photography consists largely of learning to look and to find the scene as a whole. First, when you are facing the landscape you want to photograph, try to find the differential feature. That which will turn your photo into a different one from those you have taken before. You can take photos with the rules in mind but also be breaking them. Here are some tips:

Find symmetries, patterns and lines. In nature, as in urban landscapes, you can find geometries that make an element attractive to the eye. Use them for creating unique photographs.

Pay attention to the details. Look beyond an imposing landscape. Look for a reflection making it stand out. Maybe in a lake, in a river, even in a rain puddle. Be sure to see all the elements as potential tools to create an impressive photograph.

Be creative. Don’t think you should capture exactly what you see. Look for natural frames to give a framework your images. Use negative spaces to highlight scenes.

Landscape Photography-By Day Or Night?

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

When choosing equipment, you should decide if you prefer daytime or night landscape photography. To take night shots, you probably need to add a remote shutter and some artificial light to your backpack. For outdoor photography, are applied the same tips than for outdoor photography. Early morning and at dusk are the best times for a proper exposure.

Don’t Forget These Specific Features
Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

Urban and nature landscape photography can be demanding and thus requiring broad equipment prepared to adapt to different situations. You have to observe or get informed about the area you are going to photograph before loading your backpack. Do not be fooled by an outdoor space in full daylight. In a dense forest, there may be very little light and you might need a large diaphragm opening. In addition, weather conditions may vary from moment to moment and thus alter the exposure you were handling for.

  • Lenses

For landscape photography-daytime-it is not essential such a wide diaphragm opening; although it helps in cases of poor light. We recommend wide angle lenses. Some like Nikkon 12-24, Canon 14 mm, 10-20, 17-40 will help you to generate that greatness effect.

  • Speed

The shutter speed will depend on the landscape you want to capture and the effect you want to give your photos. To modify it freely, ideally, you should get a tripod to do not affect the correct exposure, nor to get moved results.

  • ISO

The ISO will be an ally when countering a higher shutter speed or a diaphragm closure to increase the field depth, as we will see below, after the image gallery.

Focal Distance According To Diaphragm Aperture

When you look at the landscape through the viewfinder of your camera, you will find many elements located at different distances. At that point, you’ll have to put into practice what you know about aperture, focal length and its effects on the field depth, to highlight or isolate the elements you want in your shots.

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

The more open the diaphragm – for example, if you are using an F2.8 value-you will have more light while reducing your field depth.

This means that if you use a closed diaphragm – such as F22-(because there is a lot of light or because a tripod gives you a slow shutter speed) your field depth will be greater and the elements of your landscape will probably appear to be all focused.

A diaphragm at an intermediate value-like F8-will allow you less light input and will also give you a field depth wide enough to focus on several elements.

The focal length-the zoom-will also play a role in increasing or decreasing your field depth. If you are interested in emphasizing one or a few elements of the image and attenuating others, you will have to concentrate on zooming in to get a smaller field depth.

In conclusion, keep in mind that you must consider all values of light measurement when changing the diaphragm aperture to achieve a correct exposure.

Give Motion To Your
Landscape Photography!
Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

Although landscape photography may seem static, compared to other styles, it will depend on your ability as a photographer to find the pace and movement of each landscape. Water can give us that differential element, granting to our image a vitality feeling of the natural landscapes photography.

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

Waterfalls, rivers, furious waves, children playing on the shore or elephants taking a bath. Water can come in any form and you should have tools at hand to get the most out of it. Same with birds or trees and you can give it an interesting movement effect.

Therefore, the final result of your shot will depend on the shutter speed. If you choose a slow speed-less than 1/30 approximately – the elements in motion in the photo will leave a wake. Keep in mind that for this action you will need a tripod to give stability to your camera and maybe, depending on how slow the speed you chose a remote shutter release and the BULB mode on the camera.

Freeze The Movement In Your Landscapes Photography!

If you are looking to freeze scenes in your shots, like an animal in action or the flight of a bird, your shutter speed is going to have to be as fast as possible-from 1/1000 onwards. Consequently, you will have to alter the other values of your camera: the ISO and the diaphragm to balance the exposure.

Guide For Landscape Photography: Tips, Tricks And More

Finally, we want to share the work of contemporary landscape photographer. Axel Strohl, who dazzled us with This Video You Can See Here. You can also visit His Personal Blog and His Instagram to inspire you as much as we do.

Ansel Adams · The greatest landscape photographer ·

Advised taking so many photos until it became an automatic and instinctive practice, hence, do not stop practicing!

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