When I started to take picture, I’ve always been fascinated by Landscape picture.
After a couple of thousand pictures taken, here is a selection of my best landscapes.
- You have to know I drastically changed my shooting methods between my first pictures and now. At the very beginning, I would go to a place to visit and if by any chance something beautiful was there, I shot. Now I go to a place for the shoot. That means a lot of preparation
Be sure to have the right material.
I’m ok with the fact that it does not take the most expensive stuff to make the best pictures. However, if you want to make a long exposure at noon, you will probably need a neutral gray filter!
- First at all, be sure your battery is full and take a memory card with you. I remember a shot we made with two friends above Grenoble (France) from a little castle on the top of a mountain. 45min to reach the point, we set tripods and cameras when one of them said he forgot his SD card in his laptop. It was ok, we had spare cards…. We started to make long exposure pictures, after several pictures a new « oops! » was heard: the same guy ran out of battery. He did the perfect combo that night. So please, think about your basic items.
- Landscape = tripod. I’m pretty sure some people will not agree with this item. I like to take time to think about my composition and the tripod helps a lot. Furthermore, you will be able to increase your stability, especially if you are using long focal or doing long exposure.
- I’ve often heard the question: « what is the best lenses for landscape? », « 14mm or 200mm? », or « Do I need a short or long focal? ». Guess what: there are suboptimal lenses for landscape and it’s going to depend about what you are going to shoot and what you want to show. Personally, I use a 17-50mm because I like this range for pictures. It allows me to be close enough of what the human eye is able to see. Alexandre Deschaumes prefers to use 70-200 to isolate the subject (and his pictures are outstanding!). So follow your feeling!
- I like to use a neutral gray filter. It allows me to increase the exposure and capture those steamy effects on the water.
Check the weather
- Hopping on the net to check what the weather is going to look like for the day takes no time at all. Being diligent about it could mean the difference between a wet camera or a dry one!
- Some places can be very dangerous, so be prepared. Some areas are known for sudden changes in weather.
Google: your best ally
- Nothing is easier than looking for something on internet. If you have an idea in mind but you don’t know where to find the right spot: google it and you will have an answer very quickly. It’s the same if you have to go somewhere and want to know what kind of picture you will be able to take. This method is fast and free!