This entry was posted on February 1, 2023.
There is no denying the appeal of landscape photography. So much so that the Landscape Photography Awards is dedicated to celebrating the incredible landscape around Britain and the talented photographers that capture it for everyone’s enjoyment. Recently, Will Davies was named Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022 thanks to his shot ‘Brecon in Winter’. It’s a gorgeous shot, and it’s sure to inspire landscape photographers old and new. Now that 2023 is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about how you can capture the best landscape shots and produce images that are just as impressive as those seen at the Landscape Photography Awards.
As with any type of photography, there is a lot that goes into landscape photography. You need to find a subject - this could be rolling hills, a tranquil lake, miles of countryside or a coastal scene - and determine what your angle is going to be. You will also need to think about lighting, composition and colours. A lot of this comes with trial and error, and there is nothing wrong with approaching a landscape shot in a couple of different ways before you hit the mark. To help you capture landscape photographs to be proud of, we have detailed some of our top tips for 2023.
Top Tips for Landscape Photographers in 2023
- Choose the Right Location - One of the most important parts of capturing a great landscape shot is not actually to do with your photography skills; it’s about choosing the right location. If you want to create landscape images that people love, you need to have an eye for picking a great location and view. Before getting started, have a clear idea of the type of shot you want to get. Perhaps you want to go somewhere unknown and unfamiliar to take a photograph that very few people have taken before. You might want to head to a well-known landmark to showcase your own take on a popular sight. Whatever you do, put some planning into your choice of the location before getting started.
- Patience is Key - Let’s face it, the weather in Britain is unreliable at the best of times. There is no knowing when the elements will turn against you, instantly ruining your photography vision and sending your dreams of capturing an excellent photograph elsewhere. When this happens, be patient; wait for the clouds to clear, the rain to stop, or the storm to pass. If you have to travel a long way to reach your destination, plan ahead to minimise the chances of you being disappointed by the weather. If you are faced with less-than-ideal conditions, snap away and see what happens. Who knows, you might capture something unexpected but just as impressive.
- Put in Extra Effort - There are a lot of landscape photographers out there, and there is no shortage of landscape shots to enjoy. If you want yours to stand out as being something special, you need to put in the extra effort. For example, climb to a greater height to take a photograph of hills or mountains, going further than others have gone. This might take a lot more time and energy, but it’s likely to pay off when you see your photographs. Though it’s a lot easier to access obvious viewpoints and popular routes, it’s unlikely that this will result in unique and unusual photographs. It’s a good idea to go off the beaten track and to capture something that sets you apart from other photographers.
- Think About Lighting - Lighting can make or break a photograph, but you can’t control the lighting outside in the same way as you can when taking photographs inside, which means thinking about lighting before you get started. Landscape photography relies heavily on natural lighting, and shooting in the early morning or late afternoon is usually best. In order to capture a great landscape shot, you need to be able to adapt to changing lighting and various lighting conditions. Instead of calling off an entire shoot because of the lighting, learn how to photograph on cloudy and poorly lit days and make the most of changing various camera features.
- A Tripod is Essential - As any good photographer will tell you, a tripod is a key piece of photography equipment, especially when you are shooting landscapes. If you are battling with low light conditions and changing weather, a tripod can help you to capture clear and sharp shots. Unless you have a remarkably steady hand, a tripod can make a big difference. With a tripod, you will get the most out of using a slow shutter speed or long exposure settings on your camera. At CameraWorld, we have a range of tripods available, so you won’t struggle to find one that’s perfect for your camera. Many tripods are lightweight and small, making them easy to take on the road with you.
As you can see, there are various ways to improve your landscape photography abilities in 2023. Of course, photography is supposed to be fun, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in and see what happens. After all, some of the most memorable shots are the accidental ones. Though you might have a specific photograph in mind, there is no knowing what else is out there.
Landscape Photography Accessories at CameraWorld
At CameraWorld, we have everything you need to pursue a hobby or profession in photography. It doesn’t matter if you are planning to take photographs worthy of an award or you simply want to capture your favourite local landscapes to show friends and family; you won’t be short of choice. We have everything from cameras and tripods to lenses and bags. Whether you are adding to an existing photography kit or building one from scratch, our range of products covers everything. To find out more about the best cameras that use film, get in touch with our helpful team.