5 Tips for Taking Stunning Landscape Photos

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When you get back from your travels and gleefully load up the 500 photos you took while you were away, it can be more than a little disappointing when you discover that none of them really do the beautiful landscapes you saw justice. Here are five tips to help you take better landscape photos and wow your friends when you’re back from your travels.

Composition

Even though you can crop a photo at home, the best photos have well thought out composition. If the scene doesn’t look stunning through your lens, you won’t be able to make it look stunning with the crop tool.

Focus

It’s not just you that needs to focus when you’re taking a photo. Using selective focus creatively can help you convey our three-dimensional world in the two-dimensional medium that is photography. For example, by focusing on one flower in the foreground, you can create the depth that is missing from your photo.

Tripod

No matter how steady you fancy your hand, at least the occasional picture is going to be ruined by blur. You can avoid this by bringing a tripod with you on your travels.

Golden Hours

How many times have you mastered a photo’s composition only to be let down by a jarring ray of sunlight? If you want to avoid poor lighting, head out at dusk or dawn. These are the “golden hours” for photography and the lighting will help you take gorgeous photos that aren’t ruined by the fierce midday sun.

Intimate details

A good photo takes planning. If you are snapping an iconic landscape like Niagra Falls, it’s unlikely you are going to be able to capture a photo any different or any better than the thousands already available on the internet. By picking out intimate details and focusing on these, however, you can create a unique image. Homing in on the details can create a story in your picture that will capture your viewers.