How to Take Breathtaking Landscape Photos

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Are you a photography student or enthusiast in love with the great outdoors?  Do you look up to photographers like Ansel Adams and William Neill?  Sounds like you’d like to be an aw-inspiring landscape photographer –one day.  If you’re a beginning photographer or a photography student, you’d probably like a couple of hints to take your photos to the next level.  Here’s a short list of tips and tricks that are sure to get our spectators saying “Wow, what a beautiful landscape photo”:

1.  Get Inspired.

If you want to be a maser, you must first study them.  The internet abounds with great landscape photos taken by experts and Average Joes.  Pinterest, tumblr and Google+ provide plenty of social networking for photographers.  You can find great inspirational landscape photos by using the link .

2.  Depth of Field- Take it to the Limit.

When the subject matter is the scenery, you’ll want as much of it in focus as possible.  Granted there will be times when you want to experiment with a narrower depth of field, but for the most part you’ll want both the foreground and the background to be sharp, so go with a small aperture setting. Remember in photography, a smaller aperture setting means a larger number.  Because less light will be hitting the lens, be sure to increase your ISO and lengthen your shutter speed.

3.  Go for the Golden Hours.

Some photographers only shoot during dusk and dawn, more commonly known as Golden Hour.  These times of day provide the most interesting and beautiful quality of light, able to enhance any landscape composition by color hues and angle of lighting.

4.  Get out Your Tripod.

To create those crisp, sharp images of landscape photography, you want to slow down your shutter speed.  But there’s no guarantee your hand will be steady as you wait for the slow shutter bug to finish its dance with the light.  Using a tripod is the best bet you’ll create the photo you want, with nothing blurred in between.  A tripod is must for photography.

5.  Consider your Composition

As a photography student, there’s one rule you’ll hear over and over again –it’s the rule of thirds, and it’s all to do with a photo’s composition.  In addition to the never ending , you’ll want to take into account how lines, focal points and the horizon line all combine to make your landscape photo more interesting.

6.  Weather Works Wonders

Sure, sunsets and sunrises make for good photos- but getting a great weather shot can add something more spectacular than color and light, and that’s movement.  Be mindful that certain weather conditions, such as snow, will require certain filters (most of the time a simple polarizing filter will suffice).  Mists, lightning, incoming storms, and strong winds all will add an element of dynamism to your landscape photo.

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