100 Tips - Landscape - #06 Variation
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams
In this series of weekly blog posts I will share my top 10 tips broken down into 10 stages for better landscape shots. This will reveal my top 100 tips for landscape photography.
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Experiment and be patient
1. Use filters to improve the exposure and dynamic range.
2. Experiment with aspect ratio – landscape/portrait and 16:9/3:2/4:3
3. Point of View – change your position to change angles & perspective.
4. Look for potential changes in weather and light.
5. Shooting on the edge of a storm are often the best conditions.
6. Change lens’ and focal lengths to vary perspective.
7. Don’t just shoot the big vista, look for smaller scenes & shots.
8. Be prepared to be disappointed – sometimes the light just doesn’t work.
9. When one exposure isn’t enough – focus stack using the lens sweet spot.
10. Stay put – the best images come from being patient & ready.
It’s natural to think once you have nailed a shot you need to move onto another. However I have learnt through experience and patience that the best shot often materialises when I have remained in the same spot and waited for the right light and conditions to emerge.