LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY – 5 Quick Tips For Beginners

Hey guys, this is Jim and this video is all about
five quick tips that you can start using right now to improve your
landscape photography. [inaudible] tip number one, planning. This tip
probably seems like the most obvious one, but I’m putting it first because
it’s also the most important. The time of day and time of year. You plan your shoot are probably
to the most critical details. One because you definitely want to
be prepared for all types of weather. If it’s going to be really hot, you
want to wear something comfortable. If it’s going to be extremely cold, you want to make sure you’re
wearing something comfortable. You definitely don’t want to find yourself
in any life threatening situations, but most importantly, the time of year and the time of day are
going to completely change the look of the landscape. In fact, this can become a huge
creative opportunity because
the way something might look in the summertime is going to be
completely different in the wintertime. In fact, I did a landscape photography
trip out to monument Valley, which for anyone that’s been to monument
Valley or as seen monument Valley looks like this most of the year.
Lots of red rocks, really hot, just an absolute desert. Uh, it’s really just the epitome of the
American Southwest and that red rock and that desert climate is just, it’s
absolutely beautiful. But it’s also, I think in a lot of ways the way that
people are used to seeing monument Valley and used to seeing the American
Southwest. So as an example, I decided to go ahead and
photograph monument Valley
and photograph the American Southwest and the wintertime. I was
curious what that would look like, how it could be different and maybe how
that could bring something new in terms of showing a side of monument Valley
that people don’t normally see. And when I was there, I got really lucky and it actually was
hit with these white app conditions and became this crazy winter Wonderland, which while absolutely freezing was
beautiful and I got some amazing photos during that time. And that was something that was absolutely
predicated on the fact that I plan to go there during the winter
instead of during the summer. The other part of planning and timing
is Dawn and golden hour are the absolute most beautiful times of data photograph. The quality of the lighting during
the times a day is much softer, way more colorful, and it’s just going to give you much more
interesting results than what you get if you’re shooting a landscape
in the middle of the day. It’s for that reason that I recommend
that when you’re planning a shootout, you probably have a list
of locations in your mind. Maybe there’s like that really just
awesome spot that you want to hit during your trip. Maybe there’s
two, maybe there’s three. Make sure that you budget time into your
trip to be at those special locations during the best times a day. If
you have an amazing opportunity, a beautiful Vista and Yosemite Valley
or something special like that, seeing that during sunset or during Dawn
is going to look way nicer than if you were hiking through there in the
middle of the day with direct sunlight. Or even if you had overcast light, it’s just not going to
look as nice as that soft, late afternoon light
or early morning light. So tip number two is
bring a widening the lens. If you look up the
definition of landscape, it’s all about how landforms are
fitting into either a natural or manmade environment. So you’re looking at a lot
of the land forms, which is just a huge, huge canvas. And to fit all
those things in the frame, you’re going to need a wide angle lens. Now that’s not to say to leave
your long lenses at home. I think some of the most beautiful
photographs are taken with long lenses. But when you’re doing
landscape photography, I believe that those lenses are
absolutely secondary. So bring them, you’re going to use them, you’re gonna probably get some
really great photos with them. Let that be secondary. Don’t
forget your wide angle lenses. Tip number three is bring a tripod. This is probably the single
most overlooked component
of landscape photography. Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’ve
got your camera, you’ve got your lenses, you’ve got your ND filters, you’ve got
your new camera bag, it’s all loaded up. You’ve got everything you need
wrong. You forgot your tripod. Look, I absolutely have the most polarizing
relationship with my tripod. It’s probably the most inconvenient piece
of gear because even if you have like a lightweight travel, carbon
fiber or whatever kind of tripod, even if you can strap it to your backpack, it’s just that extra piece of weight
that you just don’t want to have, especially when you’re hiking around
all day and and for the most part, you’re not going to be on
the tripod because you know, during the middle of the day
it’s just not really necessary. But when you reach those critical times
a day that we were talking about when it’s early morning or when it’s late
afternoon and the sun’s getting low, you’re going to want to put your camera
on the tripod because when you start shooting in that lower light, you’re
not going to be able to do it handheld. You’re gonna end up with blurry photos
and the last thing you want to do is come back from this Epic trip where you saw
some of the most beautiful things you’ll probably ever see in your life and the
only thing you took from it were a bunch of blurry photos. If you forget to
bring your tripod, and believe me, I’ve either forgotten my
tripod or intentionally left
it at home more times than I care to admit, you’re going to end up struggling to
either put your camera on a rock or some other kind of surface or you’re going to
do that like super awkward thing where you put the, the next strap on and
you’ll hold the camera really tight. Try to keep it still. I
promise you, when you do that, you’re going to have a bad time and your
photos aren’t going to look great and, and everyone’s gonna suffer for that. Tip number four is to make sure that
you have tack sharp focus and to just eliminate any form of
camera shake that you can. So the tripod is 100% your
first line of defense, but once you’ve got your
camera on that tripod, you also have little things like when
you are touching your camera and you’re, you’re hitting the shutter and you’re
causing those small vibrations in the camera body or in the tripod X. So what
you can do is bring a remote shutter, hook that up to your camera and snap
photos with the remote shutter so you’re hands free and you could
snap your photos that way. Or if you don’t have remote shutter, most cameras do have some kind of a time
feature on them. So set up that timer, you click the shutter and whether
it’s two seconds, 10 seconds, whatever it is that gives you
time to back off your camera, let the shutter go and you
lose all that vibration, you get a much sharper focus. The
other thing that you can do, you know, once you’ve got your tripod, once you’re using a remote shutter
is just looking at your focal range. Most people think that just focusing
to infinity is going to give them the sharpest focus throughout
their entire frame. But actually if you focus on something
a third of the way into the frame, that is going to give you the most
consistent sharpness throughout the entire photograph. So use your, the
magnifying glass on your display. Uh, you know that digital displays zoom in
to something that’s a third of the way into the photo and just make sure
that that thing, whatever it is, as crisp as it can be, and
if that object is Crist, then everything else in the photo
is going to be matched to chop. Another part of, of making sure that you get that tack
sharp focus is finding the sweet spot for your aperture. So I know that,
um, I shoot on Canon lenses. I know that a lot of Canon lenses, the sweet spot is somewhere
between F eight and F 11. Uh, and it’s just, it’s the, that mid range where your lens
is at its absolute sharpest. Um, so definitely go ahead and do a
Google search and just see, you know, what the lens set that you own or whatever
lens is you’re going to be shooting on. What that sweet spot is for those
lenses so that you’ll get the sharpest results. Because when
you’re shooting landscape, there’s so much beautiful detail in the
frame that you really want to pull the maximum potential from every
single one of those pixels. You don’t want to get into the editing
room after your trip and zoom in and realize that what you saw on that tiny
LCD screen that you thought looked awesome is actually just a little bit
blurry or maybe a lot blurry and it doesn’t look as nice as you thought. So tip number five is using
long exposure, long exposures. When you’re doing landscape photography
are absolutely something that you want to be experimenting with. Whether you’re trying to achieve some
sort of special effect like really soft waterfalls or light trails, cars kind of moving through the landscape
or if you’re just trying to get more light in the frame when you’re shooting
during those later times a day, you can really start to stretch
out the time that you’re shooting. When you’re using longer exposures, whether you’re using a couple of extra
seconds or in some cases maybe even if you’re doing night photography,
a couple of extra minutes. I’ve done it and I’ll do it again. It is absolutely the most
exciting result because you’re, the camera is able to see light over
time and so the that you’re getting is something that like you can’t even really
see what the human eye and so you’re able to communicate something through
a photograph that you wouldn’t see otherwise and that’s really awesome. The important thing to remember when
you’re doing long exposures is that again, coming back, you’re going to need to
have your camera on the tripod, right? Because you don’t want to be
shaking your camera around. You don’t want to end
up with a blurry photos, but once you’ve got your camera on
that tripod and you’re doing those long exposures, you can just dial that ISO all the way
down because with that long exposure, you’re going to get all
the light sensitivity. You know you’re going to get all the
light that you need into that sensor, keep your aperture at that mid range
and you’re going to get some really, really good results. So that’s it. Those are my five tips
for landscape photography. If you learn something new or if you
feel like I completely butchered this and left out all the most
important information, let me know by leaving a
comment below. Other than that, I’ll see you guys next time. Thanks [inaudible].

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *