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Landscape Photography: Top Tips for Capturing Stunning Shots

Landscape photography captures the presence of nature and is one of the most enjoyable forms of photography. The abundance of natural landscapes filled with beauty and character (one that’s always changing with the seasons) makes getting outside for a photoshoot exciting. A good landscape photo takes viewers to the place, allowing them to experience the charm and wonder of the natural world and connect to the emotions the photographer felt when capturing it.

If you have a beautiful location that you’d love to capture, here are my top tips for stunning landscape photographs:

Before the shoot

Plan Where To Go

Choosing your location is key, so make sure you research the area. I like to look a location up on Google Maps and use earth view to get a sense of the area and how it looks from different vantage points. I also simply do a Google Image Search to see if other people photographed at the area. This will give you some idea of the place before you even leave your home. However, it’s important to note that not all locations will be photography gems so doing your research will mean you won’t waste time.

Choose Your Time

Different times of the day will give you different results. Shooting during the day will give you harsh light, overblown highlights, and very dark shadows. In contrast, shooting in the evening will give you a much softer look. Photographers’ holy grail is what’s called the ‘Golden Hour’. It sounds fancy but it’s just a term used to describe a time just before sunrise or sunset. It is the most pleasing light to shoot in, especially for landscape photographs, giving you the most flexibility in post-processing.

Equipment

Lenses

There is no right or wrong lens choice in photography, it’s all down to your creative eye, but in saying that, there are two clear favourites when it comes to landscape photography.

Wide Angle Lens

Any lens below 35mm is considered a wide angle lens. What does that mean? It’s simple, with a wide angle lens you are able to capture more of your scene. This gives you a lot more flexibility. You can always crop an image, but you can’t make it wider! 

Telephoto

Sometimes you want to photograph a subject that you can’t get close to, and this is where a telephoto comes in handy. With its ability to zoom super close, you can snap a photo of a deer without scaring it away or putting yourself at risk of getting hurt by trying to come closer to the animal.

Tripod

A tripod is one of those things that you might not use too often but it’s good to always have one on you, because you never know when you might need one. When you’re in low light conditions you should always use a tripod, because your camera will require a longer exposure, meaning it will become sensitive to any shakes. A tripod will stabilise your camera, giving you a sharp image.

Filters

Natural Density Filter (ND Filter)

ND filter cuts down the amount of bright light that hits your camera sensor. This allows you to take longer exposure, even in daylight. Why would you need this? You’ll mostly use this filter to smooth moving water and clouds, creating a creative image that will stand out.

Editing Your Photos

Shoot in RAW

DO NOT SHOOT IN JPG. Get into the habit of shooting RAW. A raw file format captures all image data recorded by sensor when you take a photo. This means, it takes a better quality photograph and makes it easier to correct problems such as blown-our highlights in post-processing. These would be otherwise unrecoverable if you shot in JPG.

Don’t overedit your photos

There is a very fine line between an artistic choice or a badly edited photograph. When editing your landscape photographs make sure you don’t max out all sliders - too much clarity or saturation never looks good. When picking your colour palette, make sure that the colours complement each other. I always suggest picking a maximum of 3 colours for your photographs – I like to use orange, green or teal and grey/black.

Landscape photography constantly rewards you with beautiful views. Mother Earth has so much beauty that it’s impossible to ever get bored of it. If you introduce at least some of the tips outlined above, you’ll be able to capture stunning landscape photos.


This post was written by One4all’s Graphic and Web Designer, Ola Dybul. If she’s not creating trendy social graphics, working on quirky photoshoots or designing brand assets, she’s off travelling the world, learning new cultures and traditions, and meeting new people. She’s been all around the world but is not ready to stop. Stay tuned for more top tips from this expert adventurer.

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