Shooting landscapes is always a popular choice,
but becomes even more popular through the fall and winter months when
the landscape in many places is constantly evolving. The autumn leaves,
fall blooms, and winter weather can add character that begs to be
photographed. While any amateur can run out and snap a shot of the
landscape, however, it takes some knowledge, skill, effort, and
investment to get shots that are really special.

Camera

 Get the Right Equipment for the Job

A
high quality camera that allows you to control the aperture, shutter
speed, and ISO (the exposure triangle) is a necessity when you know you
will be shooting a lot of landscapes. While most digital cameras will
adjust these settings automatically to try to optimize the exposure, you
will generally find that your best and most creative shots can be
attained by controlling and experimenting with these settings. A digital
camera such as a Nikon D810 can be advantageous because you can see how
the picture will look on the LCD screen as you change settings.

lens

Add a high quality lens such as the Nikon AF-S FX 24-70 f/2.8G ED to your camera and you will be in even better shape. A tripod and perhaps even a camera crane like the Orion or the Orion Jr mkp26ag. can help you  to reduce the shakiness and capture some unique angles that may otherwise have gone unsnapped. Using a camera crane and tripod on the top of a mountain or overlooking a babbling brook with dazzling foliage all around can help you to capture images that the average Smartphone carrier will not be capable of producing

Use Filters to Change the Images

Use Filters to Change the Images

Camera
lens filters can be invaluable in landscape photography. There are many
filters to choose from, depending on whether you want to enhance
colors, reduce the appearance of mist or fog, or even add a little
blurriness to imply motion in the shot. There are haze filters,
polarizing filters, color warming or cooling filters, and close-up
filters that can all help you to control the way that your images
appear. Most are relatively inexpensive and can add serious value to
your shots.

Perfect shot

Be Adventurous with Your Shots

While
you should never put yourself at real risk to get a shot, sometimes the
best pictures require a little effort to get. Hiking up a steep
mountain with a camera crane or lying down on a cold and bristly ground
to capture landscapes may seem extreme, but can yield returns that you
will be proud of. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a
little to get a shot and always make sure that you pack the equipment
that will help you to get your best photographs.

Think Before You Snap

When
your senses are being drawn to all of the colors and movement, it can
be tough to hone in on what will really make a picture pop. Take a few
minutes to look at the scene that you are capturing and figure out what
your eyes are drawn to. Use walls and stones to add a natural frame to
the shot, locate something that will allow size reference, or allow
man-made structures to make their way into some of your nature shots.

By
taking this extra bit of time, you may find that you want to swap out
your lens for a wider or narrower view, add a filter, or simply change
your angle so that your image comes out unique and impressive.

River Shot

Don’t Skimp on the Post-Processing

Using
Photoshop or other software for post-processing can help you to really
enhance your images. You can clarify details, reduce lens flare, and
even change the lighting or colors to illuminate certain aspects of the
photograph. Of course, you can also crop out unwanted parts and remove
blemishes or dust spots if you need to. Post-processing allows you to
take above average landscape photographs and make them truly
extraordinary.

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