3 Top tips for great landscape photos from a pro

_MG_3895Three top tips for landscapes

1 – Record the quality and direction of the lighting not the subject – be patient and persistent. Understand what is it that attracts you to record and present the subject matter to a viewer. It’s said that amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about the fee, and masters consider the light.

2 – Create the impression of depth with the foreground in focus and the background out of focus by using a wide aperture. The picture above was taken at f4.0.

3 – Use a wide-angle lens – get in close to the foreground subject – fill the frame. This shot was taken at 24mm on a 24-105mm lens.

A successful landscape photo is a real delight for the photographer and viewer alike. The landscape genre is one of the most difficult to master as it requires the cooperation of the local climate and weather. Planning to be in the right place at the right time is a key consideration here for the landscape photographer.

This shot was taken on a Pixels to Print workshop recci down at Portland Bill in Dorset about a month ago. The first day of the workshop is taking pictures in a location near the camera club. This was taken on the Friday afternoon in reasonable light. When the Workshop participants turned up on the Saturday at the Bill it was drizzling and windy. But we ventured out regardless.

On my workshops there is no such thing as the wrong weather or light, only a poor attitude and inappropriate clothing!

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014



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