This article is both for beginners and advanced landscape photographers. I figured I’d list some tips to hopefully give you some inspiration and give you some new options to try out in your landscape photography.
In the era of social media, I notice a lot of people just copy photos they see on Facebook or Instagram. This happens to me a lot. I always try to be creative and find ‘new’ angles myself. For some people, getting creative comes naturally, but others will need a bit of a push. This article will hopefully help.
Here are 10 tips that will hopefully be helpful to get that extra bit in your shots.
1. Most landscape photos are shot with wide lenses.
I love wide lenses myself, but try a telephoto and experiment with long focal lengths of 100mm-300mm+. Try photographing patterns or small details in landscapes. Or try it in the mountains on mountain tops. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll notice that a whole new world of landscape photography opens up. Seriously, try it.
Green Hills close up at 300mm
2. Play with motion. Clouds move, water moves.
Try to create dynamics in your frame by the use of moving water or clouds. You can do this by using long or short shutter speeds. You can make use of filters to create longer exposures or create drama with very short exposures. Always experiment with different exposure times with both clouds and water.
3. Experiment with a CPL filter.
I did landscape photography without a CPL filter for years. But once you have one, you start to see why it can be so useful in different cases. It can be especially useful to control the amount of sunlight and reflection on reflective surfaces — you can’t simply do this in post-production.
4. When photographing with longer lenses, use layers and compression.
Landscapes look totally different with long lenses and you can compress foreground and background objects to give a lot of depth to your photo.
Compressed Road shot at 135mm ,landscape