Landscape photography is one of the most popular fields in photography, but landscape photography is also considered as challenging and difficult. In this article, you will find 5 common landscape photography mistakes that can be easily avoided.
A tripod is just a must for landscape photography because if you leave your tripod at home you will risk getting blurry images. Especially if you are taking images at a slow shutter speed even the slightest bit of camera movement will result in a blurred picture. Furthermore, to help to level the camera it will be much easier if your camera is mounted on a tripod. Also because most photographers use their inbuilt electric camera spirit level, a spirit level helps to get the horizon straight.
As you see, using a tripod for landscape photography is just necessary, trust me – you will receive much sharper images.
It is really difficult nowadays to make photographs that standout from the others. The most challenging part for a landscape photographer is to find scenes with a different point of view. Try not to photograph at spots where billion other photographers have been before, just search for more hidden locations, which makes your image stand out more in conclusion. Many landscape photographers prefer driving to a spot, hiking for about 5 minutes and bringing back a ton of „killer-shots” thousands of other photographers have done before. That´s just not how landscape photography should work.
By letting the camera do all the thinking you deny yourself the chance to improve yourself and to understand how your camera works. Manual mode is generally used in situations, where your camera has problems to figure out the correct exposure in extreme lighting situations. For instance, if you are taking an image of a scene with a very dark/bright area, your camera might set the wrong shutter speed or aperture and over- or underexpose your image. Using manual mode will help you to avoid exactly that. So, start using manual mode, because it will give you full control over your images and will help you to get better results as a result.
The worst time to shoot landscapes is around midday because your images will just be unspectacular and you won’t have the intense colors like you would have in the morning or in the evening. The golden hours and the time leading up to the golden hours are considered the best because the light will be softer and more even.
Also, make sure to check the weather forecast and the direction of the sun/light related to the scene you want to photograph. Try to improvise and go with your creativity on locations, because every time nature and sunset/sunrise is a bit of difference and it can dramatically change in moments.
Well, shooting in RAW will not save your images from being unspectacular, out of focus or from being boring, but if you accidentally set the wrong white balance or set your camera on a wrong preset you can easily correct colors and your white balance afterward in Lightroom.
So, if your camera supports shooting in RAW, then you should definitely turn it on!
As always, I hope you liked reading my tips and hope you have found the ideas in this article useful! Happy shooting and never stop exploring! See you next time!