Three Tips for Amazing Landscape Photos
When taking landscape pictures, you’ll usually find yourself alone in a huge space with gorgeous views. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the wide range of possibilities to take pictures. But how can you make the most of that opportunity?
Walk around your location and take some draft pictures. Let your imagination and your creativity flow, in order to find the best views. Once you find something that’s worth, work on your composition.
If the land or water is interesting, it should fill two-thirds of the picture. Otherwise, it can fill one-third and leave the rest to the sky. If there is a subject in your landscape (a tree, a house, a person), place it using the rule of thirds, and try to guide the viewer’s attention to it using leading lines.
2) Use a tripod
In order to avoid blurriness, you should use a tripod. Place it in a firm location and adjust your camera to the exact position and zoom you want.
When taking pictures with a tripod, you can set a timer of 2 seconds. By doing this, if you move the camera at the moment you press the shutter, it won’t affect the photo. This is crucial when your landscape includes wildlife, rivers or waterfalls.
3) Exposure and aperture
Before taking a picture, you can check the histogram in your camera and see if the highlights are too bright or the shadows are too dark. Your histogram should be balanced. However, if you are not sure of what’s the best exposure, you can take a series of pictures with varying exposure levels and then chose the best one. Always remember to shoot RAW so that you can later modify your pictures in Lightroom or Darktable.
When shooting landscapes, it is essential to have a wide aperture to get a wide depth of field. You should set your camera to aperture priority, between f8 and f22. Once again, try different apertures and chose the best one.
These tips will allow you to take better landscape photos. Now it’s up to you to go out there and find the best views!