Landscapes always fascinates us. The wide range of subjects for landscape photography is very important to unravel the mystery of nature, be it mountains, plains, or islands. Here are some basic landscape photography tips for amateurs.
1. Go wide. It is really important to shoot landscape /s with wide angle lens to capture all the necessary elements of the subject. This will allow your photo to showcase the vast wonders of the landscape you want to frame. A kit lens will do the job since it is a wide angle lens.
2. “Horizon”-tal. Yes, the horizon. Always keep the horizon horizontal and straight In landscape photography. This is to keep the perspective in your landscape photograph normal like as if you are seeing it in person. It is quite uncomfortable to look at when the horizon is diagonal or not at level.
3. Just add water. One thing that could discourage you from shooting landscapes is that the photo might look very plain and ordinary. We can address this by shooting landscapes with bodies of water like rivers, seas, waterfalls, etc. This makes your photo more alive and dramatic.
4. Slow it down. I mean, set a slower shutter. By doing this you could capture the blur in the water that shows the motion. Remember that you just have to do this if you are capturing landscapes with running water. You have to use a tripod to avoid unnecessary blurs. You could also use a ND filter or polarizer in order not to over expose your photo. Slower shutter speed means more light will enter the sensor, over exposing the shot. ND filters and polarizers will prevent too much light from entering the lens.
5. The golden hour. What is the golden hour? It is the time everyone would love to capture where night and day meet. Usually dusk and dawn. It has the magical colors and elements that could bring life to any landscape.
6. Shoot more. Taking plenty of shots won’t hurt you so shoot as many as possible. This allows you to choose better photos from plenty of choices. This can also show you your lapses in the not so good images. Always take a look after two to three shots for you to make any necessary adjustments in the settings or in framing.
Remember: “The more, the merrier”
7. Post process. I would advice you to post process your shot always but do not overdo it. Do not alter your photos using Photoshop if you would like to keep it as it is. Simple cropping, exposure and color adjustments, saturation, sharpness, and other basic post processing is enough. But always remember that in photography it is always “garbage in, garbage out”. This means you cannot expect beautiful images from bad shots even you enhance them in post processing.
You must always remember that these basic landscape photography tips may or may not be accurate to your style. Keep in mind that you are your own master in photography. You may follow the rules or break them. Happy shooting!