Today, a few quick tips for shooting landscapes.
- Use a tripod. This is the one time you will need one. Landscape needs to be sharp. SHARP.
- Consider using graduated filters to darken skies.
- Consider using a polarizing filter.
- Use small depth of field (e.g. set an aperture of f/11 or f/16).
- Focus one third into the picture to ensure all is sharp.
- Be careful not to over-expose. You may well need -1 stop exposure compensation when shooting foliage.
- Did I mention tripods?
- Keep the horizon straight.
- Shoot at sunrise or sunset if you can.
- Use the “rule of thirds”.
- Use S-curves if you can to gently lead into the image.
- Look for small colour contrasts (e.g. red-green, and yellow-blue),
- Consider adding close-by foreground subjects to show depth in your image.
And your pictures will be better!