One of the great treasures of Landscape Photography is that you get to spend time outdoors enjoying nature. Take the time to explore the scene. Investigate all angles and really get to know your shoot. There are no short cuts to discovery, take your time to figure out what makes your scene unique and how you can present that in your photograph.
Like any great sculptor or painter, you should visualize your picture before you start shooting. See your image clearly in your minds eye first. Having the image clear in your head will help you decide when the best light will be available for your composition. You can then decide what the best technical approach will be to make that image a reality.
Late risers loose when shooting landscape photography. Photographing your subject should be an all day event. You should be on site before sunset and stay there till after sun down. When the light is not right, you can use this time to find different vantage points to shoot from. Plan on spending the day at one location. Getting a really great shot takes time and patience. Taking the time to really explore a location will give you more ideas of things to shoot and allows you to be more creative. If you are able to capture the image you wanted before day end, move on to a different vantage point. Explore a different subject. Taking your time at one location will certainly get your creative juices flowing. You could try introducing scale into tour subject, try different lenses, explore your camera and try various tricks. Get creative and enjoy the scene. These are the times where we surprise ourselves and capture unique creative shots.
More Landscape Photography Tips:
When using objects in the foreground of your subject to show scale, make sure the object doesn’t detract from your subject.
Sometimes we just are not able to get close to our subject. Framing your subject in the picture can be a useful technique in this circumstance.
Many of todays cameras come with a bubble level, but if yours does not have one, get one. Attach it to the head of your tripod. Having a level horizon is a must for good landscape photography.
When shooting outdoors with a wide angle lens, lens flare is a common problem. To deal with this, screen your lens with something, maybe cardboard or your hand if you have to. Just make sure not to include your screen in the shot.
Plan your shoot around the weather. If you are in one location for several days, you can shoot your subject when the atmospheric conditions are right.
If you are shooting using a long exposure, you want to minimize movement as much as possible. Use the timer on the camera or better yet purchase a remote release.
Moving water and Water falls are great to shoot but water and camera don’t mix. Try to keep your camera dry at all times. If you are shooting in an area where there is a lot of spray, try to keep your camera covered when you are not shooting.
As a Landscape Photographer, you should never be content with the first image you see. Make sure to explore your surroundings to discover interesting vantage points and angles. There is always another way to look at your subject.
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