Landscape photography tips and advice

Landscape photography – To take landscape pictures is about the same as taking portraits. We try to get focus on getting that special feeling in our motives. There are many factors that need to be considered in order to be able to take a good landscape picture. Some of these factors can be difficult if not impossible to have control over. Weather conditions – shine – season – are all important elements that will have a large impact on marking the picture. We need to do some planning in advance so that we are prepared for these things.

General advice

Mount cameras on tripods. If you don’t have it, then just make sure you have to hold the camera very still. Take more pictures from unequal positions and unequal angels. If you have the time, wait for the light to show you all the details and peculiarities in the landscape. Be careful and don’t let sun rays come into your lens. Use small blender-opening on the lens.

Light conditions

The light is very important. It will hopefully be on your side and make you able to create a magic and inspiring landscape picture. This is the reason why the many good landscape pictures have been taken in the morning – in the evening or under varying light conditions. It is in the morning and evening that the light has a warmer tone because of the sun is low and creates shadows and contours in the landscape. Be at watch for varying lights- and weather conditions. When the clouds open – the light puts spotlights and creates a dramatic atmosphere in the picture.

Composition

When you have to compose a landscape picture, try to let lines in nature control the extract. Let them go in an s-form diagonally or further in the picture. Include details in the foreground, which will make more depth in your picture. Don’t let the horizontal line divide your picture in the middle – that creates as a rule static and dull pictures.

The seasons:
All seasons are suitable for landscape photography. If you have found a favorite landscape – then visit it under different conditions and in different seasons. You’ll find out that the place changes character every time and gives you, therefore, new opportunities. Think through where the sun stands and where the light comes in at different times. You can easily plan to be there just at the time. Good landscape pictures are often results of close planning, many visits, many failed experiments, as well as plenty with patience – and little luck.

Equipment:
The truth is that you do not need any special equipment in order to take landscape pictures. But a good tripod is maybe the first thing you ought to obtain. If you have a digital SLR camera, you have the possibility to vary lenses that looks after the extract you’ll have. Zoom lenses are hugely practical, but give a little worse quality than firm focal lengths. If you use tripods, you can choose film with low ISO-value (50 – 100) since you do not need to think of that the shutter time stays long. These films are very fine-grained and give sharp pictures.