Tips on Taking Beautiful Landscape Pictures

Posted on: 20th October 2013

Landscapes set on a calm, lush, and rural setting is the perfect backdrop for great-looking pictures. Where to begin? Rolling hills, tree-bedecked mountains, sloping terrains, shady woodlands, and wide plains – these are just some of the inspiring themes you want to take shots over and over again. Nature has this effortless way of leaving us awe-struck with its glory, charm, and sheer beauty. Serene, tranquil spots alongside river beds or wooden pathways are all film-worthy subjects.

Even if you think you don’t “have that eye” to capture rich, powerful landscapes, don’t stress too much on it. Here are some great tips to follow which could really develop the eye that you already possess.

  • Taking Beautiful Landscape PicturesA background research on a potential landscape area you want to use is highly recommended before scheduling a photo session. If the size of the place seems to be too overwhelming, then limit your options to those that you really want to capture on film. It would also be best to have a theme so you can easily decide which spots you want to set up your equipment.
  • Watch the weather channel so you can know whether it would be sunny, cloudy or rainy during the time and day of your photo session. You don’t want to ruin a perfect plan simply because you did not take into account the weather and wind conditions.
  • Sunrise and sunset are the best times of the day to schedule landscape photo shoots. You avoid harsh light which is the exact recipe for a disastrous set of pictures. Since light is softer at these times of the day, it will emphasize even the smallest details around. Scheduling your photo shoot in the middle of the day is a big no-no.
  • Needless to say, having the right camera equipment and accessories is a must when you are taking landscape images. Aside from having the best kind of SLR camera you can afford (or rent), don’t forget the tripod. Because somewhere in the middle of the shoots, your arms would feel a little bit weary from carrying the camera. So if you don’t want to ruin your image because of camera shake, use the tripod. As much as possible, use a low shutter speed. It can lend a considerable depth of field to highlight the different aspects of the landscape background. At these times when you want to do this, the tripod is your BFF.
  • Do not underestimate the power of a cable release. It improves your camera stability and acts as timer function replacement. Say goodbye to blurred or hazy shots just by activating the shutter at the exact moment.
  • A sharp and well-balanced shot can be achieved by having the right filters. It enhances the images, too. Water spots, for example, tend to reflect on the picture, which is not good. Polarizers can prevent this. When you are shooting at a waterfalls scene on a sunny day, neutral density fillers are your weapon to block excessive light from entering the camera. The effect of bright skies on the camera can also be minimized if you use graduated neutral density filters.
  • Landscape features are best captured through wide-angle lenses. Use a telephoto lens to zoom in to specific spots.
  • If you want to capture different angles of the same landscape scenery, do not be afraid to wander off around. It might be wearisome but it will all be worth it. By having plenty of options, you can choose which shots will really capture the essence of the landscape setting the best. Whether you shoot from a lower or high view, these can all provide more depth or perspective of the surroundings.
  • Do not rush when conducting your photo shoots. If you chose sunrise or sunset, it doesn’t mean you have to finish everything in one day. It might cost a little more, but if you take your time doing the shots, then you will be completely satisfied with the results.

You can gain (or just renew) your confidence in taking awesome landscapes by following these tips. And even you feel that your landscapes are not that great, just keep taking photos. Remember, practice does make perfect.

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