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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Different Genres of Photography

Photography Genres

Photography is a place where you can work in a lot of different places and do a lot of different things. You will have a chance to take pictures in places that you might never have thought of before, and you should make it so that you can work in every area that you want.

Some people want to work out a way to take pictures all the time, but other people want to work in genres that are very specific because they have wanted to do these things for a long time. That is why you have to look into each of these gendered because they will all give you something to think about when you are trying to make choices for your career. Each one is great, and you just have to pick what you want most.

Action

Action photography is something that you will do when you do when you are on the move trying to get pictures of things that are moving. You need to have as many do the lenses as you can get because you have to have a high shutter speed. Someone who does not have the right Shutter speed is in need of something that is probably faster, and that also means that you should ask people who sell you gear how much power and speed you need when you are trying to take a picture of something that is pretty particular.

These are all different, and you just have to see if you can get as many as you can so that you will know that they are all working. You can take shots that stop the action, and you can make them quickly.

To wrap up, Action photography is about:

  • Fast moving shots
  • Using an extremely high shutter speed
  • Taking pictures in motion

Still

Still photography is just anything that takes up most of the frame. This would be like being an artistic photographer who wants to take pictures of fruit bowls and things of the sort. That might be something that you can do to have a lot of fruit pictures around your house, and you can make art that will work no matter where you are going.

To wrap up, Still photography is about:

  • Taking pictures of non moving objects
  • The perfect composition

People

Portraits are popular because people need to have them done all the time. Clients need them for their jobs, and they need them to make press packets. You should remember that you can do this as much as you want on your own, or you can make a whole business about this because the business will be the place where people go to make sure that they can get their headshots and other pictures done. Portraits are fun because you can practice them a lot with your friends, before you can move into different genres of photography. For many artists wedding photography would be the next step.

Wedding photographers are the people that will capture all the action from a wedding, and they need to have a lot of lenses because they take so many different pictures. Each picture will be unique, and they need to see if they can find clients that are getting married in the summer.

To wrap up, People photography is about:

  • Taking high quality portraits
  • Displaying your counterpart in the best possible way
  • Doing wedding photography for couples who are getting married

Photojournalism

This is where get your pictures taken for editorial news pieces. You can do this for yourself, or you can do it just to help someone else. It all depends on what you need to do, and you can change your style depending on the kinds of pictures that you want to take. Some people want to travel, and others will just do this in their local community.

To wrap up, Photojournalism is about:

  • Taking pictures for the newspaper as a reporter
  • Taking pictures for yourself and make your own stories
  • Traveling to see places that need to be chronicled

Nature

Nature photography is very important because it will help people get a better idea of the world around them. You can get the nature pictures taken in a way that will help you make the most of each frame, and you can even go so far as to try to take pictures of the animals that arr in your area. These animals will be easy to take pictures of because they will be right there in your backyard, or you can travel to see them and find out where they live.

It all depends on what you want to do to make your pictures look great. You could make a book of these pictures, or you could do this on assignment.

To wrap up, Nature photography is about:

  • Capturing the nature and its animals on film
  • Finding the right light exposure
  • Traveling the world and recording it

Avant-garde

There are a lot of people who are going to want to have an avant-garde photography career because you can take as many pictures as you want. You can take pictures of things that are very common and make their pictures look different. You can take pictures in strange places, or you can use odd filters that will make everything look in another way.

This is a photographic genre that you can use at any time but you have to be very creative to make a living in Avant-garde photography.

To wrap up, Avant-garde photography is about:

  • Experimenting with uncommon scenes
  • Abstracting the details