Dramatic Scenery Photography in 5 Simple Steps

Scenery photography offers some great eye catching images of the environment. Landscapes are vast and magnificent to look at. Capturing the grandeur requires looking deeper into what makes the scenery interesting. Here a few steps and suggestions on how to capture dramatic scenic photographs.

Step 1: Look Around

A dramatic scenic landscape is made up of numerous elements. It extends beyond the images of distant mountains and rivers. You may be right beside an interesting snow pattern or plant formation. Use this distinct feature as a focal point for the image.

Step 2: Focus on One Element

Think of what makes this particular element unique. This can be the subject’s size, shape, color or even texture.  Even how the shadow falls on the subject can change its appearance, making it more distinct. Zoom in to highlight that aspect.

Step 3: Think of Layers

Having several layers in an image can help add depth. The different layers should help support the image, creating a story. Use a small aperture to increase the depth of field of the image. A smaller aperture will allow less light to get to the lens. To compensate, increase the ISO or the shutter speed.

Step 4: Be Aware of the Weather and Time

The clearest sky can give the most amount of sunshine. Other weather conditions such as cloud formations, a rainbow, fog or dark skies can affect the amount of light and the play of shadows in the scene. Change the camera settings accordingly.

Step 5: Use a Tripod

Reducing the aperture and increasing the ISO and shutter speed will make the camera less stable in capturing photographs. The use of a tripod ensures that the camera is kept as still as possible during the shot.