Successful landscape photography relies heavily on proper location, composition, and lighting. Landscape photographer Mark Denny shared tips for photographers of all experience levels.
No. 1. Elastic support
Attach a simple elastic cord to the hook at the bottom of the tripod. Additional weight can be attached to it to make the tripod heavier and provide a more stable and level footing. Thus, you can hang, for example, a bag.
Pull the elastic cord through the handle of the bag and attach it to the tripod hook, this will allow the bag to rest on the ground, which will ensure that the tripod is securely fixed.
No. 2. Shooting in the water
When shooting in water, Danny recommends extending the bottom of the tripod legs rather than the upper leg segments. This keeps water and sand out of the tripod’s hinges, extending the life of the tripod and causing fewer problems when it comes to cleaning it.
Number 3. Polarizing filter
Although a polarizing filter can traditionally be used only in certain situations, such as when shooting moving water to eliminate reflections and flare, this filter can help in other situations as well.
Danny uses a polarizing filter on every shoot, at least to see how it affects the frame and whether it can improve the end result by removing light reflections from dry leaves, for example, and creating a brighter image.
No. 4. Shower cap
To protect your camera from rain, you can use a simple shower cap. This is an affordable and compact addition to a photographer’s kit that will save your equipment.
No. 5. Vertical telephoto panorama
A long focal length lens creates a shrinking effect. To solve this problem, Denny recommends setting the camera vertically and panning from left to right.
No. 6. Shutter movement
If you want to create motion blur, such as in water or the sky, and you don’t have a neutral density (ND) filter to do it, you can lower the ISO and increase the aperture value, which will reduce the amount of light. This will give you the option to move or slow down the shutter to add a blur effect to the frame.
No. 7. Capture the sun’s rays
To capture the sun with beautiful rays passing through the branches or leaves in the forest, it is enough to reduce the aperture, for example, to f / 32. Depending on the type of lens, the sun’s rays will differ in appearance.
Notice the differences in the pictures. In the first photo, the shutter speed (SS) is 1/40, and the aperture value is 5.6. In the second shot, as Danny advises, the aperture is reduced to 32, and the shutter speed is 1 / 1.3. At the same time, the ISO value remains the same — 320.
No. 8. When taking a panorama
To make it easier to shoot panoramic images, Danny takes a photo of his hand at the beginning and end of the panorama to make it easier to identify the start and end of each sequence when importing and editing images.