by Alice, PhotoWhoa Team
I have partnered with PhotoWhoa to bring you some more relevant content. I start with an article by Alice of the PhotoWhoa team about 5 tips to become a better landscape photographer. As you know landscape photography is one of my favorite genres. Hope you enjoy the tips!
Landscape photography is seemingly one of the easiest types of photography. What matters the most is the real landscape you are trying to capture. However, what most do not realize is that the photographer can make a large impact on how the photo turns out depending on their skills.
While anyone can appreciate beautiful scenery, a keen eye can easily differentiate an amateur picture from a shot taken by the Best Landscape Photographers.
The first thing you need to be worried about is to know what you are going to shoot. An expert photographer does not just stumble upon locations, giving them a perfect panorama. Instead, it requires proactive planning. Choosing a location, time and the right weather conditions is essential if you are going to get the type of picture you imagined.
Don’t forget, you must also research for a good vantage point that captures the right amount of landscape you are trying to capture. Once you get the hang of it, you should try and shoot from more than one location to get various perceptives of your subject.
Moreover, in the odd chance that the weather throws a curve ball at you, do not turn around and go home. In fact, you should still use your planned excursion to get a shot in these newer circumstances. You can never say what turns out great!
While it is tempting to turn on every option you can find on your camera, it is better to not. Keep your images as raw as you can. This also means keeping HDR off. While HDR helps you get a richer color and greater shadow detail, it rarely gives a more natural looking image.
More often than not, the detailing provided by functionalities such as HDR can be mimicked in post-capture editing. However, it would be impossible to extract a raw image from a highly edited version. Don’t create just one good image; create one image that can be made into ten good images.
Generally, you should try getting the best type of natural light before messing with the settings on the camera. You can read more about types of natural light here.
Even the best landscape photographers will often make the mistake of sticking to their wide angle lens. Wide angle lens is great for most captures but sometimes you require more detail than a wide angle can handle. You need to be able to be creative and occasionally pull out the zoom lens or maybe even the fisheye.
Another trick used by pros is that they will capture an image with the wide angle as well as a telescope lens. Later, they will stitch together both the images to create one perfect picture.
When you go to a landscape location, you will see a lot of beauty that you would want to capture in your shot. However, you must remember that a perfect picture is one which tells a story.
So you must pick out what object you want to be central to your image. If you try to capture too much, it will take attention away from your subject. Try and imagine looking at your image from a neutral perspective, does the picture speak a thousand words?
So, you are back from the location and have a number of great shots. It is now time to edit the picture. This is in no way optional, editing the picture can be considered as vital as taking the picture itself. Editing is where your picture will gain its true life and turn into a masterpiece. Try a number of different combinations on your picture, to see what works best.
Like most arts, photography is a skill that gets better with experience. The Best Landscape Photographers are ones which have their basics on point. It is not untrue that landscape photography is the most simple but beautiful form of photography.