Landscape photography is renowned for many reasons. One, it enhances human perception and imagination. It opens up new possibilities. It presents the world in a different angle that you may not see by looking at it with your own eyes. It is capable of reconnecting us with our ancestral roots.
These benefits are only possible when professionals click their cameras away to take photos.
However, you should not despair at your lack of skills. All you need is willingness to start.
Let’s learn from the pros.
When taking photos, keep the camera – and your hands – from shaking. Do whatever you can to be calm. Invest in a tripod too to steady the camera. Remote shutter release cable would also help you avoid shooting while shaking. The camera strap is not mandatory on windy days; therefore, feel free to remove it.
Carry your accessories
No matter how experienced you are, landscape photography accessories are mandatory. Carry them with you at all times. The must-have accessories include a polarizing filter, tripod, and neutral density filter. Additionally, you can’t go wrong with a cable release and small compact ball head.
Plan, Plan, and Plan
How much success do you wish to enjoy as a landscape photographer? Success is unachievable if you do not take enough time planning. Spare some time for scoping the site. Study the weather patterns. Where does the sun rise or set? From which direction does the wind blow? Ask yourself these questions to help you plan well.
Not everything should appear in one photograph
You may be tempted to feel like including everything you can see in one photo. Doing this would only lead to a disaster. Instead, try taking multiple shots. Each shot should cover one or more attributes of the landscape. Zoom in and do your best to break the scene down into several, smaller sections.
Use more than one camera
What quality of images do you wish to capture? What stories do you wish to narrate through your photos? It may be hard to do all that with a single camera. Therefore, invest in two or more cameras. Know what each camera can do. Know the strengths and weaknesses of each camera. This way, you will use the right camera for capturing the correct image.
Lastly, do not be too quick to blend your images. If you must blend, then do it sparingly. Blending helps to keep the foreground and background looking sharp. Blending also helps in achieving sharp details in a specific area of the photo while capturing movement in a different portion of the image.
Follow these steps and your landscape photography will resemble that of the experts.