These landscape photography tips will inspire you to get out of the city, away from the crowds and back into nature.
Landscape Photography Tips 1: Find a Bridge
There is no camera data available for this fabulous shot of the
Forth Rail Bridge but clearly the photographer has used a slow shutter
speed to give that dreamy look to the water. The evening light and the
soft water work perfectly together. Even a small bridge can be the
subject of terrific shots if you 'slow' the water down to a standstill.
Experiment with slow shutter speeds until you get it right.
A late night view of the Forth Rail Bridge (in Scotland) from the shore of South Queensferry: Photo by George Gastin
Landscape Photography Tips 2: Use the Shadows
During the late afternoon, shadows are long but too often we don't
see them properly. It is an interesting experiment to make the shadows
the main focus of your shot. The image below was taken with a 70 mm
focal length lens which gives a certain amount of compression to the
view. The photographer used an f/9 aperture which is sufficiently small
to give depth all the way through the picture.
Perspective in the Park at Bercy: Photo by Roman Bonnefoy
Landscape Photography Tips 3: Harbour Lights
Going on holiday? Near a port? Try out some digital night
photography around the harbour area just after the sun has set. Because
the harbour area is protected, the water will be quite flat and you can
get some beautiful reflections, balanced by the last hint of day-light.
Up the ISO to 800. Any higher and you may have too much digital noise.
Take a tripod, even a small one in your pocket will allow you to set up
your camera on a wall near the water's edge. Shoot in colour and
convert to black and white afterwards. Click the link to read more black and white night photography tips
and why you should shoot in color and convert afterwards in Photoshop.
Sunset Over the Port Basin in Biel/Bienne (Switzerland): Photo by Simon Bohnenblust
Landscape Photography Tips 4: Winter Landscape Photography
In winter, land shapes are often simplified and the results can be
quite beautiful if you get your composition right. There are usually
fewer people about to ruin your perfect composition. And if it has been
snowing, so much the better as even less detail will be evident. So
don't rush, even though it is cold. Try out lots of different angles
until it clicks and you feel sure that you have found a balance in the
framing. Try to create a picture you will still want to look at in
years to come.
Il Polluce - Alpi Pennine: Photo by Nostromo-io
Landscape Photography Tips 5: Get on Your Camel
How are your camel riding skills? Personally, camels terrify me but I
do love the desert. If you are on holiday near a desert don't pass up
the opportunity to take a (guided) tour. When I was in Egypt we went on
donkeys but I'm sure camels are adequate to the task! So much light is
reflected from the sand, even towards the end of the day, that you will
need a fast-ish shutter speed. The image belowwas shot at 1/320 second.
ISO was 64, low enough to bring out the detail of those millions of
grains of sand.
Valle de la Luna, Chile: Photo by Roman Bonnefoy
Landscape Photography Tips 6: More Desert
The lovely desert shot below was captured with a Canon 20d at f/6.3
which gives sufficient depth-of-field to have most of the scene in
focus but the far distance is slightly out creating a greater sensation
of distance which is enhanced by the haze towards the horizon. A UV
filter will help to keep the amount of haze down.
Libya Desert Sunrise: Photo by Howard Banwell
Click one of the links to read about the beautiful landscape photography of Ansel
Adams or Fay Godwin or click this link to read