Shooting amazing landscape photography isn’t just about going out into the wilderness with a camera and hoping for the best. Sure, sometimes you get lucky, but to make sure you’re going to capture incredible images, there are a few things you should take into consideration before snapping the shutter. Check out landscape photographer Serge Ramelli‘s top 10 landscape photo tips:
1. Shoot at the Right Time
The best times to shoot during the day are at sunrise, sunset, Golden Hour, Blue Hour, and then at night when the city is all lit up or the stars are lighting up the sky.
2. Play with Long Exposures
Long exposures give your image a smooth, flowy appearance. They can produce stretchy clouds, silky water, and light streaks that portray fast moving cars.
3. Use Your Foreground, Middle Ground and Background
Tie in all three to create the perfect image.
4. Show Vast Spaces with Panoramas
There’s no better way to get the big feel of an expansive space.
5. Find Unique Angles
Get different perspectives by shooting from rooftops, balconies, or from down low.
6. Use the Rule of Thirds
Position and compose your shot with the rule of thirds in mind.
7. Use Leading Lines
Draw the viewer’s eye into the image.
8. Use Natural Frames
Frame the subject with objects or walls that guide the focus.
9. Bad Colors = Go Black & White
If the colors come out flat or bland, you can add dramatic impact to the image by turning it black & white.
10. Have a Clear Message
You want to have your own voice as a photographer, your own style. To find that uniqueness, you’ve got to get out there and start shooting.
These tips will help you get started and along the way you’ll find out what works for you and what doesn’t.
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