Photographing landscapes can be one of the most relaxing and inspiring things you can do, in fact its how my love of photography started, getting out into nature and photographing some of the most breathtaking locations around the world.
To help you in your landscape photography here are 7 tips to consider in taking your landscape photos plus I will explain what I did to capture 2 landscapes images below:
- Early morning and late evening are the best times of the day as lighting and cloud will be more dramatic – one of the challenges for a landscape photographer can be getting out of bed to capture that stunning sunrise!!!
- Aim to create depth in your landscape photographs by creating detail and interest in both the foreground and background of your images. This helps the viewer of your photograph feel a part of the landscape that you are sharing with them
- Dont fall into the trap of photographing everything at your height, get down low or climb higher to gain a different perspective
- When on holidays dont always take your landscape photo where the sign says “lookout” – be different, everyone stops and takes photos from the lookout, stand out and be unique / creative with your photography
- Use a tripod to be able to take longer exposures that absorb and capture the colour you are seeing, remember you will be using smaller apertures to get the greatest detail out of the scene – particularly early morning and late evening
- Consider using filters such as a Polariser / Warming / Neutral Density and Graduated filters – these filters attach to the front of your lense and offer some great effects to your photographs
- Always have straight horizon lines
In this image of the beach at the Noosa National Park I decided to get down low and use the great colour in the rocks as my foreground interest. I have also used a Circular Polariser filter (which is like putting a pair of sunglasses on your camera) to capture the dramatic colour tones in the image. There is very little post production in this image, in fact I probably spent about 2 minutes on this file.
Exposure Settings: As this photograph was taken at 1:30 in the afternoon it was quite bright and was able to be achieved hand held
Shutter Speed : 1/500 sec
In this image of the Sydney Harbour Bridge I photographed it in colour however love the detail that came out when converted to sepia. The strong intersecting leading lines of the fence/path and the bridge were my focus in my composition of the image that create a very dramatic feel to the image. Once we got the all clear and the cyclists and walkers had left the scene I was had the exposure set with camera on the tripod ready to go
Exposure: The image was photographed at 9pm and required a long exposure to capture all the detail
Shutter Speed : 30 seconds
For more examples of landscape photographs to help you in your landscape photography be sure to have a look at our landscape gallery page.
All photographs are also available for purchase as beautifully finished wall art for you to proudly display at home or work