Hello there and welcome to another Blog post, today I’m writing about my favourite photography, Landscape photography! For quiet some time now I just love nature and enjoy roaming around in mountain areas, breathing in the fresh mountain air is just one of the things in life I can’t live without anymore.
I think that’s why I naturally started taking pictures of beautiful landscapes and really enjoy doing so. Taking pictures of landscapes is sometimes really hard in my opinion because it needs a really good eye to find some good looking patterns and compositions in a landscape. That's why I will give you five tips on how to get better at it.
1. Leading Lines
I always try to find some sort of leading lines in a landscape or some sort of repetitive patterns. It could be a river flowing towards a subject or just some hills stacked behind each other. It gives your picture a unique style which is not going to be obvious at first sight but it will be noticeable after a few looks, it will give your picture the special something. Make sure the lines lead to the subject you want to highlight, this whole process is called composing and creates a pattern in your picture.
Make sure you get your horizons even! A crooked horizon just doesn't look good, for me this tip is one of the foundational rules of landscape photography. If you messed up the horizon in camera you can still fix it in Lightroom so no worries about a crooked horizon.
Sometimes you will find yourself with some sort of emptiness in your landscape picture, to avoid the emptiness you can work with a subject, a subject can literally be anything a human, a tree, a river, a stone, a house etc. In my opinion you want to make sure it’s something that fits into the scene and serves the mood of the picture.
A French photographer once told me to always look for a story when taking pictures, don’t just try to take a beautiful picture he said, try to find a story . Make up a story about the landscape you're about to photograph, it will help you to take better pictures because you start to take pictures more intentionally. Stories bring life into our pictures and make them appear more real and accessible.
I have two ways of shooting landscapes, I call them chill photography and pro photography. If I do chill photography I only bring one lens with me it’s mostly my 24-105mm f4 Canon lens. This lens gives me the ability to be very versatile with my photography because it covers a wide span of focal lengths and I’m super agile because I’m not carrying a lot of weight. And if I’m going out for pro photography I’m bringing a variety of lenses as well as my lens extender. In my opinion three lenses should be sufficient to cover everything you need, usually you want to bring a prime, a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens. Those three lenses cover most of my needs when taking pictures, so in my case I don’t have a prime lens instead I’m using my 24-105mm lens to cover my needs for a medium range lens. If you open my backpack you will find a 24-105mm f4, a 16-35mm f2.8 III and a 70-200mm f 2.8 Canon lens for most of the times I go out for a pro photography trip.
Let’s talk about Canon and Sony lenses for a minute, I’m not a fan of Sony lenses and I’m not a fan of Canon Camera bodies. Which makes me use a Sony a7RII body with Canon lenses, in my opinion that’s such a powerful combination because it’s best best out of two world. Canon bodies are rather disappointing lately, I’m still open to be convinced otherwise with future Canon cameras but for now Canon bodies are a no go for me. With Canon lenses it’s actually the total opposite I really love and cherish Canon lenses and prefer to use Canon lenses over Sony lenses, in my opinion Sony lenses are awesome if you need a fast working autofocus! But if you're working your focus manually, Canon lenses are just the best lenses because you have all the measurements and numbers visible on the lens. I just prefer to be able to control all the camera settings my self, that’s why I manly choose Canon lenses over Sony lenses.
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