Back in 2009 I took a trip out to Victoria, British Columbia and fell in love with the ocean scenery. I had recently bought a simple point and shoot Canon Powershot, and had no photography experience. I instantly fell in love with capturing landscapes and wanted to improve my skill. Fast forward to 2019, I now own a Nikon D610 and have found my style and techhnique for landscapes.
I believe everyone has a different style when it comes to photography- one piece of advice I always give is do NOT compare yourself to other photographers. Only compare yourself to the photographer to used to be.
When seeking out landscapes to photograph I always like to find more secluded areas, that way I can really focus on my craft and get shots that are less likely to be photographed already.
Once I find an area I like, I will usually take a good look around and see what kind of foliage and flowers are around to add some more interest to my photographs. You want the main subject to catch the viewers eye first, but also want their view to wander around the rest of the picture. Also flowers and foliage add some colour as well to the photograph.
For landscapes to want to use a wide aperture setting(I usually stay around F 16 to F 20. A tripod is usually prefebable, and is a must if you have using a longer shutter speed to catch moving water. Keep in mind, if you are using a long shutter speed during the day when it is sunny, you might need to invest in a UV filter to tone down the light. Think of it like sunglasses for your camera lens.
You can capture landscapes without the use of a tripod, however you will need to use a shutter speed over 1/80 to get crisp photos otherwise they might come out blurry.
It is always a good idea to check the weather as well if you are planning a day to go out and get some landscapes shots- although a nice clear day is great, it doesn't make for the most interesting sky. Same with overcast days- partly cloudy is ideal but not a must.
Above you will see a photograph I took of Lake Louise- the main subject is the snow capped mountains peaks. When I was framing the shot, I noticed a lack of colours and the shot was pretty muted. I found a better angle to add in some colour with the fall foliage to create more visual interest.
I hope you enjoyed my blog post about landscape photography. Although I am a proffessional I'm still learning myself and trying new things. Photography is an ongoing learning experience I feel. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next blog post: Sunset Photography!
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