A breathtaking sunrise, mountains covered in snow, or a deep blue lake – landscape photography brings forth the mystical beauty in nature. There is a requirement, however: Your camera has to capture these natural wonders by every trick in the book. With LAPIXAs six rules on how to master landscape photography, you will capture the perfect landscape photo effortlessly.
A tripod is a must-have for landscape photography
To nail the perfect landscape photo, you should never photograph while holding your camera in your hands. A tripod – alternatively a bean bag – is a must-have when it comes to landscape photography, so you won’t go home with blurred images. A tripod provides unlimited possibilities because you can adjust its height and use it on uneven surfaces such as rocks or sand. When you buy your tripod, make sure that it includes a level, so that you can align your landscape images with the horizon. Small tip: On top of a tripod, you should also use a remote for your landscape photographs to avoid miniscule blurring from pressing the shutter button.
One, two, three – many thirds
For exciting landscape photography, you should follow the rule of thirds. That means your image should either be filled with one third of horizon or one third of ground. Your main object, such as a house or mountain, should also be positioned using the rule of thirds. That’s how you add edge and suspense to your landscape photography.
Master foreground interest in your landscape photography
Bring depths into your landscape photograph and captivate your audience. How? It’s simple: Just use an impressive foreground. An interesting rock, colorful flowers, or a striking pattern in the sand are perfectly suitable for landscape photography, especially when you can bring the foreground very close with the help of a wide lense. Going on your knees will pay off.
How low can you go with your ISO
When it comes to landscape photography, nothing beats great image quality to put all details into perspective. Many landscape images are printed in a large format, so that small quality mistakes become visible. High ISO settings cause noise in your photo and that’s why you’re better off using low ISO settings, such as 50, 100, or 200. This will guarantee a noise-free photo.
Let there be light
The early bird catches the worm – but in the case of landscape photography – the greatest light! Put the morning hours to good use, especially right after sunrise, when the light casts long shadows and all colors gleam in an intense, mystical, golden light. Your pictures will turn out even more spectacular when you shoot during the blue hour, which is right before sunrise and right after sunset. With a high shutter speed, you can capture the sky in its most beautiful blue hues. When shooting, avoid midday light for landscape photography because the light will be very harsh, which will have negative effects on color depth and appeal of the image.
By the way: A cloudy sky is best for a perfect landscape photo. Clouds mean fascinating structures in the sky and help with long exposure times.
Got your flashlight?
It sounds banal, but did you think about the right clothing? Contrary to shooting product photography in a cozy studio, landscape photography is often cold and wet and not pleasant at all. If you’re not taking pictures in the Caribbean, it’s important to think about protective clothing. Very important: Pack a flashlight, especially when you want to capture a beautiful sunset. The darkness of nature can quickly creep up on you; therefore, a flashlight will lead you back to civilization more easily.
Exceptions prove the rules of landscape photography
Are you entering a new area of professional photography with your landscape images? Remember that there’s a lot of truth in the saying “practice makes perfect.” So grab your gear and get out into nature! Different perspectives, a change in focal length or working with a filter: these are all possibilities to refine your landscape photography with each image. And this is how you capture the perfect natural wonder for eternity!