7 Landscape Photography Tips You Have Likely Never Used

1. Use a large f-number when you can

As odd as it may seem as we have been spoon fed on the concepts of using small aperture for shooting landscape photos. A larger aperture has its own advantages though. Let’s say you are photographing a scene in low light. If you use a small aperture you will have to compensate that by increasing the ISO and or the shutter speed to get a good exposure. Both will result in noise. Plus, when you stop down the lens too much lens diffraction sets in.

To avoid all these problems use a faster aperture, something like f/5.6. But wouldn’t it make some of the elements in the image out of focus? Not if your lens is wide enough and the focus is set to infinity. At that distance f/5.6 will bring everything in focus.

2. Shoot at the golden hour

The golden hour brings the best out of any landscape. The light skims over the surface of the earth and that tends to make a magical transformation of everything that comes in contact. The golden hour is named aptly. Just like the touch of Midas it has magical properties. The golden hour actually occurs twice during the day. It is the half an hour just after sunrise and the half an hour before sunset.

Depending on the latitude you are in, it can stretch by another half an hour. To take advantage of the golden hour you have to start at least an hour and a half earlier. Hike to the location, set up your equipment, take a few test shots and be ready to start clicking when the action happens. This does not take into account the entire day that you spend scouting for the location, reading weather charts, topographical maps, using specialty apps and getting your orientation right for which way to aim when the action starts. READ MORE 

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