Landscape photography is a great way to explore your surroundings and challenge yourself creatively. When you’re first starting out, it can be difficult to know where or how to begin. We’ve pulled together some helpful tips to give you a place to start:
– Start with the essentials: landscape photography requires patience and time, so bring lots of water and snacks, as well as extra clothes for warmth (or rain). A tripod is also important for helping sharpen your shot and allowing you to take longer exposures.
– Find your style: Do you love taking photos with wild colors? Or are you drawn to images that are more muted? Play around with different filters or editing styles until you find one that speaks to you.
– Try new things: If you always shoot in the middle of the day, try shooting at dusk or dawn. If you always shoot right at eye level, try getting lower or climbing higher. It can be scary sometimes, but remember that there’s no “right” way to do anything—and there certainly aren’t any rules.
– Change your perspective.
– Get closer.
– Take advantage of that golden hour light.
– Shoot in RAW.
– Use a tripod.
– Don’t over- or under-expose your photos.
– Edit your photos (later).
Landscape photography may be one of the more niche disciplines, but that doesn’t diminish its difficulty in any way. Good landscape photos, those that capture the majesty of nature and the world around us, are hard to make—and making them even harder is the fact that getting a camera in the exact right spot isn’t always possible. But that’s all part of the challenge and fun of this form of photography. And with these tips for beginners, you’re taking your first steps towards becoming a better landscape photographer yourself.