Tips For Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography Hero

Hey guys, Andrew Here!

Today I wrote a text about Landscape Photography. It is a long post but I hope you enjoy reading it just like I enjoyed writing it.

Even though I mainly photograph people today, I have always remained a landscape and nature photographer in my heart. Nature photography or landscape photography has become a real passion during my studies, and I have spent many years with it.
I am probably not an expert in the field, but I think some of my pictures have become quite acceptable and presentable.

Now to my equipment recommendations and tips for landscape photography. Everything I have written in the following is my personal opinion and only refers to my own experiences. Therefore, the contribution does not claim to be universally valid or complete.

Equipment Recommendation – The Camera for Landscape Photography

In general, the camera is overrated in digital photography, especially in landscape photography. Of course, the larger the image sensor and the number of pixels, the better the reproduction of details in landscape photos is, but physical limits are provided by the imaging performance of the lenses and the pixel arrangement on the image sensor.

Many excellent landscape photographers work with cameras with tiny sensors. In general, however, I prefer slightly larger and more robust cameras when the weight is not significant, and I use my full format or APS-C camera cases.
As long as you don’t have to earn money with landscape photography and you don’t want to make large-scale prints of your landscape photos, I recommend a reliable, stable and, if possible, splash-proof DSLR with APS-C or full format sensor from one of the big manufacturers.
That is the basis for equipment that you can use and upgrade over the years.

I can recommend Canon, Nikon, and Sony from my own experience, although the selection of lenses and accessories is probably the largest in Canon and Nikon. Test different models and manufacturers in the shop and decide what you like best regarding operation and price. Keep in mind that in a few years time you will buy a new housing rather than a new lens and save some money on the case and buy proper lenses right from the start.

Landscape Camera

If an APS-C or even a full-format camera should be too heavy or too clumsy, I can recommend a good system camera or Micro-Four-Third (MFT) system for landscape photography.
Besides my Canon EOS 5D, I also use the Fuji X Pro 1 now and then and am very happy with it.

Equipment based on a system camera or an MFT camera is the best choice for all those who want to take landscape photography with light and compact luggage, be it for hiking, climbing, mountaineering, air travel or family holidays. My complete Fuji X Pro 1 equipment for landscape photography weighs only a fraction of my DSLR equipment and fits in my small Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag.
For my DSLR equipment, I need a big backpack. And it gets packed full of all the full-size stuff in the long run. The difference in weight of the apparatus can be noticed quite quickly on a longer hike.

For all quality fanatics and professional landscape photographers, only a large-format camera or a digital medium format camera can be used as a camera. Of all 3 of the above photographers work preferably with a large format camera or medium format camera equipment.
In addition to the pure imaging performance, both systems have the decisive advantage, especially in landscape photography, that the slow working speed of the equipment forces the photographer to work much more calmly and peacefully.

For all quality fanatics and professional landscape photographers, only a large-format camera or a digital medium format camera can be considered as a camera. All 3 of the above photographers work preferably with a large format camera or medium format camera equipment.
In addition to the pure imaging performance, both systems have the decisive advantage, especially in landscape photography, that the slow working speed of the equipment forces the photographer to take pictures much more calmly and deliberately than one would do with a “fast” DSLR. That automatically improves the quality of landscape photos, as it depends very much on the skillful image design and careful working from the tripod.

Lenses for landscape photography

Most people will probably think of wide-angle lenses in landscape photography. The more extreme, the better. Yes, with wide-angle lenses, and super wide-angle lenses you can take great landscape photos. But you also get a lot of pictures and this is the significant disadvantage in our built-up civilization landscape. Also, you have to work very precisely below 35mm focal length to avoid distortion and distortion of the image.

I would, therefore, recommend a light telephoto lens as the first lens for your equipment, but maybe a standard zoom (50mm lens) with a telephoto setting is more suitable for your style.
With a telephoto lens, landscape details can be isolated very well and interfere high voltage poles, smoking chimneys, etc. can be easily hidden.

Since in landscape photography you usually fade out a long distance to get a great depth of field, we can also use cheaper lenses, e. g. A kit lens supplied with the camera. Almost every lens can be used with 1 – 2 fades.

Nevertheless, the two lenses mentioned above are my recommendation, as they are also very suitable for other motifs where one would instead work with a small depth of field. They are very robust and of high quality and can also be used with an open bezel. So you also have excellent equipment for portraits and pictures in low light (and open aperture). Who wants to photograph landscapes alone? 9

In any case, I recommend zoom lenses for landscape photography, even if many other photographers recommend fixed focal lengths because of the reduction, the quality, the “nicer” Lensflares, etc. With the zoom you are more flexible.
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The Best Cameras For Traveling and Adventure

The best camera for traveling is critical because you need a device that you are able to use in different situations.

Not only do you have to be proficient with the camera when you are traveling so that you can chronicle everything that you have done, but you also have to use the same equipment for different trips. You need to see which camera for traveling is right for you and what extra accessories you need.

In this article, I go over the different types of Cameras suitable for Travel Photography and what you need to know before you choose one.

Types of Cameras

DSLR

You might need a DSLR camera because then you only need different lenses to take all the pictures you want. You can take pictures pretty quickly with a DSLR, the quality is still unmatched but it is quite heavy and chunky. Modifiability is key with a DSLR: With 2 or 3 lenses you will be ready for most situations.

Make sure to get a big travel bag with snug cushions to keep the bulky DSLR safe and secure.

System Camera

System cameras are equivalent to SLR (DSLR) cameras, but smaller and lighter. Weight is a decisive factor when traveling. A system camera is, therefore, the better travel camera. More important than the camera itself is the species of lenses you will purchase.

All manufacturers of mirrorless system cameras have incompatible lens systems. So you can only use interchangeable lenses that match your camera.

The crucial point is that lenses are usually more important than the technical characteristics of a modern camera. Also regarding price, lenses are more significant.

Underwater camera: Robust construction, but small zoom

Underwater cameras and outdoor cameras depend on their inner values: For example, with a zoom lens that sits deep inside the camera body – in contrast to many other models.

The advantage of this is that the appearance does not break down in the event of a fall. The disadvantage here is the comparatively low zoom and the often lower image quality. While models of similar size already offer a 30x zoom, the robust cameras are content with a maximum magnification of five times. After all, a wide-angle initial focal length of at least 28 millimeters (according to 35 mm) is now standard equipment.

What do other Bloggers say?

So, I asked several bloggers in a Facebook group which camera types they use for taking the best shots on the go. I got more than a dozen replies and want to share the results. So out of the 14 responses:

  • 6 Blogger stated that they use a system camera for traveling
  • 3 Blogger stated that they use a DSLR for traveling
  • 4 Blogger stated that they use a action camera
  • 1 Blogger stated that he uses just a Smartphone while traveling

Upon further request, 7 of the 13 non Smartphone-only Blogger said that they frequently use their smartphones to take snapshots when in a hurry on their travels. That implies that the smartphone technology is slowly replacing some of the lower end cameras. Especially underwater cameras seem to be vulnerable to the trend to manufacture smartphones fully water-proof.

I invited two Blogger to share which model they prefer most:

Lennart from Kofferfuchs.de replied:

I have tried a lot of different cameras during many years of traveling. I found the system camera is the most suitable camera type for traveling. It is light, has great versatility with its quickly changeable lenses and takes pictures with the quality of a good DSLR.

The only downside of most system cameras is the steep price. When you are not a Professional Photographer, more than $1,000 for a camera is no bargain. I use a system camera in the $500 to $800 range and it is a great fit.

I also wrote a comprehensive review on this very topic. You can find my German travel camera guide on my website Kofferfuchs.de.

Scott from ordinarytraveler.com replied:

Both Christy and me love taking pictures of our adventures. We usually carry a system camera to capture special moments in the best quality possible. Apart from that, we like to use a tiny, very light digital camera which is delivers enough quality for most occasions.

You would not expect how far the classic digital camera has come. Modern digital cameras are a lot cheaper than system cameras but provide a significally better result than a smartphone camera. Also, modern digital cameras come with a great bunch of adjustment features to make up for bad weather or light influences.

My guide on cameras for traveling has been quite popular for a while. You can find it here.

Other Equipment

Tripod

For serious travel photographers, a tripod is essential and ambitious hobby photographers can take their travel photos to a new level. If you have decided that a tripod will accompany you on your travels, you are confronted with the big question: Which one is the best tripod?

Favourable solutions can cover part of the challenges. In this case, grab the flexible tripod. It is light, small and can be used everywhere with a little imagination.

If you need more, for example for panoramas or long exposures, you can use a high-quality tripod. Don’t save! The advantages of high-quality tripods are obvious, and at the latest, with the years the investment will pay off because you can use a good tripod over the years (or decades).

Camera Bag

The first thing to think about is how much photo equipment you want to transport and how big the camera backpack has to be. Also, additional space for catering, handkerchiefs, etc. should also be taken into account.

It is also not a disadvantage if you can store a notebook or a tablet in the photo backpack. With the help of these equipment items, you can better assess the pictures you have taken and start editing them right away.

You should also take a look at the quality of the materials used …