Updated: Oct 26, 2020
The stillness of wild open space always attracts everyone. Whatever direction you travel, you will find beauty in nature and it creates an impression we can very easily capture any landscape with our camera. Over a period of time, I have learnt few lessons and now I consider them tips for others to learn quickly.
It's not only the camera settings that only matters most for landscape photography, there are other factors also to consider depending upon your situations.
Here are a few pointers to help get you started.
If you are not comfortable with Manual Mode on your camera, Try Aperture Priority (A or Av on most cameras) will work just fine for landscape photography. In this mode where you set the aperture and let the camera work out the rest for correct exposure.
For landscape photography start with aperture f/9 - f/11, large number, such as f/13, f/16, or even f/22 also helps in getting a large depth of field to have everything in the image in focus but diffraction becomes a concern.
Simple rule keep ISO to low as much as possible to get noise-free images. Values might differ if you are hand-holding the camera or using a tripod.
Shutter speed should be roughly the reciprocal of the focal length or faster. I suggest always start like if focal length is 35mm put shutter speed 1/70th of s second.
Always shoot in RAW mode.
Before heading out to shoot landscape photography, learn as much about the area as possible. Google some images about the place to get the idea about location.
If finding the location is important, finding the best time to visit the spot is also important. Sunrise, sunset or midday all will have different light angles and always important for good photos.
What not to include in your images is another factor to be considered while taking landscape photos. Don't be afraid to zoom in or out to create a perfect frame for your photos.
Try to get some foreground subjects whenever possible. I suggest start with what you like in the scene and get the attention of the viewer in any image. Rule of thirds, leading lines are a few examples of getting a good composition. While taking photos in landscape mode also take photos in portrait mode.
Try to get some foreground subject whenever possible.
Change the perspective of the shot. Either capture the low angle or high, reflections. Sometimes add people or objects to show or compare the scale of landscape view.
Don't be afraid to ZOOM in to landscape scenes, its not always wide angles only.
Turn around to see what's behind you. sometimes we miss the landscape view behind our back while we keep moving ahead.
Keep moving, don't click more than 5-6 images of the same compositions otherwise after reaching home sometime you will find 100 shots of the same spot without any variations.
It's not only the camera settings that only matters most for landscape photography, but there are other factors also to consider depending upon your situations. very easily capture any landscape with our camera. Over a period of time, I have learned a few lessons and now I consider them tips for others to learn quickly.