How to Do Landscape Photography

Viewing scenic splendor is enjoyable, and recording those scenes can add to your present as well as your future enjoyment. Here are some steps to help you in your landscape photography.


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    Select a scenic area. A rural area, park, beach, or natural attraction would be a good choice for a photo like this. Also a good clear day is vital for a good quality photo. Avoid any air pollution, this can make the photo appear foggy even when it appears to be a clear day. However, mist, fog, or haze can often contribute to an artistic angle.
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    Recognize that a good photo consists of beautiful natural colors, like a red maple tree for example. If the landscape simply doesn't have enough drama, you can easily turn the photo into black and white with any photography program. Try to get a photo with the sky in it, or if you are trying to capture something unique like a river, have something like the riverbank sitting just on the top of the photo. If the sky is partly cloudy, the best time to take a photo is when the cloud just sits on the horizon.
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    Before you capture the photo, try it from a different perspective. Try sitting or crouching or taking a few steps in either direction. Angle the camera a bit, trying to capture different pieces of landscape.
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    If you are taking a photo of a structures, make sure you have a whole building, as this is vital in landscape photography. If you are trying to capture just a select image with only one layer, that is beyond the scope of this guide.
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    Know that a good landscape photo consists of 3 layers: Up close, the distant scenery, and finally the sky.
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    Time it. The best time to capture a photo is either early in the day or near sunset. Many clear skies can leave the sky pink which adds drama into the photo. DO NOT take a photo of the sun directly, unless it's seconds before it disappears, as your finished product will end up as a white blank photo. Take a photo of the area near the sun rise or sun set, depending upon the time of day.
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    Check on the weather.
    If the sky is very cloudy and if the cloud parts, it leaves an opening above the subject, with the light shining down on the subject. If you get an opportunity to take a photo like this, then you are very lucky, because they only tend to happen in the evening in the summer, and it tends not be so cloudy in the summer.


  • Research good landscape cameras on photography websites, as people tend to discuss good cameras on forums.

Things You'll Need

  • A 1.5m Tripod is helpful, as it will stop any motion blur.
  • A compass isn't vital but it can help you to align the shadows when you have one.

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Categories: Nature and Outdoor Photography