If you love landscape photography, you probably know a lot about camera equipment, settings, and the most common composition rules and techniques. But landscape photography isn’t always about these things. I have six important tips that are often overlooked.
Many articles on landscape photography are available. Most of them talk about equipment and settings that can be used for this type of photography. Even though most of us know these things by heart, it can be good to read something that confirms the knowledge you already have.
But there are some things that are often overlooked when talking about landscape photography. Or better said, these are not forgotten but rather neglected. With all the talk about shooting raw or jpeg, using manual or aperture priority, and whether or not to use exposure bracketing, there are some things we should be doing more often. .
In this article, I want to give six important landscape photography tips that may not improve your use of the camera or settings, but will result in more satisfaction with your landscape photography by: general.
1. Sit down and take a moment for yourself
We live in a fast-paced world where a moment of quiet peace is hard to come by. We don’t live in the moment and often think about the things that still need to be done. I think landscape photography is a great way to escape this fast-paced world. At least for me.
When you get to a great place, forget about the things you need to do. Sit back and enjoy the peace of this place. Take your time and look around you. Don’t start shooting right away but place the camera on your tripod and watch the beauty of the landscape you will be photographing in a minute.
The benefit of this moment for yourself becomes clear when you begin to see the details of the landscape. If you don’t relax and take the time to watch, you will miss it. Maybe you will be inspired.
2. Get Out Scouting
Are you a photographer who likes to plan ahead? Or do you like to go out and be surprised by the things you encounter along the way? If you are the second type of photographer, the previous advice in this article will be perfect for you.
If you’re someone who wants to plan a certain shot, you’ll have to go scouting. Find out about the area you want to photograph. Not by visiting a website or Google Maps. No, you have to go out and see things for yourself.
It is not always necessary to travel far. Often, the most surprising landscapes are relatively close. Recon in daylight and find the best places and angles possible. Often an app like Photopills can help you plan the best spot for a beautiful sunset or sunrise.
Take a simple photo with your smartphone. Enable GPS logging and note the type of situation that will work best for this location. Compile a list of locations, along with contact details and a sample photo. If the right situation arises, you know exactly where to go.
3. Don’t be afraid of daytime photography
There is the golden hour and the blue hour. Sunrise, sunset or dusk are incredible times to photograph landscapes. We are so focused on these moments that we forget about other great opportunities.
It is also possible to take great landscape photos in daylight. Maybe not with a clear blue sky, but a nice cloudy sky can do wonders. Look for beautiful places, as explained in the second tip of this article.
Since most photographers only go out during the golden and blue hours, you’ll create something unique. Use shadows in the sunlight and find where the sunlight is best. I know for a fact that these landscape photos can be amazing.
4. Be on time
Don’t like daylight as mentioned in the third tip? Then a sunrise or sunset is the time for you. But if you plan to shoot during these times, be sure to be on time. You want to be where the light gets amazing, not after that time.
I always advise to be there an hour earlier. For this, you need to know where you want to shoot. Take note of tip number two and go find the best spots for that particular moment.
Being in time will allow you to capture the best light when it happens. High clouds will light up half an hour before sunrise or after sunrise. Low clouds before sunset or after sunrise. Are you looking for a rainbow? Go there when it’s still raining. You want to be there when the sun breaks through the clouds.
5. Don’t get frustrated if it’s not what you expected
If you are there on time, as explained in the previous tip, don’t get frustrated when the timing isn’t what you expected. Even though many things can be predicted, the weather is still quite unpredictable. You never know if the sky will have a nice color or not.
Photography is not a requirement. You don’t have to take pictures when you’re there. If the weather isn’t great or the light is what you’re hoping for, come back another time. No one is forcing you to take pictures. You can go home without an image on your memory card.
Still, if you still want to shoot, try things. Experiment with settings, compositions, and find new ways to capture the landscape you find yourself in. It might come in handy next time when the light is amazing. Remember the first tip, it is important to enjoy your time there. Don’t be frustrated.
6. Chimpanzee is good, but don’t delete images too soon
For those unaware, the chimping is through your images on the back of the camera. It’s something we all do in one way or another. That’s okay, because when you’re excited about the moment and the footage you’ve taken, you can’t wait to see how you captured it.
But don’t be that photographer who deletes images on the spot. There is absolutely no reason to do so. How can you tell if an image is bad on a small three-inch LCD screen? Or do you need extra space on your memory card. Are you afraid of going home with an image that isn’t good enough?
When you are there, enjoy the time you spend there. Enjoy the images you’ve taken by viewing them on the small LCD screen, but don’t start selecting. There will be enough time once you get home. Just enjoy the scenery, the moment, the amazing light. Remember the first tip.
Do you have any other advice for the landscape photographer that isn’t on this list? Feel free to share it in the comments below. I would love to see any additions to my six important things about landscape photography that are often overlooked.