Best Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners : Step by Step Guide
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Who is not fascinated by a mesmerizing panorama depicting a lavish green meadow cut by a lazy
zigzag muddy path tapering into far off horizons and inviting the viewer to blissful tranquility ? Or the sight of deep orange sun dipping into vast deep blue waters painting golden ripples on it ? Or some mighty waterfall splashing on the hard rocks creating a spectacular sight?
Well, all this looks so captivating. But alas, we can't be anywhere we wish. But a vivid photograph can almost transport us there. Here lies the charm of great photography - it makes you feel the subject, and not just shows it.
Landscape photography is one just skill which has an extensive range of subjects, realms, depths, times and a strong captivating potential. This should come as no surprise that a nice landscape photograph has a therapeutic effect too. Nature being a wonderful teacher and an unparalleled inspiration offers lavish scope for avid photographers. But here is word of caution : don't be taken away. Rather take your time and study in depth the techniques that go into making a landscape photograph a piece of art. Here are a few simple steps to create a wonderful impact through landscape photograph.
- Fall in love... with your subject
Learn to love your subject first. You can't do justice to your subject otherwise. To evolve into an credible landscape photographer, you must be friends with nature and her myriad hues. You must be able to breathe with the rhythm of nature. You have to immerse yourself into the beauty of the rising sun from behind the mountains, the magnificence of the setting sun across the far off horizons, the splash of mesmerizing meadow greenery during a lazy afternoon, the intricacy woven in the patterns of long pine trees, the intriguing sight of cattle grazing in the lush pastures... well, there is no end to the list nature offers to us. The idea is to be a keen observer and an admirer first before you take to the camera. Also, learn the timings of nature - there are golden moments when nature offers best views. Learn patience to wait for the perfect moment.
- Invest in a good camera (Pentax K 70)
Technology has not left any field untouched. Photography is no exception. With a sweeping technology all around in the optical sciences, we have better lenses, mirrors, shutters and softwares today. A person wishing to make it big in the world of photography should invest in a good camera with perfect equipment. It has not necessarily to be the costliest but should be able to capture finest nuisances and details. There are many good options made available by establshed companies like Canon and Nikon. Some prescribed cameras for new photographers include EOS Rebel, Nikon D5600, Pentax K 70 etc which may be easily searched from respective websites. The latest versions of DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras have revolutionised the photographic process. Mirrorless cameras have added yet another dimension to state of the art photography techniques. Access good photography websites and blogs to keep abreast of latest as well as those cameras which make the job of a newbie super easy.
- Go for a strong tripod stand
A stabilising apparatus is very important while evolving as a professional photographer. No matter
how carefully you hold your mobile camera or digital camera in hand, you just can't do anything to the involuntary movements of the body. Even a slight shaking can spell doom on an otherwise perfect shot. So a beginner must value a good tripod which firmy holds the photography device. The tripod must b able to help even in rough, uneven, coarse or hilly surfaces. Shutter speed of your photography device calls for the necessity of a good tripod. For longer shutter speed, you need a tripod to click a steady and sharp photograph.
- Always be a keen learner
Never underestimate the value of learning new things. As a beginner, one must develop a knack for
learning fresh things and developments. Try to look the things with a fresh perspective. Let your
creativity blossom through your own style of observations and analysis. Always value other people's
commendable works and admire the efforts that went into creating a masterpiece. Learn the finesse of
camera angles, rules of light and shade, cropping and editing process. Acquaint yourself with latest and wonderful softwares that embellish your photographic endeavors. This will put you on a gratifying path of evolving as a professional photographer in future.
- Begin as a beginner
Don't rush to creating milestones in the first attempt. Things take time. Learn which techniques work
best for newcomers. Learn about your equipment. Use mid range aperture and low ISO. Practise to play with shutter speed and filters. Learn, for example, why a wide angle lens works wonder in landscape photography. Remember, the masters of today were beginners first. It is further advisable to go through the learning days of genius landscape photographers. How such people mastered this art will surprise you. Some best and unwritten tips would tumble out from their lives.
- Learn to look for a focal point
A focal point is very important in any work of art, be it a landscape painting or a photograph. Try to
learn the significance of focal point which serves as the centre of attraction. The focus can be anything - a horse grazing leisurely, a tree, hut, a silhouette or a boulder. Just anything which adds to the intriguing element in your work. Your camera angle will decide how lively your focus calls for attention to the viewer.
Experts may list many more tips for new hands in landscape photography. Better to learn as much as you can. But keep in mind one simple tip always : No device, however advanced, can replace your own creativity. Don't let the technological tools kill your creativity and flair. Always summon your creativity first as it can ensure wonders through your innovations. The technical tools and softwares can just serve to sharpen your art piece and don't create it.
Happy shooting !