Learn Landscape Photography
Getting Started with Landscape Photography
Landscape photography is one of the most rewarding genres of photography if you can muster up the courage to travel to beautiful places at times when people prefer to sleep. Landscapes are defined as “all the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.”
Landscape photography is all about capturing beautiful features of a place like a lake, mountain, cave, etc, in the most aesthetically pleasing way as possible. To start with, you will need to learn to see, notice how the colors of the sky changes 24 hours, understand sunset and sunrise, moonset and moonrise timings and directions.
Where to Capture Landscape Photography
As the term itself clarifies, landscape photography is captured in the areas of beautiful landscapes. These include seas, lakes, ponds, glaciers, mountains, forests, sanctuaries, parks, etc. To look at it this way, landscapes are everywhere; even the large parks nearby can provide landscapes.
To really practice landscape photography and work with natural environment though, bird sanctuaries and wildlife sanctuaries are ideal to start with, because you get to work with trees and water bodies, clubbed with many birds and animals, which could add to the composition.
Choosing a Landscape Camera and Lens
Ideally, a full-frame camera, a wide-angle lens, and a sturdy tripod are the major tools of a landscape photographer. The camera should possess higher dynamic range, and that is why full-frame scores over APS-C. Also, for low-light shooting, full-frame is way handier than APS-C, even with the aid of a tripod, because some events happen too fast, like the moments of sunrise where you get the sun at the perfect position.
A wide-angle lens like an 15mm or 16-35mm, which could also be a fish-eye lens, helps provide a wider angle of view and hence more coverage. With wider lenses though, there’s distortion prevalent, and one has to be careful while using them. Especially with fish eye lenses. A sturdy tripod is a must have for a landscape photographer.
Landscape Photography Project Ideas
While everyone shoots landscapes at beautiful locations, to get really good at it, an idea could work out wonders. Firstly, start to shoot at local parks. To create an aesthetic landscape out of small locations is an art that will go a long way in making you a better photographer, while also making sure you are ready to shoot at beautiful locations and can compose quicker. Also, make a series of pictures with same composition but different times, like every half hour of the day. This will help you understand the sun and moon cycles and natural light colors.
Processing Landscape Pictures
Processing landscape pictures is a minimalist job at best. Sometimes, the locations are so beautiful that all you need to really do is control the distortion and bring out the natural colors. Going high on the saturation is harmful for a landscape photographer. The other important part of processing is the cropping, which needs to be taken care of very subtly.