If you’re anything like me, there will be plenty of occasions when you’ve seen a fantastic view for landscape photography, out in the countryside, and thought, “I bet that’d make a great photo.” Whipping out your camera to take a shot, you quickly find the resulting photo is somewhat underwhelming! Does that sound familiar?
On the surface, landscape photography seems as if it should be one of the simplest genres to have a go at – after all, we’re just shooting the world around us. Of course, experience often tells us otherwise.
Don’t be put off though. I’ve got loads of great tips to help make your landscape shoots more successful.
What Is Landscape Photography?
Landscape photography is a broad church. You’ve only got to look at the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition to see it can cover almost anything, from sweeping vistas to closer views and urban settings too.
The type of subject you choose to shoot may depend on where you live and the sort of places you visit. Most of my tips are applicable to any location, so delve in and see which of them you can use for your next landscape shoot.
Choosing Your Location
The location you choose for your landscape photography will depend on many things. You may need to shoot close to home, or you could be planning the holiday of a lifetime to a stunning location. Landscape photos can be taken almost anywhere – it doesn’t need to be expensive!
Research Your Destination Before You Leave Home
With the internet at our fingertips, researching great locations has never been easier, but don’t overlook resources closer to home.
If you’re looking for advice on beautiful holiday locations, why not ask friends and family where they recommend? They don’t need to be photographers either – appreciating stunning scenery is something anyone can do, with or without a camera.
If you’re after online resources, the Lonely Planet website is a great place to start. You can search for the sort of location you’d like to visit and learn about the best destinations in any country. There are endless travel websites out there so don’t be afraid to search online for ideas.
Look for Inspiration
A good starting point is to check out the sort of places you’d like to visit in the country/area you’re visiting. Just typing the country or city’s name into Flickr, Google, 500PX, Instagram or Pinterest will bring up lots of suggestions.
Location research is key to landscape photography. A photo by Fancycrave1
How much detail you want to go into is a personal thing. Some people like to know exactly what they’re going to find, and where the best photo spots are before they leave home. Others prefer to wing it and see where luck takes them.
Personally, I like to have an idea of the places I want to visit. However, I try not to look at too many images of those locations. That way I don’t go with preconceived ideas about how I might shoot them. I like to try and find my own images, rather than copying those of other photographers.