You may not be aware of everything your camera is capable of. Taking landscape photos can teach you a lot. Taking landscape shots from various perspectives and in different environments can give you the technical know-how to take anything. Here are three basic tips to capturing great landscapes.
1. Preparing for camera
Generally, when taking landscape photos, the perfect lens setting is about 30-40mm. The bundled lenses (normally 18-50mm) packaged with the camera body is ideal. If your camera is a compact model capable of high-resolution zoom or one with a wide-angle lens or a panorama setting, you can take landscape photos just as cool as those you could get from an ILC.
MV900F | 1/90s | f/3.0 | 36mm | ISO 100
Landscape photo taken with stable 36mm lens
The Samsung SMART CAMERA MV900F has just the right specifications for getting breathtaking landscapes. Although the MV900F is in the compact camera class, it has a 5x zoom lens with supporting 25-125mm wide angle and live panorama functions. These features provide sufficient distance and view angles no matter when or where you plan to the shot. In addition, its 16:9 aspect ratio multi-screen enables you to take landscape photos with various compositions in any environment.
2. The best time to take landscape photos
The best time for professional photo-taking is called the ‘Golden Hour’. The golden hour refers to the 30 minutes just before sunrise and the 30 minutes right after sunset. This is when photographers can get shots without harsh sunlight, giving the scenery a more serene look, deserving of the name ‘golden hour’.
However, in practice, it is hard to always be in position to take photos always precisely at the golden hour. Moreover, cloudy and sunny days each have their own charms as photo environments. What is essential, though, is the basic technique of adjusting the camera’s aperture setting. In general, if you adjust the aperture low on cloudy days and high on sunny days, you can achieve the proper light intensity and take outstanding photos regardless of the weather.
MV900F | 1s | f/3.2 | 43mm | ISO 400
A landscape photo taken at golden hour. Taking photos at that time,
you achieve interesting gradations of sky and twilight at the same time
3. Composing pictures
Composition is the most basic requirement for landscape photos. In fact, when you take landscape snapshots, you can get quite excellent composition just by holding your camera horizontal to the horizon. But such photos are apt to be a little boring with flat composition. To capture more impactful landscapes, you should pay attention to the arrangement of the subjects within the picture.
MV900F | 2s | f/7.7 | 24mm | ISO 80
A global form on the seemingly flat horizontal line adds a novel touch to the composition
MV900F | 1/5000s | f/4.9 | 24mm | ISO 100
It might have been just a plain picture of the surface of the sea,
but the silhouettes of two men animated this landscape photo
Once you couple the mastery of these 3 tips for wonderful landscape photos with other basic camera skills, you are well on your way to a lifetime of enjoyment with photography.