The Complete Guide to Landscape Photography

Updated: Jun 24


Photography is an art and everyone who aspires to become a great photographer must and should understand a few concepts. Investing in a DSLR camera has become a latest trend and photography is one such hobby which attracts almost everyone.


Though the camera lens helps in capturing some great snaps, the idea behind the frame and composition always remains with the ones who are behind the lens. Yes, you read it right! A photographer plays a vital role in clicking fantastic pictures. Unless and until you understand the basics of photography it becomes extremely difficult to capture some great pictures.


When you want to become an ace photographer there are a few things that you must certainly know and they are as follows:


  • The role of light

  • Aperture

  • Shutter Speed

  • ISO

  • Composition


Once these things become clear, you would be able to master the art of photography real quick. Also, it is essential to understand the genre that interests you because there are different kinds of photography. Wildlife Photography, Aerial Photography, Sports Photography, Landscape Photography are some of the types. Amongst all these, Landscape Photography is the most preferred one. In this write-up we have covered a few fundamental and easy steps for beginners to click some best landscape photographs:


1. RAW images are the best

Always remember to shoot the images in RAW mode. Editing RAW images would be effective because the details stored in this image are much higher than the JPEG images. Hence, the effects after post-processing would be excellent. However, when you are shooting the images in RAW mode ensure to have extra memory space because the file size would be extremely higher when compared to the other formats. However, it is worth it!


2. Understand the lighting well

It is recommended to click the photographs in daylight initially, as this would help you in understanding the importance of light. Make sure to check for places where there is right lighting. It is recommended to click photographs either during the mornings before the sun is at his peak or during the evenings after the sun has bid good-bye.

To capture the depth and the proper details of the photographs clicking photographs after one hour of sunrise and one hour before the sunset can be a perfect timing. So, consider this if you want to become an excellent landscape photographer.


3. Learn the techniques of composition

This is one of the most important things that every aspiring landscape photographer must know. The rule of thirds, leading lines and of course the other settings on the camera are to be known. Clicking a photograph without proper composition kills the beauty of the image. Hence, a perfect blend of lighting and the rules of composition would quickly make you one of the best landscape photographers.


4. Foreground element becomes quite important

Concentrate on getting the foreground element highlighted in the image. With a strong foreground image positioned generally in the lower third section of the snap would make the photographs look surreal. In order to click such photographs, it is important to position the camera lower and closer to the foreground element. So, the next time you are thinking of clicking some fantastic landscape photographs, you must try this technique for sure.


5. Try clicking photographs with a tripod


It is always great to invest in a decent tripod. To get some delayed shots it is mandatory to have a tripod because clicking photographs during low light may certainly require a tripod else, the images may be disturbed as there would be a lot of noise. Also, if you want to get some photographs with dropped shutter speed and extremely ISO settings then, the requirement of a tripod is must.


6. Keep clicking and experimenting

Great photographers would never stop experimenting with their cameras and that is the only ‘mantra’ that will always work. Make sure to carry your cameras along with you all the time and keep clicking photographs unless and until you get the right one.


Well, these are some of the techniques that would enable a beginner to become an ace landscape photographer. Do consider these tips and make sure to get some brilliant shots of the lovely nature.


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