If you’re lucky enough to get a new camera from Santa this holiday season, you can be sure that on the first nice day, you’ll be out and about taking photos of your favorite winter landscapes. Before you go out shooting, here are a five landscape photography tips to help you get the best shots. Enjoy!
Tip #1 – Putting the Focus in the Foreground
A foreground object will help to frame the scene and add a look of three-dimensionality. Select an object in the foreground (or front) of your scene and frame it so that it becomes the center of interest. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s in the center of the picture (think Rule of Thirds), but just make sure you have the focus on a single object. This draws in the viewer’s eye and makes in interesting.
Tip #2 – All about Lighting
Interesting lighting that is moody, dramatic or diffused usually pays off in a memorable photograph. Knowing the types of light present during different times of the day can help simplify your landscape shooting process. Check out times for sunrise and sunset, because often, these two times offer the most dynamic of light scapes.
Tip #3 – Using Flash
Ensure that your camera’s flash is turned off when shooting landscapes, unless you require it to brighten a foreground object. Flash in a dusty, misty or foggy scene may cause flare by reflecting off the droplets of moisture or dust particles.
Tip #4 – Capturing the Elements
When the wind is blowing or water is moving, capturing that movement by using a slow shutter speed to create blur can add great interest to a landscape. When selecting a slow shutter speed, be sure you retain proper exposure by adjusting your camera’s aperture. Many cameras will do this automatically for you in a shutter priority mode. More advanced techniques will require use of the manual mode. Look in your viewing screen to get a better idea of how the shot will look.
Tip #5 – Storage
For storing your landscape photos, be sure to choose an album that offers archival quality. StorePhotos.com has a very large selection of Photo Albums to choose from, giving you the flexibility you need to store your favorite prints.