Most important tips for capturing stunning landscape
Landscape Photography
Pixean
February 26, 2018

Landscape photography opens us up to the various aspects of a landscape. The same landscape can convey a vast array of things based on how it is photographed. Here are a few tips to ensure you capture them right.

Trifecta of good landscape photography: location, season and time.

It goes without saying that researching and obtaining relevant knowledge about a landscape will definitely help in capturing better images. Certain seasons might bring out the best aspects  of a particular landscape which is why seasonal scouting is important in the making of a good landscape image.

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Seasonal scouting in itself is not enough, the time of day which controls the lighting conditions is also important. Photoephemeris is a tool which helps visualize how the light will fall at different times during the day. Know moreabout location scouting.

Go deep

Let’s listen to Einstein, he was a pretty smart cookie.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” A photograph with a feeling of depth offers a more interesting view of a landscape. Small aperture keeps objects in    both the foreground and the background sharp creating a sense of maximum depth. Recommended aperture settings are from f/16 to f/122 with ISO set to about 100. Know more about  aperture and depth of field.

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Stand steady my friend

With the kind of aperture and ISO settings used in landscape photography a tripod comes in handy. A tripod is a good friend to have for landscape photography.  It can be used to reduce camera movement and ensure proper sharpness in the image. As a general rule if the shutter speed drops below 1/125 sec, use a tripod.

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The more the merrier

A wide angle lens captures a lot more of the scene than a normal lens, which is ideal for landscape photography. Generally a wide angle lens of 35 mm focal length or an ultra-wide angle lens of 24 mm and wider can be used for landscape photography.

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 Use filters

Polarizing filter: reduces glare, cuts down reflection and creates richer saturated colour. You can use it to reduce glare while photographing a water body and to increase vibrancy of the sky.

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Neutral Density filter: reduces the amount of light entering the lens. It can be used when the sun gets too bright.

Graduated neutral density filter: As the name suggests one side of the lens in clear allowing light to come in and the other side blocks the light and the blocking of light gradually tapers off as you move towards the center. This can be used when the sky is bright but the land is not.


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Mirror, mirror on the wall

When is comes to landscape photography, reflection is the best form of flattery. Use reflections in your images. Generally reflection taking up two thirds of the image makes for a good landscape photograph. You can go for smooth reflections or ragged abstract reflections. Time to experiment.

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Golden hours

Make sure that your capture is worth its weight in golden hours. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset are called the golden hours of photography and provide the best natural lighting.

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