Landscape photography is taking images of nature or man-made scenes all around the world. This can be a remote place or an urban location.
Take Your Time
This is important in all types of photography! Take a deep breath and think about what’s important. Give your scene the attention it deserves. Be patient and frame-up.
If you walked an hour to find a place worth photographing, it would be a shame to miss it. Before you leave, look to the left, to the right, and completely around. A great shot may be right behind you.
Certain parts of the scene can and will change while you are shooting. For example, the light or the weather will not look the same the whole time you’re there. This means your schedule or plan will have to change along with them.
Adapt. Changes bring opportunity!
Golden hour is the last hour of light before sunset and the first hour of light after sunrise. This is great for landscape photography. Take advantage of the flattering light and rich warm colors.
Try Increasing Your Depth of Field
Choose a small aperture setting (a larger f-number). This will get the entire scene, from the foreground to the background, in focus. Getting all the houses, trees, creeks and mountains in focus can help tell the entire story of what’s going on in your picture.
Use A Tripod For Landscape Photography
Smaller apertures lead to slower shutter speeds. Slower shutter speed leads to dealing with the possibility of motion blur. It may be hard to get a tack sharp hand-held shot.
Set up a tripod to keep your camera from moving around or shaking.
A focal point is a point of interest. It is a unique part of a photograph that draws the viewer’s eye.
The focal point helps tell a story.
One way to add a point of interest in landscape photography is to include a human element in your shot. It can give a recognizable scale and convey perspective.
Other things to include as focal points can be a cabin, a fence, or a red tree in a sea of green trees. The list is endless.
Take a close look at your scene and you’ll find that most focal points are hard to miss!
Watch Your Horizon Line
Avoid a centered horizon line when framing up landscape photography. This cuts the image into two equal but possibly unflattering sections. You can move the position of the horizon line by simply tilting your camera.
Try shooting from a position lower to the ground (or from higher up).
Possibly angle your camera up or down. You may find that you end up including something interesting that you were about to leave out.
Is your horizon line crooked? Does it run on an angle across the photo? Sometimes this can be done with an artistic purpose in mind, but most of the time it leaves the viewer thinking that something doesn’t look quite right.
Avoid letting crooked horizon lines or boring parts of the scene dominate your shot.
Landscape photography is perfect for anyone who likes to photograph things as they travel and hike.