10 Must See Landscape Photography Tips
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Ten Must See Landscape Photography Tips to use with your DSLR Camera
Here are ten landscape photography tips to take better and sharper landscape photographs when using your digital SLR camera.
1) Use a tripod and make sure that it is stable. This prevents camera movement; essential when working at slow shutter speeds and low light levels. A great tripod and one that is recommended due to its quality is a Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod with Manfrotto 804RC2 Head
2) Use a cable release or self-timer to prevent camera shake when you press the shutter. Cable releases enable you to respond quicker to changes in light than using your camera’s timer function. The Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 is a great choice for Canon users. Obviously that Remote most likely won’t be compatible with other DSLR brands, so take a look around DigitalRev or Amazon for one that will work with your camera.
3) Use your lowest ISO setting. The higher the ISO setting, the more digital graininess is present in the image. Setting the camera’s lowest ISO setting keeps graininess to a minimum and ensures that picture quality is at its best.
4) Set a small aperture (reasonably high F number – such as F16) and focus approximately one third into the scene. This helps you achieve a deep depth of field, whilst maintaining image quality, thereby making the image look sharp from foreground to background.
5) Another landscape photography tip is to take your photographs early in the morning and at sunset. The time around dawn and dusk are known as the ‘golden hours’ as the light quality is often warmer and more interesting.
6) Set your white balance setting to ‘cloudy’. This is an unknown landscape photography tip that will warm up the look of your photographs in a similar way to a ‘warm up’ filter.
7) Don’t rush to take photos. If you want a great landscape photography tip, take time to look around and think about your composition. Get into the ‘creative zone’. Observe how the scenery is being illuminated by the light.
8) Compose your photograph in a way that will take the viewer’s eyes on a visual journey through your photograph.
Think: foreground, middle ground, background. Use lead in lines, such as walls, fences and footpaths to draw your viewer’s eyes into the scene.
9) Use your camera’s mirror lock up function. This locks up your camera’s internal mirror and prevents camera vibration when taking photos. It prevents camera shake, which can result from the movement of your camera’s mirror, this will result in better landscape photography.
10) Our last landscape photography tip is to invest in a selection of neutral density filters and a polarising filter. Neutral density filters prevent ‘blown out’ skies; polarising filters reduce glare on water, enrich colours and can make skies look more impressive. Buy the best quality filters that you can afford. Cheap filters reduce image quality. We recommend the Hoya CPL Pro 1 Digital Filter, the Hoya Neutral Density ND-400, and for gradient filters, the Graduated Color Filter Set. Please Note: When you order your filters, they need to have the same diameter as your lens. Just look on the end of your lens and it’ll say what mm’s it is eg. 55mm, 77mm, 82mm etc.