For your blog or website, you are likely to want to make sure that your photos are truly stunning. Of course, you can use stock images. But it adds an air of authenticity and improves your standing as a blogger when you use images that you have taken yourself. Some of your blog posts can be tricky to get the pictures for as they will be rather specific. But if you share about days out and travel, then improving your landscape photography can be a good place to start. Then you can create a back catalogue of your own images to use for posts. Who knows, it could lead to some paid photography and including on stock image sites. So here are some surefire tips to make your landscape photography the best it can be.
Maximize Your Depth of Field
You might want to get creative and experiment with your landscape photography, creating narrow depth fields or focal points. But one of the best ways to practice with is by make sure that as much of the scenery is in focus as possible. Using a small aperture on your camera. The smaller the setting, the more depth of field that you will get in your pictures. Sometimes, a smaller aperture setting can mean that less light is hitting the image sensor of your camera. In this case, you will need to increase your shutter speed to get the best looking shot.
Look For Inspiration
Having a photographer that you like to follow and try to emulate their style can be a great way to get some inspiration for shots. It might be editing that you love, focal points that you want to copy, or a general style that you would love to take photos like. Whatever it is, seek inspiration from landscape photographers like Peter Lik online and across social media platforms. Imitation is a form of flattery and it can help you on your journey to identifying the kind of photographer that you want to be.
Invest in a Tripod
Longer shutter speeds and smaller apertures can mean that a camera needs to be completely still in order to get the best shot. So as much as you’d like to think you have a steady hand, it isn’t going to be as steady as if it was completely still on a tripod. Getting one with a cable or wireless shutter mechanism can make for an even more still shot. So if you’re serious about it, this can be an investment totally worth it.
In landscape photography, you can make a picture work by thinking about the foreground of the picture, not just the background or the skyline. What focal points or points of interest are in the foreground? It can create depth in your image, as well as helping those viewing the photographs to get taken in by the shot if that makes sense? It makes for a much more inviting and interesting photograph, for sure.
What do you think has helped you with your photography?