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Hey Photographer! Martina Here.
People tend to believe that landscape photography is the easiest type of photography.
All you need to do is find a beautiful place, set up your camera and shoot, but there is so much more to that.

Beginner photographers look at their photos and don’t really know what’s missing, but they can tell when it’s not exactly what they expected or what they wanted.

Here are a few tips to elevate your landscape photography. (images in this post were taken by me!)

 

 

Do your research

When choosing a location and time of the day for your landscape photography, make sure you research the timing of sunset and sunrise and the direction of the sun. That way you won’t have to wait 10 hours for the perfect shot.

Lenses

You can use a wide range of lenses when it comes to landscape photography. Most photographers opt for a wide angle lens, but you can definitely use your telephoto lens or a prime.
Be creative and don’t limit yourself.

Maximize the Depth of Field

In landscape photography 80% of the time you will probably want everything to be in focus. Use Aperture Priority mode to set up your camera.
Make sure you use a small aperture (larger number) for greater depth of field. Your camera will set up the rest for you.

If you are using manual mode use a small aperture, try to keep your ISO as low as you can and use slower shutter speed so your shot is not underexposed. 

Use a tripod to make sure your shots are sharp, rather than shaky.

Composition

Look for elements in the foreground, middle and the background.

Use the rule of thirds.

Look for a different point of view. Shoot from up high, down low and different angles.

Try everything at least once and see what works for you!

Less is more

Don’t try to capture everything in your shot. Try to eliminate everything that looks very distracting and not important in your shot, zoom in, move in or just move around.

Don’t wait for a sunny day to go out there and shoot

To get more dramatic shots use the bad weather to your advantage. Rainy days, heavy clouds, dark skies, they all bring a lot of drama into your shots. Even on a sunny day the sky looks so much more interesting with a few clouds up there.
Look for symmetry

Reflections can be very visually interesting when it comes to landscape photography. Look for a body of still water and the reflection of an interesting subject (trees, clouds, mountains). Use the horizon line across the center of the frame to split the scene and the reflection into two equal parts.

Never stop learning

My last tip is never stop learning.
No matter if you are a beginner or a pro in photography there is always something new to learn.
So keep learning and keep shooting!

 

Happy Shooting!

Martina

 
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