Part 1: Focus on Landscape Photography

stockxchng-landscape-in-june-stock-photo-by-carloschLandscape photography is one of the genres of photography that many people know and love.  To shoot landscapes, one should have a natural passion or interest in the great outdoors and a lot of patience.  Whenever you are shooting nature or wildlife you have to adapt to what you are given.  So let’s take a look at some ways to capture fantastic landscape shots.

The Landscape could mean different things to different people.  If you aren’t near the country side or any beauty spots, you can also apply these principles to the urban landscape.

Let’s first think about how to be prepared for landscape photography.  Here are some key pieces of equipment you will need:

1.    Camera and lenses – go for a sturdy camera body and a wide angle lens.  You can always bring other lenses but if there is one that is made for landscapes it is the wide angle.  You can use a fixed focal or a wide angel zoom lens – the wide, the more dramatic the effect will be

2.    Tripod – you will need this.  Do not risk having any camera blur on the day and if you are shooting early in the morning or during the evening it is a must.  Having a tripod means you can capture movement effectively too without any shake or blur.

3.    Filters – whereas filters have disappeared in many types of other photography where Photoshop can be applied to add effects later, landscape photography is one type that is perfect for using filters with.   Remember there are two systems, the screw on type (which can be put one on top of the other) or the square type which can be changed around quickly.  This is down to personal preference but make sure you have a case to protect your filters regardless of type.  Let’s take a closer look at the types to take with you.

Polarisers – Circular polarisers (don’t buy linear) cut out reflections and help brings out the colours in the sky by separating it from clouds.  This works especially well on bright days when the sky is blue but there are some white fluffy clouds out too.  The filter doesn’t work if you are facing the sun directly or have it behind you.

Graduated Filters – You can buy colored graduated filters or neutral density ones.  These can add detail to a specific area of the image such as just the sky or just the water.  Colored filters can add a tinge of colour where the sky has no detail at all, such as red, orange, blue or gray colours.

Neutral Density Filters – this is essential for landscape photography.  You can buy ND filters in different strengths.  They hold back light so that on a bright day you can capture detail in the sky, or when you want to capture blur you can get a decent shutter speed to do so.

June 8, 2009

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