When talking about travel and photography the first thing that comes to our mind is a landscape image. Probably one of that stunning landscape pictures full of colors and dramatic impact that could evoke marvelous moments and situations.
But how is it possible to reach that level of photography? What do we need to know? And which are the best tools to use? Here you are our basic landscape photography tips and tricks to obtain the most from your next shooting.
First of all, as we already said many times, light is the most important thing. It can produce by itself the bests effects possible by recreating evocative sensations. Indeed there are some particular moments along the day that are more suggestive than others, as we explained you in this post. To sum up it is important to know that in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower, it is easier to obtain splendid natural effects.
The warmer light is even more touching during sunrise and sunset when the landscapes fill themselves with suggestive colors and shades. So… don’t be lazy! We know getting up from the bed very early requires a bit of commitment but we are sure you will be completely rewarded by this choice.
Don’t be frustrated by bad weather. A sunny day is not the only moment you have to capture, some of the best pictures portray storms or grey clouds approaching the city or the land. Otherwise, other impressive photographic opportunities could be obtained at the end of a heavy shower.
Try to capture the clouds dissipating in the sky and the sun appearing from behind, reflecting on the wet floor! But be aware: it is a matter of moments, so don’t hesitate and be prepared to shoot, because the conditions could change really quickly.
Talking about tools and gear, to obtain a good shot you can use both a wide-angle lens as well as a longer focal length. By putting elements closer, the first one, allows you to obtain a wider picture including in the frame the most elements possible; the second one, instead, allows you to focus on a portion of the whole landscape, accentuating some details.
Both of them are valid alternatives but you have to consider that they can tell different stories conveying distinct messages; be aware of it, think about your purposes and then choose how to shoot and experiment with your camera.
What is more, usually in landscape photography we tend to choose a small aperture setting to maximize the focus and therefore the depth of field. This is as we said a good way to start, but there is always space to experiment and change the camera’s settings to obtain a more creative shot.
In any case you will find useful a tripod as it is absolutely essential if you want to avoid camera’s shakes, above all when using a longer time of exposure. Another useful tool you might consider to use when shooting landscapes is the polarizing filter, able to increase the intensity of the colors, creating more contrasts while cutting the reflections on bright surfaces.
Beside the more technical suggestions, another important tip to obtain a fully satisfying picture is to explore the area and get to know the landscape before shooting. Spend time working on the best position and angle, try to find some hidden places or suggestive points, get familiar with them so that when it’s time to shoot you already know exactly where to go, without wasting your time.
You can look for information even online before travelling: this could help you a lot in finding corners and panoramic viewpoints, as well as to know the conditions of light in that specific area and moment.
Moreover, consider that any time of the year has some peculiar features in any place of the world. Be sure to capture them and don’t look for something that cannot be found.
Sometimes obtaining a creative landscape photography or a stunning shot could require patience and inconvenience.
Be aware that you would probably lay on the floor for a while, while waiting for the perfect moment; or you could get wet trying to capture something in order to obtain a more evocative frame and composition. We all know, water, animals, cold, leaves…. everything could annoy, but the picture will gain much more than you could think.
Consider all the parts of the frame and try to give more space at those elements that interesting you the most and that are particularly charming. If your picture results empty or flat even if you do your best and the foreground is amazing, you can find useful to choose an element as a focal point, to guide the glaze towards a specific point of the picture.
Change your idea of the frame according to the elements you have in that moment: sun, fog, lines, colors, clouds, waves, trees, movements, birds… anything could add effect and impact at your picture.
As always, by the way, the greatest suggestion is the one we everyday try to give you: experiment and have fun! Only through exercise you can develop and improve your skills.
If you want to progress with a professional by the way, you can consider to follow one of our photo tours, we ensure you, you will be completely satisfied by our master photographers.