Landscape photography is a growing passion/obsession at the moment, and it’s no surprise. Humans are intrinsically linked to the great outdoors, and with more and more of us spending more and more of our time in dingy offices it’s unsurprising that people are craving nature.
Add to that the increasing supply and decreasing cost of camera equipment, including the fact that everybody carries their smartphone around, and it results in millions of landscape photographs being shared every single day.
But how can we stand out from the crowd of Instagrammers and Tweeters? Simple – We just need to improve our own landscape photography and make sure that it’s better than the rest.
If you haven’t read out beginners guide to composition yet, I’d recommend doing so. And then we’ll dive right into these quick tips to improve your landscape photography!
1. It’s All About the Light
Get up early – Stay out late. That’s the mantra of the successful landscape photographer. Light is the single most important thing in photography, which is quite obvious really considering that without light there is no photograph.
However, it’s not just the presence of light that’s important. The quality of that light plays one of the most important roles in landscape photography. We are generally aiming for light that brings out the best in our subjects, often illuminating it in a soft glow and ideally lighting up the sky in a gorgeous palette of pastel shades.
For this to happen we need to be on location at the right time, and it just so happens that the ‘right time’ is shortly after sunrise and shortly before sunset. Generally speaking, we refer to the golden hour of photography as the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset, with that being when the light is at it’s finest. In summer months this can result in some absurdly early alarm calls, but when you come away with a gorgeous photo all that tiredness melts away!
Without the gorgeous beams of light breaking through the clouds this would be a rather unspectacular photograph of a drizzly day by the mountains, but the presence of that light transforms the image.