Landscape photography, seems like it should be easy, yet the final images are often disappointing.
Despite the technical aspects you might already knew, here are 6 Landscape Photography Tips from me for accomplishing the breath-taking pictures:
Study The Weather
There is nothing I love more than the blue skies and good formation of clouds. Choose the best month of the season when you are travelling. Or else, you will end up in disappointment. Study where the sun will rise or set. There are a lot of Apps that can help you in this. My favorite one is “Sun Seeker”.
Proper planning and research are the keys, Use Google Maps, study online about the best days of the locations etc. Although it still doesn’t guarantee you will get the shot. Mother Nature still may not co-operate and give you nothing. What to do if it rains? Nothing. Go home. Continue to sleep.
Imagine going out to a deserted location and you find out that you forget to pack the memory card or you forget to charge the battery. It’s a nightmare. Make a checklist. Additionally, besides your photo gears, it would be better if you pack some light snacks and water too.
Get Up Early
Most of my shots have been captured during the sun rises or just as it sets. The magical hour of time that creates the perfect mood that I am constantly chasing in my photographs. And before the sunrise or sunset, is the time for me to scout and get the best spot. So get your butt out of the bed early!
Use a solid and sturdy tripod. Nothing can ruin the perfect shot like a weak tripod especially in the windy area. This is the must important gear for landscape, after your camera & lens of course. We all know strong and light tripod is not cheap. Cared for properly, they will last you a lifetime.
RAW images will contain much more ‘information’. This allows you more scope to increase or decrease the exposure or enhance the tones and colours in editing process afterwards, without compromising quality. Shooting RAW gives you the greatest control over the color gamut and the highest level of detail, and is vital for workflow when you get back home.
Hopefully now you’ll feel inspired to take your camera outside and not only take some great photos, but see your surroundings in a new way. If you think this articles is helpful, please click the Like button or leave a comment below, and check out my works in this website. Happy shooting!
All photos & text by Wisnu Haryo Yudhanto, Event Photographer in Singapore
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The views expressed in this article is the personal opinions and do not necessarily represent the general of photography rules.