When I first started dabbling in travel photography, taking landscape photos was my nemesis. It was incredibly frustrating that I couldn’t create photos which truly represented the beautiful view in front of me even in perfect conditions. Photos were either over-exposed or dull & dark and lacking the punch I was looking for.
Never one to back down from a challenge, I holed myself away with a variety of travel photography books and read them cover to cover, devouring all the landscape photography tips they had to offer. A few months later I was moving to Australia for work and so I had the perfect opportunity to start putting my photography theory knowledge into practice.
Armed with my first ever camera, a Nikon D70 which would be considered pretty vintage these days, I started putting all those landscape photography tips into action, often waking at the crack of dawn to photography beach sunrises or taking long rainforest hikes to capture milky white waterfalls.
Since then, I’ve upgraded my camera gear many times over but I am still following the basic principles I learnt from my favourite book which is this one. I’d highly recommend investing in it as it was by far my favourite, easy to digest which short colourful chapters addressing each type of travel photography in easy to read chapters.
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But in the meantime, let’s get you started with taking better landscape photographs. Here are 8 important landscape photography tips which will help you get those Instagram-perfect landscape photos every time.
The first thing to point out is that these landscape photography tips should be used as a guide only. As you get more experienced, you can start to disobey the rules because by then you will know what works and you will want to take your own creative slant on things! But whilst you are getting started with landscape photography, follow these tips and you won’t go far wrong.
Start with the Right Equipment For Landscape Photography.
Yes, in theory, you can take beautiful landscape photos with a good phone camera these days. But unless you invest in a decent DSLR or mirrorless camera, you won’t be able to take it beyond the basics or add a more creative slant on your photography.
For example, the beautiful milky effect on waterfall photos? That needs a slow shutter speed and a tripod. You will need a good camera for this. Those beautiful milky way night time photos, yep, you’ll need a decent camera too. So if you are serious about becoming better at landscape photography, you will need to invest at some point.