Photography 101: Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners
Hello Readers, welcome to our 1st chapter of landscape photography tips where I am going to deal with landscape photography tips for beginners. In this lesson we’ll discuss on landscape photography definition, idea, time & place selection, appropriate camera settings & finally some kickass landscape photography tips for beginners. Hope you enjoy.
What is Landscape Photography?
Landscape photography basically deals with the natural sceneries. The captured scenes of outdoors, lifestyles etc. those can express a great source of your observation on your surrounding is landscape photos. So, according to me the landscape photography definition is: The wide range photo of free nature which have a deep meaning & long term purpose.
Ideas of Landscape Photography
As a photographer you must be able to make the right ideas of landscape photography. May be you are thinking what actually I am telling about the term ‘ideas’. The ‘term’ ideas include what is your object & how this object will be taken by your gadget. You can take o photo of green paddy field or a wide white desert or may be your object is a blue ocean with white billows. Just keep remember a photo is not a photo, it’s a story. So whatever you take make sure your photo defines an idea and a deep meaning.
Perfect Location Selection
As in landscape photography you’ve to deal with nature, so the perfect location should include more natural objects with some handsome artistic meaning. For me, I always choose a place far from urban crowds & the presence of people. To make your photo more meaningful populate yourself into the nature as much as you can.
Appropriate Time for Snaps
To get the right color of sky, most of the times you need to set your sail at the time of sunrise or sunset. But since, it is tough to at present maximum photographer choose the time before sunset. Besides, the direct sunlight of noon is also good for some kinds of photography. But in that case you need to have a good knowledge of ISO as it deals with the light sensitivity.
Appropriate Camera Settings
Many Beginners use auto focus for landscape. But as a skill seeker you must on the manual mode and depending on the surroundings you should set the following setting by yourself:
- Aperture: For landscape my suggestion will be open for aperture and take aperture as much as you can.
- Shutter Speed: It depends on how fast your object is. If they you want to take some running horses into a forest you must set a good shutter speed. Again if you want to take a normal beach you can set it lower.
- ISO: For a dim light area use the maximum ISO, for a sunny area minimize it and in normal light use from common ISO numbers (200,400).
4 Kickass Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners
Most of the times beginners do some common mistakes like: taking empty pictures, choosing no focal points, shooting on poor light, shaking the camera etc. etc. As a beginner you have ti have the right camera in your hand and you must avoid these mistakes. In addition, here are 5 landscape photography tips for you:
Eye Level Perspective
When you watch a photo what actually amazed you the most? May be you’ll say the scene, the quality, the clarity etc. But research says people take more time to see the photos those can make them feel that he was there. Which means from you eye level you can watch those photos amazedly that take you to that spot unconsciously.
To take this photos try to keep your view finder on center, if any animal or human being present as an object try to capture their eyes in 0 degree angle to your lens. Keep your objects considerably bigger in photo & maintain the whole photo 0 degree to horizon.
Avoid Empty Sky
The most important trait of a photo is its composition. You can change an ordinary photo to an extraordinary one only by a good composition. For example, imagine you’ve take a picture of empty sky very carefully. People may applause. But if you compose a cloud, some flying birds into it; the whole meaning of the photo will be changed.
As sky is the most common object of photography, expert photographers always recommend not to capture empty sky. Rather compose a sky with cloud, birds, spectrum of sun and other objects which will make your landscape photo full of life.
Take Proper dimension
Most of the time to compose a good depth of field photographers divide their photo by foreground and background. In foreground they keep the object and then make a blurred or other background as the want. But I’ll suggest you to divide your ambiance into 3 parts: foreground, mid-ground and background.
I know the world mid-ground seems unusual to you. But as a viewer when we see a picture all we try to make a real three dimensional view into our mind. And if you only take two dimension the photo will look beautiful, but if you popular your photo by three dimensions it’ll talk to your viewer & make your viewer completely mesmerized.
Avoid Hand Shakes
At my beginning stage, my main problem was my hands. I didn’t know why I always shook my hands while taking photo. Then I went to an expert & he said not to breathe from before 5 seconds to after 5 seconds of every snap. Shaking hand also very problematic in sports or night-time photo shoot. So try to avoid shaking hands if you have it.
Then I came back & stop breathing for 15 seconds during the snaps. The change was notable & from then to now I follow this rule of stop breathing during any types of photography. I suggest you to do the same & see by yourself how the shakes stop.
Finally, I’ll say keep practicing because practical experience can teach you more than any theoretical tips. So keep practicing & take more & more mind blowing photos of the nature.