Tip #2: Gear and Packing
When you’re out in the open, you won’t always have flat ground to stand on. Whether you’re on a beach or a rocky hill, a tripod can be your best friend during an outdoor shoot. Sometimes you need to wait for that perfect moment before you shoot and holding a camera for this long won’t really be possible.
While shooting in low-light conditions, you’ll be using a large focal ratio and the length of exposure required will be quite long. With a tripod, you can set it up to get the perfect angle and keep it steady for those long exposures.
When it comes to landscape photography tips, using a wide-angle lens is at the top of the list. This will allow you to capture more of your landscape and would be recommended by any landscape photographer you met.
However, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to focus more on something, in particular, you don’t always have to use a wide-angle lens. You can try out shooting with a longer lens to capture distant details. A great type of longer lens is the telephoto lens.
A telephoto lens has a focal range of 100mm and above.This means that they allow you to zoom in on your scenery effortlessly. They are especially helpful when you find a part of the landscape that you want to focus on.
A couple of basic filters that you can carry with you for an outdoor shoot are a Circular Polarizer (to help ease reflections) and a Neutral Density Filter (to block out some light from the camera’s sensor which will slow down the exposure). Neutral-density filters are designed to reduce the amount of light that can enter the lens, which means you can use slower shutter speeds than you would normally.
Batteries and Media Cards
Another important landscape photography tip and applies to every photo situation. It never hurts to carry spare batteries and a memory card. You would be most thankful for this tip, in the situation that your battery dies mid-masterpiece.
Pack all the equipment with care as you might be walking or climbing and moving your bag around.