Professional Photographer’s Guide to Landscape Photography
At eimage, we are passionate about photography and all the ways in which it can capture life. We see composition in everything. We watch light flicker across a person’s face and visualise how it can be transferred into a memory at the click of a button. We capture snippets of existence and take such pride in doing so… especially when we can look back on each creation years later and remember the exact moment. The sounds, the smells and the feeling associated with that sliver of time.
In our beautiful country, landscape photography is somewhat of an art form. There are so many magnificent vantage points that one can capture that we literally are spoiled for choice. Here is our guide – as professional photographers – on how to capture landscape photography to perfection.
1. Use Depth Of Field To Your Advantage
Beautiful landscapes generally go on for miles with a great depth of colour and detail as far as the eye can see. Often when shooting landscapes, the detail gets lost in the moment of capture, but there is a way around this. Enhancing your depth of field will give you a better chance of capturing the magic in the full scene. By using a smaller aperture you can increase the depth of field, but then you need to ensure you have enough light coming in through the lens to compensate for the smaller aperture. You can also increase the ISO or lengthen the shutter speed to get around this. Use a tripod for stability and clarity if you’re going to lengthen the shutter speed.
2. Determine What Your Focal Point Will Be
Because landscape photographs deliver an extensive view, it’s easy to forget to have a focal point, but its an important factor that all professional photographers consider to keep their viewers engaged in your photograph. When setting up your composition, decide what point of focus will champion the photo. It could be anything from a tree in the foreground to a silhouette against a beautiful sunset. In the above two photographs the focal points draw you in immediately. The top photo is championing the cliff face, while the bottom photograph has made the silhouette of the tree the main focal point. Both also have extensive depth of field… giving you loads to look at as far as the eye can see.
3. Bring In The Sky As Much As You Bring In The Land
The sky creates beautiful balance for the land in your landscape photographs. Often photographers think that it is empty space that offers little or no relevance in your composition, but this is not true. If there are no clouds in the sky you can let less of it become part of your photograph, but you will have to decide that for yourself based on what nature delivers on the day. A cloud-filled sky with glimmering sun rays will provide a beautiful backdrop for your landscape if you can capture it in the right way. The above three photographs each have a level of sky playing a part in the finished product. Each one is balanced perfectly by the brilliant, blue sky above.
4. Use The Golden Hours For Gleaming Colour
Those magical moments in a professional photographer’s day create the perfect snapshots of magical colour. Golden hours are those few minutes just as the sun is setting and just as the sun is rising. You really have only a few moments to work with here, but during those golden minutes, you will hear a photographers camera firing off multiple shots until the moment passes. This golden glow created during this time of day is an absolute gift in terms of light. Just take a glance over all the photographs on this page… each one is shot during the “golden hours”. Rather be patient and get your composition ready while you wait for the perfect moment of light.
Take your time and experiment with your landscape photographs. It takes some trial and error to get them perfect, but with a little persistence, you will nail it.
If you’re looking for an avid team of photo nerds to capture your landscapes for you or to commission a composition, give us a shout and we’ll be only too happy to help in the New Year.