5 Tips for How To Photograph a Landscape
Photographing a landscape is not hard technology-wise. All you need is a good camera that captures vibrant colors, filters, a tripod, and the willingness to travel any distance to get a great shot. Here are 5 tips to help you find and shoot breathtaking landscape photos.
1. Go to the High Points
Whether you're in a city or out in the wilderness, the high ground always offers the best views, and that's where you need to be to get a breathtaking shot where the limit is the horizon. In a city like New York, it's easy. Go to a famous tall building, pay admission to go to the top, and shoot away. Getting to these spots in nature takes a little more effort.
2. Go Where Others Don't
If you want to set your landscape photos apart from everyone else, then you need to be willing to go the extra distance and capture shots that other people have never seen. That means driving for hours into the middle of nowhere, studying maps of parks in remote areas, and even hiking up mountains without trails. It's a lot of work, but it will ensure that your work is unique. If you're the only photographer with those shots, then you can make a lot of money having the edge over the competition.
3. Set the Focus to Infinity
You don't need depth of field in a wide shot like a landscape. Instead, you want the whole image to be in focus. No one wants a wide breathtaking blur. If your camera has a landscape mode option, then set it to that. Landscape mode automatically makes the focus infinite.
4. Coordinate Your Shoot around the Weather
If you're going to go on a long car ride to get your shot, then make sure you check the weather before you leave. You don't want to go hiking to the top of a mountain in a rainstorm. First of all, it's unpleasant. Second, the rain can damage your gear. And third, it won't look good. So take five minutes to check the weather because it will save you future time.
Aside from trying to avoid the rain, weather will have great influence over your shot. A clear day will have a blue sky and lots of harsh light. A cloudy day will have soft light and rich colors. Partly cloudy will have a lot of brightness with patches of shadows. If there is a particular look you want, then you need to follow the weather.
5. Use a Polarizer
A sunny day will blow out your sky and a polarizer will help get those rich colors back. On top of that, it reduces reflections from non-metallic surfaces, so if there are lakes in your shot, they will look like lakes as opposed to the reflection of the sky.