Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tips for Getting Better Landscape Photographs

I love taking photographs of landscapes. Next to photographing water, landscapes are my favorite!
There are a few things you as a photographer can do to increase the chance of getting a great shot.
Here are a few tips.

1. Shoot with your camera on a tripod.  This will allow you to use a small f-stop and help avoid camera shake.
2. As mentioned above use a small f-stop like F/22. This will give you more depth of field. Depth of field controls what is in focus and out of focus in your photograph. A small f-stop will also increase sharpness in your photo.
3. Add something to the foreground. If you are taking photos of a mountain, look for a rock or a tree or something to put in the front of the photograph.  This will help add balance to your photo.
4. Pay attention to the time of day you take the photograph.  Usually it is best to take landscape photos during the early morning or the late evening.
5. Think about how the light is falling on your subject.  I have inculded a photo of Mt. Moran in Teton National Park.  I had to take this photo in the morning.  I could not have taken this photo in the evening because the light would be on the other side of the mountain and it would create a silouette or shadow.
6.  Shoot in RAW.  This way you can adjust your photo without affecting the quality. (don't know what Raw is? I will tell you soon!) I use to not bother with RAW and shot everything in jpeg. Then I started to sell my photos.  Jpegs decrease the quailty in your photo so shoot in RAW format and avoid the issues that come with jpegs.
7. If your photo incudes water use a long shutterspeed. If you can get a shutterspeed of 3-8 seconds the water in your photo will look silky.  This can add a whole new dimesion to your photos.
8. Use a polarizer. This can darken the sky in your photos and help clear up haze.

Written by Brian Johnson

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