Landscape photography can get quite tricky as it is completely up to you to choose what and how to shoot. Everyone has their own perspective of seeing the world and you have a number of choices when it comes to capturing the beauty of nature. However, some might get confused on how to excel in landscape photography due to the diversity and options available. For that purpose, in this article, we will be sharing some tips that will help you become a successful landscape photographer. Let’s begin!
1. Push The Limits And Don’t Be Scared
If you want to become a true professional, you have to stop spoon-feeding yourself, which is using your camera on the automatic mode. To learn photography in every sense, you should leave the automatic mode behind and get your hands straight on the manual or aperture priority mode. While it may seem “comfortable” and “easy” for a lot of new photographers to shoot photographs on auto but it really doesn’t help you get better photos, instead, it prevents you from improving certain shots. Don’t be scared to try any other mode than the auto, make use of aperture mode/ manual mode, you will start seeing your capabilities better and love the control over your camera.
2. Shoot In RAW Format
Many newbies or even some professionals shoot in JPEG, it isn’t really a problem but you won’t be able to adjust the picture appropriately in the post-processing. If you are concerned about selecting RAW output, just put your camera on RAW+JPEG. Shooting in RAW is extremely important for landscape photographers because they often shoot sunsets or sunrises that may have a lot of contrast between dark and light. With RAW pictures, you can excel at post-processing by making easy adjustments to the picture later, for instance, changing white balance without losing the quality. RAW pictures have more data for editing than JPEG ones which can come in handy.
3. Teach Yourself Some Post-Processing
Almost every landscape picture captured is processed later to enhance the overall beauty of the scene. You can learn some post-processing of basic if not advanced level. Just as mentioned in the point above, shooting RAW pictures is important because they are great for post-processing and without any knowledge about it, you won’t be able to even slightly turn the image so that it can portray the nature’s real beauty. One of the best post-processing software that you can use is Lightroom, which enables you to make your pictures much better in terms of changing/adjusting the contrast, brightness, levels, color, and white balance etc.
4. Get A Sturdy Tripod
A tripod is one of the most important equipment when it comes to shooting a wide landscape. Tripod eliminates that unnecessary shakiness from the pictures taken with bare hands and turns out the pictures real sharp. Even a landscape shot taken from the best cameras in the world is useless if it isn’t sharp enough. Here are some recommended tripods you can opt for:
5. Don’t Worry Much About The Gear
This doesn’t mean that gear doesn’t matter at all, it means that you shouldn’t be worried about just your equipment because landscape photography is all about composition, getting to know how the light/weather behaves etc. Once you have proper knowledge regarding it, you will be able to click remarkable landscape photographs even with your smartphone. No matter what high-end camera you use to shoot, if you don’t have the right angle or composition in the picture, it won’t look any good. But if you have a canon/Nikon DSLR, you should better look at some wide angle lenses instead of changing the body. Here are some recommended wide angle lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs:
FOR CANON (APS-C DSLRs)
FOR CANON (full-frame DSLRs)
For Nikon (DX DSLRs)
For Nikon (FX DSLRs)
6. Pack With Care
You might need to walk several miles in order to reach your destination and on your way there, you might face thunderstorms, raining or anything worst that can damage your equipment. It is better to pack with extreme care and only take what is essential. Here are some things you can keep/use to make your landscape photography easy:
Camera Rain Cover
Other things that you can keep are lens-cleaning accessories, spare batteries, filters, and suitable clothing according to the weather. All this stuff will assist you in making your landscape photography expedition much convenient.
7. Have Some Passion
No matter what you are after, it all starts with passion and dedication. For landscape photography, you must have passion but also patience because you might need to wait for some time, days or even months for the perfect weather or light to shoot the amazing beauty of the landscape. If you are a true artist, you must go through all the hardships in order to make yourself best from the rest. According to Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” The key is to remain persistent and keep learning to achieve the best.
8. Only Publish Your Best Shots
This might seem like a common practice but some photographers consider quality over quantity. The pressure of social media and ease of sharing moments can tempt you to upload everything you captured, which might be critical to your hard work. It isn’t just applicable to landscape photography but to every type of photography. Another thing to keep in mind while publishing your landscape shots is to give them content, a meaning to exist, which you can do by giving an appropriate caption that tells the story behind the picture.
With these tips in mind, you will be able to achieve a higher level in landscape photography, which will ultimately result in amazing photographs. Make sure you also consider the recommended equipment such as wide angle lenses, camera bags, and tripods that will really assist you in enhancing your landscape photography experience. Best of luck!