Improve your Landscape Photography
Learning to create beautiful landscape photography might take a lot of time but there are certain steps you can take to make the process easier. These tips won’t make you a world class landscape photographer over night but they will help you to begin improving and guide you in the right direction.
Learn the fundamentals
Improving your landscape photography starts with learning and understanding the fundamentals. As with any other craft or skill, having an understanding of the fundamentals is the single most important step to learning. Is it fun? Maybe not. But you will thank yourself for going through the effort in the future.
The Exposure Triangle
ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed are the fundamentals of photography that you need to learn. Even though it seems challenging to begin with, I can guarantee that it won’t take too long before you know it like the back of your hand! To begin with, I recommend reading through our series Introductions to Fundamentals in Landscape Photography.
Shoot more often
Let’s put this as simple as possible: the more you practice, the more you’ll learn. This is especially important in the early stages when you’re still learning the basics.
Don’t be afraid to bring the camera with you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see a great shot, take a few images just to get the feel of how ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed work together.
Shooting more often lets you get a better understanding of the camera and you quickly start to see how the different elements work together. Not only will you learn the fundamentals quicker, you’ll also start seeing improvement in your compositions.
It’s not about the camera or lens
Surprisingly often I hear people say “had I only owned a better camera or lens my images would be so much better”. This is 100% bullsh*t! Having a better camera won’t automatically make you a better photographer. In fact, a high end DSLR camera is much more advanced so the possibilities are that you’ll stick to using Automatic Mode.
While certain equipment is essential for better images, a camera is a camera. You won’t begin to see big differences before printing large prints or doing certain things such as night photography or use bulb mode. Start spending time photographing rather than complaining about your camera; that’s what will make you improve your landscape photography!