4 Beginner Tips for Landscape Photography

Flowing Silk
by Eliza Donovan

Do you browse Pinterest and repin all those breathtaking landscape photos thinking that you’ll never be able to create anything like that? Actually, shooting great landscapes is not that hard. Here are four┬átips that will help you get started.

1. Find a Location

Location is key to great landscape photography. To be fair, if you live somewhere where there are no photographic opportunities for landscapes, you can’t expect to shoot anything spectacular. So you may need to research interesting and beautiful locations near where you live and plan a trip. Google will help you plan your trip – search for the place where you live and check out the image search to get inspiration.

2. Choose the Time of Day that Works

Many landscape photographers state that the Golden Hours (the time just after sunrise and just before sunset) is the best time for all kinds of photography. I can’t disagree with that because those hours have that special light that makes your photos shine. But sometimes you may prefer to shoot your landscape when the sun is high in the sky to capture the beautiful blue sky and white clouds (just avoid the sharp shadows). Or you may choose to take your photos during the Blue Hour (that time when dusk settles and the sky is dark blue). The Blue Hour is great for cityskapes. No matter which hour you choose, always watch how the light moves and plan your shot, so that it gets the best possible lighting.

3. Choose Your Equipment

Even if you are shooting landscapes with a compact camera (although, a dSLR with proper lenses will give you more room for creativity), you will need the following:

  • a tripod to avoid camera shake, which is especially important when you are shooting in low light condition. A sturdy tripod is a must.
  • remove shutter release (cable or wireless) to avoid camera shake. Again, this is a must to get clear shots.
  • If you have a dSLR, consider getting a wide angle lens. It works best for landscapes.

4. Settings

While there is no universal recipe for landscape photography settings, here are some tips that will help you achieve the best results:

  • make sure everything in your scene is in focus
  • if you can, set a manual white balance to avoid neutralized colors
  • if shooting flowing water, consider using long exposure to give it a silky look
  • when shooting in bright sunshine, underexpose your images a little bit. You will be able to compensate for that later using post production software

I hope these tips will help you get started with landscape photography. Don’t forget to post your photos to DropShots!

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