Whether your are an experienced photographer who earns your living by selling photos or just a beginner who takes some shots randomly, you will struggle how to take a static landscape photo, making the stillness look dynamic. The followings are some tips for capturing landscapes by your camera.
To shoot a nice landscape photo, the first thing you have to do is to make a good planning. Please kindly look at the weather prediction, the direction of sunlight, the exact time of sunrise or sunset as well as the path to shooting location. A well preparation can make the flow of shooting process more fluent.
2. Use a wide angle lens
If you want to shoot a stunning landscape photography, you must prepare a wide-angle lens. Wide-angle lenses are able to show a broader view so you must have one before leaving your home. It helps you to choose the appropriate focal length and shooting technique.
Creating a sense of depth means you have to include as many elements as possible in a photo. You should make images in the foreground and background sharp by reducing the brightness and using a tripod to stabilize the camera and avoid shaking.
4. Visual Balance
Visual balance is one of the most essential parts of landscape photography. As a landscape photographer, you have to design the arrangement of image in the frame. There are many tricks that can help you to do the visual balance. The rule of thirds is one of them. You can imagine that the image frame is divided into nine grids with four focal points at the centre. You can see the image will be different when you position them at different focal points and lines.
Reflection is another technique you can apply on your landscape photography. You can find a scene with water, which is the best tool for reflection. To create the best effect, you can choose the golden hours that are the last hour before sunset and the first hour after sunrise. Shutter Speed should be slow and ISO is 125.
6. Explore new locations and angles
It is a very good idea to search for new shooting location so that you can find the best viewpoint. You can also shoot at different angles at the same location. If you think a low angle can help you shoot a photo with nice composition, then do it.
7. Shoot in Raw
Most of us will automatically choose JPEG as the file formats. JPEG will compress the detail of image, resulting in low quality. Experienced photographers always use RAW files, which contain all the information and data you need. All DSLR, large format camera, iPhone and Andriod provide this format.