How to Take Great Photos of Beautiful Landscapes

Taking photographs isn’t just a great way to remember your past trips; it’s a fun hobby that can turn into a real creative outlet. If you’re planning a journey to the countryside to take some inspirational shots of the landscape, take a look at these tips.

Lighting

Lighting is arguably the most important aspect to photography. The easiest way to make sure you get the best lighting is by taking photos in the so called “magic hours” and by taking advantage of good weather. When the sun is lower, the colours of your surroundings will have less contrast to them. This will make them appear more subtle, exuding a moody, atmospheric quality in your images. If you’re taking landscape photos on a holiday and setting an early alarm doesn’t sound appealing, don’t worry. Catching the sun just as it’s about to set in the late afternoon will give you the same qualities. An hour after the sun rises and an hour before the sun sets are generally considered the best times for landscape photography.

Composition

Composition is key to a good photo. When you’re looking to take a shot, think about your position. Walk around and examine the subject rather than simply pointing and shooting. One of the beginner rules to landscape photography is “the rule of thirds.” When taking the shot, divide the image into nine equal parts separated by two equally spaced horizontal lines and vertical lines. Try to place any important compositional elements of your photo along these lines or their intersections. For instance, align the horizon on the lower horizontal line with another focal point along one of the vertical lines. Remember this is just a guideline. Experimenting with your own techniques can be one of the most fun parts of taking photographs.

Depth of Field

Photographs that really show off natural beauty tend to use a large depth of field. This means the entire image is kept in focus, giving it a greater sense of space and making your eyes gaze across the whole picture looking for any smaller details. Getting the right depth of field can be complicated. It relates to three factors: how wide an angle your lens is, the focal length of your lens, and your aperture setting. A wide-angle lens will give you a greater depth of field, a longer lens will allow you to see further into the distance, and a smaller aperture (which would be a bigger number on your camera) will give you a greater depth of field.

Of course, the best way to really learn is to get out there and take some pictures. See what you think works and what doesn’t. With digital cameras, you don’t have to worry about wasting film anymore, after all. Follow these guidelines and you’ll soon learn that taking great photos isn’t about expensive equipment, but about how well you can work with the camera.