Landscape Photography Tips

Use these landscape photography tips to help improve your everyday photos!

Landscape Photography Tip #1

Shoot from a different perspective and see what a difference it makes. This flower was actually more beautiful from the backside than the front. Look at the curve of the stem. I believe photographers do see things differently than non-photographers. Look for interesting patterns and lines and shoot them!


Tip #2

Create an image, the same way an artist would paint a picture. First, decide what you subject is. Choose an aperture that will selectively isolate the subject. Choose a frame or border that complements your subject. Frames and borders can be found on the internet and can be purchased at many sites. They are added to the image with a post-processing type of software such as Photoshop.

The image pictured below is a tiger lily, photographed one hour before sunset. When you photograph a landscape or part of a landscape, you paint with light.


Tip #3

Use a fast shutter speed for a deep, dark blue sky. I shot this at 1/250 second. A slow shutter speed will absorb more of the ambient light, so the sky will appear lighter or hazier using a shutter speed of around 1/30 sec.  Fast shutter speeds are the way to go for a deep, blue sky.


Tip #4

Watch the horizon line to make sure it doesn’t cut the image in half. This one came real close. Keep your camera steady so the horizon line is straight and not crooked.

Use the rule of thirds for correct placement of your horizon. It is best to place the horizon in the upper third or lower third of your image. Frame first in the camera and make final adjustments in Photoshop if necessary.


Landscape Photography Tip #5

Grab a cup of coffee and run out the door early in the morning for a shot like this. The mist on the river can usually only be captured in the minutes right after sunrise.

Underexpose slightly if you want your subject to appear as a silhouette.


Landscape Photography Tip #6

Include foreground in your image to paint a better photograph. This photograph benefited from the use of a graduated filter to keep the foreground from losing too much detail. A small aperture like an f/22, will provide the maximum depth of field in this image. You will need to use a tripod because your shutter speed will be slow with a small aperture.


Tip #7

Some shots are meant to be vertical and some horizontal. Experiment with both ways to see which orientation you like the best. This scene was shot vertical to create a leading line from the foreground to the background.


Landscape Photography Tip #8

The milky look of the waterfall is achieved by using a very slow shutter speed. Keep it at 1/8 or 1/15 second. Make sure you have a tripod handy for this look.


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