Today I’m sharing a few of my top Landscape Photography tips with you.
1) Always check the weather before you head out and dress appropriately. Making sure you have an extra layer/waterproof, hat, gloves etc. in your bag just in case – that goes for good boots too. Plus a bottle of water and a good snack, just in case you get caught out. Always tell somebody where you are going – even a rough idea is a help and ensure your mobile is fully charged.
2) Fully charged batteries and plenty of memory cards and away we go,plus a tripod if you have one. A tripod offers stability and slows down your picture taking which in landscape photography often makes you look harder at what you want in the frame and what you don’t – and the golden rule here is that if you see something in your frame that you don’t want or like – pick up your tripod and camera and move – you may only need to move a couple of feet but have a good look at your framed image – making sure there are also no stray bits of rubbish in shot too.
3) Take a selection of lenses with you, whilst a wide angle lens is ideal for capturing truly dramatic scenes and throwing in bold foreground elements to add to the scene, sometimes a telephoto lens is what’s needed to capture the exact elements of a scene that you want to hone in on when you are in woodland or on top of a hillside.
4) Generally speaking the Lower the ISO the better the image quality – so unless you need a faster shutter speed, keep it as low as possible – ideally 100 or 50 if possible.
5) Wait for the light, natural light is continually changing and lasts mere seconds – so sit and wait for the moment, Magical light is fleeting, so Landscape Photography requires patience and perserverance. Be ready for when it happens and capture it in camera, as computer processing is really no substitue for the real thing. A poor image cannot be transformed into a stunner with extensive processing, but waiting for the right moment can get you excellent results, so sit and wait it out.
That’s all for today. I hope you rae enjoying this weather with your cameras and thanks for the images that have started being sent. If you would like me to take a look at any of you images please just email them in.
Plus for those interested I book a 3 hour workshop showing you how to get more from your camera, I have no June availibilty left, but I do have a couple of dates free in July. Gift vouchers can be provided if you would like to buy somebody a session as a gift.