If you’re anything like me, there will be plenty of occasions when you’ve seen a fantastic view for landscape photography, out in the countryside, and thought, “I bet that’d make a great photo.” Whipping out your camera to take a shot, you quickly find the resulting photo is somewhat underwhelming! Does that sound familiar?
On the surface, landscape photography seems as if it should be one of the simplest genres to have a go at – after all, we’re just shooting the world around us. Of course, experience often tells us otherwise. Don’t be put off though. I’ve got loads of great tips to help make your landscape shots more successful.
What Is Landscape Photography?
Landscape photography is a broad church. You’ve only got to look at the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition to see it can cover almost anything, from sweeping vistas to closer views and urban settings too.
The type of subject you choose to shoot may depend on where you live and the sort of places you visit. Most of my tips are applicable to any location, so delve in and see which of them you can use for your next landscape shoot.
Choosing Your Location
The location you choose for your landscape photography will depend on many things. You may need to shoot close to home, or you could be planning the holiday of a lifetime to a stunning location. Landscape photos can be taken almost anywhere – it doesn’t need to be expensive!
Research Your Destination Before You Leave Home
With the internet at our fingertips, researching great locations has never been easier, but don’t overlook resources closer to home.
If you’re looking for advice on beautiful holiday locations, why not ask friends and family where they recommend it? They don’t need to be photographers either – appreciating stunning scenery is something anyone can do, with or without a camera.
If you’re after online resources, Lonely Planet is a great place to start. You can search for the sort of location you’d like to visit and learn about the best destinations in any country. There is endless travel out there so don’t be afraid to search online for ideas.
Don’t Overlook Places Close to Home!
Perhaps you don’t have the budget for a big trip abroad – that’s not a problem either. Think about beauty spots near where you live – is there somewhere to shoot right on your doorstep? It can be really rewarding to visit a local place at different times of the year, to capture it through the seasons.
Choice of Camera for Landscape Photography
This is less critical than you might think. With the right skills, you can take amazing landscape photos with an inexpensive camera or smartphone. Equally, it’s possible to produce bad results with a camera that costs a fortune!
If your gear of choice is the fixed camera on a smartphone you might need to be more creative with your compositions. Instead of turning a zoom ring, you’ll have to zoom with your feet (otherwise known as walking!) to create your compositions, but the image quality can still be astonishing.