Symmetry, repetition, contrast, asymmetry, coherence, symbolism, and a glimpse of irony – these are the key components that constitute a beautiful photograph taken by an extraordinary photographer. These are also the same components that one needs to balance when making one of the most straightforward but most difficult subjects to photograph-landscape.
Since they are permanent, familiar, accessible, and part of nature, landscapes have been one of the most preferred subjects by most photographers. Landscape photography can be traced as early as 1849 when the Negative paper Print was published in the book “Egypt, Nabi, Palestine et Sary.” In the 19th century, several iconic landscape photographers emerged who dominate extensive photography collections in museums and galleries around the world. Today, many budding photographers fall in love with nature. And as they pursue the road to landscape photography, more and more work and techniques continue to emerge.
Fall in love with the land
Unlike other types and styles of photography, most people will say that taking landscape photos is easy because you do not need to be instructed about the subject, and you can choose whatever angle you want. In contrast, most photographers believe that landscape photography is the most difficult because you will need a deeper set of tools and a much deeper eye to make the “ordinary” scene very extraordinary.
Imagine capturing the natural beauty of a majestic landscape with your camera and in your choice. Before coming into the field of landscape photography, you need to pay attention to some such elements:
1. Camera, lens, and lens shade are outstanding deals. Although you can use any camera, most photographers would recommend SLR or Digital SLR as these offer a more comprehensive selection of lenses and ensure better results. Wide-angle lenses are also recommended as it gives a great view in any photograph. To protect your lens, look for a good lens hood or shade.
2. Tripod is a must. This is a very invaluable and essential asset for landscape photographers to avoid blurring results and to ensure maximum depth of field.
3. Invest in film and filters. Today any movie can be used because it can record the color of nature vividly. You have to be wise in using the correct ISO film to avoid grain in your photo print.
4. Consider the camera position. This dramatically affects the overall quality of your picture, as it requires your creative judgment. (TIP: If your composition has a horizon line, keep it flat so that there is as much room as possible).
5. Set the direction and type of light to be used. The proper course with balanced lighting will make or landscape your landscape so you can make sure you visit the location and predict the weather before your shoot.
6. Be hands-on in post-exposure manipulation. To get the job done, try to master and learn the doo in the dark so that you can get the results you want.