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Landscape Photography In 7 Simple Steps

Landscape photography is my passion, I love getting out in the fresh air and capturing beautiful photographs. With lots of people taking photos of similar views it can be difficult to stand out, but with a few small changes your photo can look better than anyone else’s.

It’s not always about having the best camera with the most expensive lens, but more about getting the basics right. Here are a few simple tips that I think will help you…

1. Use a tripod

Using a tripod is extremely helpful when you start to slow down your shutter speed. Without a tripod, creating jaw-dropping long exposure becomes impossible. Make sure it’s a sturdy one, and if you plan on hiking make sure it’s fairly lightweight. Check out the 3 Legged Thing range for some great options!

Landscape Photography: Use a Tripod
Landscape Photography: Use a Tripod

2. Get a Remote Shutter Release

One of the things I’ve only just discovered is just how handy a shutter release remote can be. These are perfect for long exposures and means that you get less camera shake. I’ve got mine set so that there is a 2-second delay, this allows the camera to settle after i’ve pressed the shutter button. These are pretty inexpensive and always worth having in your bag.

3. Get a Hot Shoe Spirit Level

One of the things I really dislike in photos is when the horizon isn’t level. You can of course fix this in editing but it’s so easy to get it right when taking the photo. Some cameras have a built in level guide but a simple fix is to get yourself a spirit level which simply slots into the hot shoe and you can make sure the camera is level.

Landscape Photography: Set Aperture First
Landscape Photography: Level your shot

4. Set the Aperture First

When starting out in landscape photography people often get told to shoot in full manual mode, but this could seem daunting to some. Generally, things aren’t moving too much in the landscape, so to gain confidence flip the camera to ‘A’ mode and focus on getting the right aperture. Personally, I tend to ride up ISO but you might want to adjust this too depending on how sunny or dull the scene is. And, as a rule, you should be looking for an aperture of either f/8, f/11 or f/16 for landscape photography.

5. Step Away From the Crowds

If you’re shooting with a group of people or it’s a popular spot, try to step away from the crowd and capture the scene from a different angle. While everyone else’s photo will look similar, your’s will stand out as something different. This should help you catch people’s eye!

6. Look for Drama in the Sky

If you’re including the sky in your photo, has it got enough detail and drama in it? If not then try not to include too much of it, it won’t add anything to the photo.

Landscape Photography: Look for Drama
Landscape Photography: Look for Drama

7. Look for a Subject in the Scene

Lots of people see something and simply take the photo without any thought of the composition. You need to have something to draw them into the scene.  A simple boat on the water, a lonely tree on a hill.  All these things really help to bring your photo to life.

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