Want to make your photos professionally cool? If you are a digital photography amateur and also the devoted artist that loves new photo ideas, the ten practical tips for landscape photography below might surely help. Carrying any of them out, you can take greater photos with little or zero fuss.
#1: Know the golden hours to create magic
The quality of light somehow determines the beauty of landscape photos. Therefore, artists prefer the magic hours of early morning and late afternoon. At those times, the sun is lower with less contrast and often shows subtle palette for moody tone. Consequently, the hours after sunrise and before sunset are called the “magic hours.”
#2: Study the Composition
The second landscape photography tip is about composition, starting with the “rule of thirds” which means dividing the frame into the assumed thirds on both vertical and horizontal axis. Then, just put the favorite area at the points that the lines intersect or – for the horizon – along one of the lines. Even if your practice is not as successful as expected, don’t give up so soon! Rather, try taking the original and preferable artworks because experiment brings valuable knowledge!
#3: Go out
The great photographic style is rarely found if you just sit there and don’t go out. Look for the wonderful photo locations, map the route to them, and go! The actual adventure brings you to the flattering landscapes to take the best shots. Please go out of the car and walk around to discover the ideal corners for capturing.
#4: Use Polarizing Filter
The circular polarizing filter is mostly available in the kit bag of the landscape photographers. The filter helps cut out reflections and impure glare from the landscape and the accelerated color intensity, saturation and contrast. The effects of polarizing filter become evident in the clear blue skies.
#5: Use the principle of Depth of Field
The “depth of field” principle means the smaller an aperture you see, for example, f/22, the better the area before and beyond the point of focus look sharp. The landscape shooters prefer their photos to have all sharp elements, from a rock in a lake to the distant sky; therefore, this principle can help. It can be taken with one more step namely hyper-focal distance focusing. Besides, the use of small apertures usually involves the slow shutter speeds and the use of the tripod.
#6: Use ND Grads Filters (Neutral Density Graduated Filters)
The ND Grads Filters help solve the problem of the difference in brightness between the land and the sky. With the filters, the gradual transition from clear to dark neutral density lets the shooters stabilize the exposure between the land and the sky. As a result, there creates the exposure in which details in the highlight and shadow corners remain well. Another choice is exposure blending where different exposures of the scene are taken and then gathered in software.
#7: Look for keen subjects: man and landscape
You find hundreds of scenes to capture the great landscape photos even though these aspects are not the world’s most glamorous sites, such as the hard-working farming scenery, the drastically growing suburbs, etc. The keen shooters can consider the effects of man on the landscape next to their comfort zone. Perhaps, there are great photographic subjects there.
#8: Take raw landscape photos
When capturing the landscape, please take raw files for the later edition of the original images with the highest quality. Then, there uses the raw processing software like Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop to edit the images.
#9: Practice slow exposures
The slow exposures can enhance “depth of field” with the small aperture, produce the milky seascape via the long exposure photos of the sea. The long exposure might be seconds (not fractions of a second) long. Hence, to lessen camera movement during exposure, the landscape photographers need a stable tripod or camera’s self-timer, and also lock the mirror up.
#10: Get inspiration from professional photographers
Just doing a Google search, you find numerous remarkable landscape masters to get inspired. So, see the masterpieces of Ansel Adams, Fay Godwin, Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, and David Noton! They are sure to inspire you.