10 Laws of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is one of the most popular types of photography.

Most photographers love taking images of landscapes, as it brings them close to nature and viewing the final pictures can be a gratifying experience. However, taking a perfect shot may end up taking some time.

Some landscape photographs can catch the eye more than others. The difference is usually of details and resolution. If you want to take beautiful landscape photos, you must choose the right time to do so. e.g. A road with trees on both sides will look best in an autumn evening, when there are hues of yellow, orange, brown and red spread all over the place. Also, its best that you choose a high resolution camera that is able to capture a lot of detail .

1. Keep Changing Your View Angle

When deciding on a location to photograph, it’s a good idea to search for some pictures of the potential location. It will give you an idea of how you can take a unique photo of the landscape.

You can set a viewpoint that has to offer something different from other pictures of the same landscape.Before you shoot the photographs, try to assess al possible view angles by moving around and trying new things.


2. Take Your Time

You don’t want to rush if you want the perfect picture. Take all the time you need to find the right viewpoint.

Remember, the first picture you take of the scenery is the rawest form of what you are capable of creating, so keep making slight changes in your camera settings and the positioning of your camera till you get the perfect picture. This requires a lot of patience, but it will definitely be worth it when you look at the final result.

3. Plan Plan Plan

Plan everything before your photoshoot. Adjust your camera settings according to your location and time of the day. By settings, I mean the aperture, shutter speed, and exposure.

It is very important to bring the right kind of gear, that is, your lens, tripod, camera and other accessories, to your location because it may not be readily available once you get there.

You may also plan out the subjects and objects that you may need in your pictures. It is a good idea to use a subject in your picture for more depth and flavor.

4. Time Is Money

Time can deceive us in many ways so we must be prepared to have inconveniences in time management. You want to get the location as early as possible, even if you know every nook and cranny of that place.

Lighting is essential in landscape photography, so slight deviations can cause significant positive and negative effects in your pictures. Imagine being late for a sunrise landscape photoshoot and missing the break of dawn. You will waste a whole day waiting for the next sunrise.

5.Safety First

In landscape photography, you may find yourself in the wilderness way too much because that’s where all the breathtaking spots are. But you must beware of the risks that come with the amazing shots you are going to capture. 

A wild animal, a storm or a thunderbolt, any kind of disaster can take place, thus, one must be prepared to deal with the situation in a calm and collected way, by protecting themselves and their equipment. To do so, you should come prepared with protection and a backup plan. You also need to keep your gear safe from water by using waterproof bags and covers.

6. Do not Overwhelm

There should not be too much going on in a picture. Only a certain amount of things look good in a single image; if you fit everything into one shot, it gets a little overwhelming. A good landscape photographer knows how to capture the right things but also knows what to ignore. But, it can be hard to exclude some objects when they all look so gorgeous and necessary.

As previously mentioned, photographs look better if there is one main subject in the picture, which can be a tree, a person, or just a vibrant flower. Try different angling of that subject to see what looks the best.

7. The Right Equipment

Use the right kind of equipment; that is, according to what the picture requires, for example, when taking pictures of water bodies, use a polarizing filter to adjust the exposure and reflections.

Although a wide-angle lens is great for landscape photography, you can also try other lenses like a zoom lens. Don’t limit yourself. Moreover, the use of a tripod is essential, too, notably, at night time when shutter speed may be very low.

This helps in avoiding shaky images. In case, you don’t have a tripod at the spot, use something else as a tripod, like a stack of boxes. You also need a useful photo editing tool to correct the imperfections in your picture.

8. Have Your Favourite Spots

As seasons change, the same location may have something different to offer every time. If you like a spot, photograph it in all of its forms, whether it is covered in snow or flowers. 

It’s not always about photographing new places; you can capture different view angles of the same picture and surprise your viewers every time. You can do that with a site that is close to your house and the one you can easily visit multiple times.

If you go to a new place, ask a local there about the most amazing landscapes in the area. You don’t want to waste time photographing the wrong places and miss the nice ones.

9. Hot Shoe bubble Level It Up!

It is, of course, possible to straighten out your pictures on Photoshop but sometimes when you try to angle the picture right, you have no option but to cut out other beautiful details that you want to keep. 

This creates chaos, so you can buy a hot shoe bubble level from any photography gear shop and have straight pictures in the first place, saving your time and energy. They don’t cost a lot but are an excellent investment.

10. Get Feedback

It is no secret that when you take a photograph you like, you tend to ignore the flaws in it since you have put so much effort . You can show your work to others by using the internet as a platform.

It’s a good idea to be open towards criticism instead of getting offended by it. Try to learn from the opinions of others and  fix your mistakes if possible. It will help you grow as a photographer and get better with time.

However, make sure that the criticism is coming from serious appreciators of art or photographers that have knowledge about what they are seeing and saying.

If you apply these simple and very basic laws to your landscape photo shoots, soon you will be producing pictures which you will be proud of. Pictures that people will stop to appreciate because . 

Always remember that you need to love your work the way it is without seeking appreciation. If you do your work well, appreciation and praise are bound to follow you. 

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