Have you ever seen those awesome landscape photos that just look they were taken on a different planet? Shots that have amazing light, great composition, and amazing editing? When you see shots like these you instantly get jealous that it isn’t a shot that is in your portfolio. It may seem difficult to capture photos like these but mostly it is just a matter of using some simple tips to get the best image possible. In this podcast, we are going to go over different tips for getting better landscape photos.
One of the most important things a landscape photographer can do to instantly improve their photography is to research possible locations. This might sound like a boring step but you will get a better idea of the types of photos you can shoot while you are at a location. Two of the best tools to use for researching your photo locations is Google Maps and Google Earth. Both tools allow you to zoom in to see a street view and even change the time of day and see the lighting situations using Google Earth.
Plain and simple, lighting is key when it comes to landscape photos and even photography in general. This is why when you are going out to shoot landscape photos, make sure you have the best lighting possible. One way to do this is to go out and shoot in the morning, evening, and at night. These times of the day have the best lighting scenarios possible for photography. It is usually had to get a really interesting and creative photo during mid-day.
You might think that a tripod isn’t going to make a huge difference in your photos but having a solid and sturdy tripod can make all the difference when it comes to getting a clear and sharp image. Don’t think you are going to get a great landscape photo by getting a $15 tripod. If you are looking for a good tripod at a great price, you can check out the Sleeklens Daily Deals section for special discounts on various types of gear.
Just like shooting at the correct time of day is important, the weather is also very important. If you are wanting a really awesome sunset with tons of clouds then it is important to check the weather in the location you are wanting to shoot to make sure you will actually have clouds. There are many different apps that can help with this but the one I personally use is called Storm. It is currently only available for iOS but you can tons of different options for seeing cloud cover, sunset and sunrise times, and even lightning strikes.
Everyone knows the photographer that takes the easy route to get their photos and most of the time you can tell that they are the lazy photographer. Don’t be that person! Find different angles, different routes, shoot at different types of the day and experiment with different lighting effects. Sure it might take more time to get a photo, but it will be worth it to be different from all the other photographers.