It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always. The seasons are changing around us, and things are warming up. Today, let’s talk about capturing breathtaking summer landscapes with your camera. Summer is a fantastic time for outdoor photography. With some preparation and creative techniques, you can step up your landscape photography game to new heights. So, grab your gear and let’s get started!
First things first: research and planning. Scout out potential locations through social media, guidebooks, or word-of-mouth recommendations beforehand. Look for spots that offer diversity in terms of natural features, such as mountains, lakes, forests, or coastlines. Consider the time of day when the light will be most favourable, such as a golden hour or blue hour, to enhance the mood and atmosphere of your shots.
Once you’ve chosen your location, it’s time to think about composition. Remember the rule of thirds, leading lines, and the importance of foreground interest. Incorporate elements like flowers, rocks, or trees to add depth and perspective to your images. Experiment with different angles and perspectives to create unique and compelling compositions. If you want to dive into detail my book, The Eiffel Tower Effect, will help you to think differently when creating unique photos of familiar subjects.
Now, let’s talk about gear. While the choice of equipment depends on personal preferences, I recommend carrying a wide-angle lens to capture expansive landscapes and a telephoto lens to bring distant subjects closer. Additionally, a sturdy tripod (or Platypod) will be helpful for those long exposure shots, ensuring sharpness and stability in your images.
Regarding settings, shooting in manual mode gives you complete control over the exposure triangle. Opt for a low ISO to minimize noise, choose an aperture that provides the desired depth of field, and adjust the shutter speed accordingly. Bracketing can be helpful to capture a wider dynamic range, particularly during sunrise or sunset when the light can be challenging.
Now, let’s remember the magic of light. In summer, the sun rises early and sets late, so you have plenty of opportunities to capture that warm, soft light. Be prepared to wake up early or stay out late to take advantage of these magical moments. This side of things is certainly a lot easier in winter! Also, observe weather conditions; dramatic skies and clouds can add a punch to your shots.
Lastly, feel free to get creative. Experiment with different techniques, such as long exposures to capture the movement of water or clouds, or use filters like neutral density or polarisers to enhance colours and reduce reflections. Play with composition, experiment with different perspectives, and let your creative vision guide you.
Remember, photography is about capturing your unique perspective and sharing your experiences. Get out there, explore new locations, and let your creativity run wild. Summer landscapes offer endless opportunities for stunning images. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to capture breathtaking shots.