Whether you specialize in landscape photography or not, chances are you will ever practice it, at least on some trip you do.
And whether you are a rookie, amateur, or professional, there are some considerations that are never too many.
Today we bring you 5 steps you can take to improve your landscape photography.
1 # Plan The Location
Location is key in landscape photography, especially when you plan to shoot a place you don’t know.
Of course, the Internet is an indispensable source. You can read as much information as possible before going to the place, as well as the best time of year to take the shots (some places are much more photogenic at certain times of the year).
Something to keep in mind at this point is to avoid the times when there are more tourists. Of course, this depends on the place to photograph, but if it is very crowded, we will have some problems obtaining the images without people.
You can use Google Maps or Google Earth to get a clearer idea of the places. Although not all cities in the world have detailed views, you can undoubtedly have more information than just reading.
There are also several mobile applications that can help you, such as The Photographers Ephemeris . This application tells you the exact time of sunrise and sunset, and of the moon, anywhere in the world. It is highly recommended.
2 # Plan Composition
When you arrive at the chosen place, you must continue planning. Very similar photos of the same place are often seen. This may be a sign that there are a lot of photographers or that a little more creativity is needed .
To avoid this, you should plan the composition of the shot when you are on site. You really have to explore the place, and try to avoid those shots you see everywhere. Look for alternative perspectives . This will help you develop your own personal vision, and your photography will be better.
3 # Prepare The Tripod
Many landscape photographers want an image in which the entire scene is in focus , in which foreground elements of interest, such as a rock in a lake, are as sharp as the distant horizon.
This can be achieved relatively easily using a large depth of field, so the smaller the aperture you use, such as f / 22 , the larger the area in focus. Typically when using small apertures you will have to compensate with slower shutter speeds, so using a tripod is essential .
4 # Review The Histogram
By using a digital camera, you have the ability to view exhibits on site. Always check the camera’s histogram after every shot. If you see that an image has been overexposed or underexposed, you can make a correct exposure immediately.
If most of the histogram is on the left side, it is because the image is underexposed. And if it is on the right it is because the image is overexposed
5 # Be Persistent
The outside world is unpredictable, so it is often true that capturing certain images requires dedication and persistence.
The weather is the (almost) unpredictable factor that can complicate us a bit. A landscape with a totally blue sky is not the same as with a certain diversity of clouds that can make the image more striking. That is why the climate must be included in the initial planning.
If the day you planned to go out to photograph a landscape it rains, you may have no choice but to try again another day.
Being persistent is the best way to improve at anything, and remember that practice makes perfect.