LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: SHOOTING TIPS AND TRICKS
Landscape photography tips to help you shoot like a pro
We kicked off the #LandscapeJuly blogs with a guide to all the type of kit many landscape photographer pack into their bags, and explained how it helps to achieve technically better images. Over the next few weeks we’ve gathered three more blogs covering how to maximise your shots, location pointers and shooting tips and tricks. Hopefully, these will help you hone your landscape photography, and have you shooting like a pro.
Depth of field
Ideally, in a landscape image you want a large depth of field to ensure everything is in focus from the front to the back. Using a small aperture such as f/8, f/11, f/16 or higher will give a deep depth of field. Remember, with Micro Four Thirds cameras you’ll end up getting more depth of field than you would with a 35mm DSLR at the same aperture due to the sensor size. This is another good reason why landscape photographers love the OM-D series.
Shot by Paul Gardener with an Olympus E-M1 + M.14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II
Manually focusing your lens with enlargements
To get the most precise focus possible switch the camera to manual focusing mode, enlarge the area you want to focus on and manually adjust your focusing by eye. This way you’ll ensure you have exactly what you want in focus and the sharpest possible image.
Shot by William Cowings
Find the sharpest point of your lens
All lenses perform slightly differently and have different optical characteristics. Before you go shooting, it’s worth taking pictures of the same scene on a tripod, using different apertures and focusing on the same point. Then preview each image at 100%, check for sharpness in the centre and in the corners and make a judgment on what aperture the lens is sharpest at. This will help you achieve technically better landscapes with optimum sharpness. This is especially useful if you’re planning to print your images.
Shot by Jose Antonio with Olympus E-620 + 14-54mm Lens
Take snapshots before committing to an image
Setting up a shot using ND filters and multiple other accessories can be time consuming, so make sure not to waste the time on an image you don’t think is any good. Try taking a few snapshots of a scene from different angles, positions and varying it between portrait and landscape orientation before committing to a final composition (and then setting up fully).
Find foreground interest
Sometimes landscape shots can look boring due to a lack of interesting elements. Adding small foreground interest, such as a rock, branch or boulder in a seascape, will help to add a sense of scale and ensure the image is more visually interesting.