Landscape photography is by far the most popular area of photography in the UK. This is probably due to the abundant areas of natural beauty that we are graced with, from simple countryside, pebble beaches and seaside to the Highlands and Islands, Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and moorlands.
Adele Downing, our Birmingham store manager has prepared a few helpful tips for those who are venturing out on one of their first landscape hunting adventures.
- Plan ahead – don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with spontaneity, but if you want to capture remarkable landscape views, plan it out. Landscape photography means going out of the city and this is time consuming. Plan all your commitments in a way that you can have a few hours blocked out all to yourself, without the possibility of being called in.
- Find a location – look for locations near to where you live, you do not need to go to Snowdonia or Cornwall for your first landscape shoot. Rediscover your neighbourhood; you’ll be surprised at what views you can find just outside the city you live in.
- Watch the weather – funny as it may sound, but sudden weather changes have ruined a few of my trips when I wasn’t prepared for it. Make sure you do check the weather forecast before you leave and pack accordingly. Sun cream, comfortable shoes, rain covers, bottle of water or hot tea flask, sun hat etc.
- Take your time – under no circumstances must you rush. If you plan all the above points you should have enough time to think about what you want to shoot and how you want to capture it. Plan your frame, play with horizontal and vertical views (yes, vertical frame is sometimes good for landscape), use the rule of 3rds. Play with ISOs, exposure times and filters. Remember, it takes a few tries to capture the right photo.
What will you need for landscape photography?
As well as a good camera and wide angle lens, you will need some other pieces of essential gear.
- A decent solid tripod and 3-way head.
- Filters: UV, Circular polarising, and a good set of ND filters, graduated, both soft and hard graduated ND filters.
Techniques for landscape photography.
- Shoot in RAW
- Composition rules are important, but remember rules are also meant to be broken
- Try to shoot with a low ISO sensitivity for clean sharp shots
- Know your lens, every lens is different and you will find it’s comfortable spot between f8 and f11
- Look for a focal point
- Don’t forget the foreground
- Sky and negative space (the area that surrounds your subject) can be interesting too
- Movement isn’t always bad