There are different approaches to landscape photography. Now with the abundance of mobile phones and their improving photo taking capabilities, people have more ways to document their adventures. To add some kick into your photos, I’ve listed down some tips that should be highly considered when taking landscapes.
1. Scout Your Location
Upon arriving at a scene, take a 360 degree look of your surroundings and note down the different spots that seem like a good angle to take a photo. If this means walking around for thirty minutes to an hour then by all means, go for it. Thus, it is essential to have a decent time allowance to avoid losing good light. Why are all these necessary? Because chances are, the landscape you’re about to take has been taken by other people at that exact same spot… a thousand times. Creating new perspectives can provide a more striking impact on your photos, and this can be achieved by going the extra mile or two in order to get your desired photo.
2. Use Composition Techniques
One of the commonly used composition techniques is called the Rule of Thirds. This involves making a mental 3×3 grid as seen in this photo:
The idea is to put the subjects and important elements off-centre and along the lines or intersecting points. For landscapes, the horizon should be on one of the horizontal lines. Another technique for creating a composition with depth is by using leading lines. This helps the viewer to focus on a specific area that you wish to highlight.
3. Chase the Light
Finding good light is one of the most essential factors to consider when taking a landscape photo. The presence or lack thereof can produce an entirely different effect on a landscape due to the way it casts shadows and affects colors. Here are some photos shot during sunrise and sunset.
4. Maximize Your Camera
Since phone cameras are simple enough to use by anyone, it is important that they are used properly. For one, make sure to keep you hands steady when shooting (use two hands). Use a soft touch for clicking the shutter button in order to minimize the vibration that can cause unwanted blur. Second, do NOT use the zoom. This will lower the resolution of your photo and decrease the details available in a scene. Third, keep your phone as dry as possible to avoid condensation on your lens which can dull the sharpness of your capture. Last, be persistent and patient. Your camera won’t always work as you please due to some limitations. But with enough practice, it will become a breeze.
At the end of the day, it’s really about quality experiences and the photos that went with them. Immerse yourself in the beauty that you find within those landscapes and look for what inspires you. Capture that and share it with other people. You’re not simply sharing images, you’re sharing memories. Tell stories–whether it was a struggle or a success. These go hand-in-hand with your photos and give people a different perspective of what’s out there. Hopefully, it can push other people to do the same and you’ll know you’ve made something truly good.