When it comes to landscape photography there aren’t really any rules or right and wrong way of doing things. All you need is a good idea of what you are trying to capture as most landscape images don’t usually just happen you have to plan and create them. Planning and having a location in mind will save you time as you can quite easily spend a lot of time driving around trying to find a perfect place.
Having good equipment that you know how to operate and use will help ensure you get everything right and a tripod is a must to keep your images sharp when using a slow shutter speed and small aperture combinations, especially if you are going for a dusk or dawn shot. A good technique and usually a lot of patience, and sometimes a bit of luck too.
Depending on the style of image you are trying to create checking the weather first before heading out will definitely make sure you can get that desired shot. Most landscape photographers prefer to shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon and early evening. This is the time when the sun is lower in the sky and not directly overhead which can sometimes have the effect of flattening out the landscape images. If you do choose to shoot midday when the sun is out and at its highest knowing where the sun rises and falls will ensure you get in the correct shooting position.
Landscapes Photography Conditions
Just because the sun may not be out that doesn’t mean that you can’t go out and take a photograph. In fact an overcast day can give you a full day of photographing images as long as the sky isn’t an endless expanse of grey and detail is present in the clouds, you can shoot some incredible moody images.
As I am based in Cheadle, Staffordshire there are plenty of locations near to me without having to drive too far. One of the popular locations that I like to go are the Roaches in the Peak District. With most of the area being in excess of 1,000ft above sea level you can imagine some of the incredible views to be seen.
There are some good opportunities up here to capture the mist sweeping low to the ground across the hills early in the morning, and if you are lucky a nice sunrise that will break through the clouds giving it a good soft light. In the winter months as it’s so high up, there is often a good scattering of snow and lots of thick white clouds giving it a good wintery feel. As snow is bright using your camera in auto mode will most likely result in dark images as the camera will read all the bright light reflected from the snow and will compensate accordingly. The easiest way to prevent this happening is to shoot in manual mode and compensate as required.