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100 Tips - Landscape - #07 Inspiration

“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.  

If you can't wait the 10 weeks to read them all, or would prefer to have them in pocket handbook to refer to when in the field then you can purchase the Photography Made Easy Pocket Handbook for Landscape photography. 

Get the full Pocket Guide for Tips to Better Landscapes now for £5.95

#07 Inspiration

When things don't work as expected

1.          If it’s windy try and use your body as a wind-break for the camera

2.         Always use the lens hood to prevent ‘flare’ & light reducing contrast

3.         Don't rely on autofocus alone, use single focus points or manual focus

4.         Don't use apertures past F16 unless you need to slow your exposure

5.         Shoot in RAW so you can capture the best digital data possible

6.         Be original and don't just shoot the obvious shots - experiment

7.         If it’s not working -  fill the frame - only include what’s necessary

8.         If you don't own graduated neutral density filters you can bracket

9.         Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, we need the negatives to develop

10.       Give yourself mental breaks from the camera - go back to observation

Sometimes to get myself in the zone & clear my mind I put my earphones in and listen to music to help me become inspired – just make sure you pick something appropriate to listen to that lifts you and helps you to sense.