Ten (10) suggestions and tips for aspiring landscape and environmental photographers.
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TIP #1: Select a good camera that you know how to operate. Whether you have a full frame or cropped sensor camera, understand how to use it ... PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
TIP #2: Just as you need good hiking boots for hiking, you need a stable platform for your camera. It is a must have for landscape photography.
TIP #3: Select a camera mount that meets your style of photography. Each type provides different types of functionality.
TIP #4: Use a remote control (wired or wireless) to reduce camera shake. Pressing the shutter release may introduce camera shake if you don’t use a remote control.
TIP #5: A must have for your landscape photography kit.
TIP #6: Use a GND filter to capture landscape scenes that have high dynamic range (e.g., bright sky in the background or top third of the scene or the top half is brigther than the bottom half of the scene). The top half of the GND passes less light, the bottom half passes more light. The gradual transition from less light to more light is in the “middle”.
TIP #7: A VND filter gives you the ability to control “the light” of the shot. To understand the various effects, PRACTICE ... PRACTICE ... PRACTICE. Know and understand your camera and its accessories.
TIP #8: A good wide angle lens in your camera kit will aid you in capturing the whole story of the landscape scene.
TIP #9: A telephoto zoom lens gives you the flexbility to “compress” the scene at distance.
TIP #10: A good camera backpack is essentail to get those remote yet unique locations to take those one of kind photographs. Size your backpack based on your goals for photographing landscapes.