Photography is an art of making images. For over a century this art has captured the imagination of millions of people world wide, sparking interests in various aspects of life, people, nature and man. Landscape photography is an offspring of curious nature lovers, looking to capture nature, in its divine grandeur. Like all forms of photography, making landscape pictures is simple if you follow some basic guidelines.
Maximize Depth of Field
Landscapes pan across a distance and that is why it is essential to maximize the depth of field used. This captures wider details of an image making the image more real and life like. The simplest way to do this is to use a smaller aperture, while compensating with a higher ISO and slower shutter speed.
Use a Tripod
With slower shutter speeds, it is absolutely necessary to use a good tripod. No matter how stable your grip, your photos will have a shake beyond 1 /8 s. Lower shutter speeds can help you get the ghost effect in pictures that have flowing water or moving mist. You should consider a wireless or trigger remote to click your landscape pictures.
Of course, no photo is complete without a story. Always have a centre of focus in your picture. It gives the picture meaning and adds the magic to the vast expanse of the image. Try capturing the focus of the image in one-third of the image space. This guides viewers along the photograph and helps in identifying the focus clearly. This is commonly known as the Rule of the Thirds.
Any photograph is about the elements. They can be lines, skies, clouds or simply arcs; any definite shape or forms that help highlight the focus of the image. The natural patterns seen in clouds or the outlines of mountains in the sun, never fail to enamour the human senses.
Shoot during the Golden period
Play of light, is fundamental to photography. It defines the moods, the environment and provides a sense of time to images. For landscape photography, shooting during dawn and dusk gives the best lighting conditions. This period of time is known as the Golden period because it has diffused sunlight, perfect for landscape photography.
Following all the above tips will surely help you click amazing landscape photos.