The Art of Landscape Photography
The art of landscape photography isn’t always about the best location with the perfect settings; it’s about capturing a moment and making it memorable. If you can do this you’ll be able to share with the viewer an image that is not only print worthy but one that sparks emotion. My name is Neal Walters, Melbourne based photographer/ videographer and ambassador with the Canon Collective. Hosting around six photographic workshops weekly for the Canon Collective community there’s always a variety of events going on, including landscape photography, so I’ve put together a few tips to help you create a beautiful landscape image.
1. TAKE YOUR TIME
There should never be any rush with your photos; take your time - the landscape isn’t going anywhere! If the light isn’t perfect or the shadows don’t fall exactly where you want them to, then be patient and make sure your shot counts. Experiment with ND filters too, creating a long exposure with your landscape will bring out those dynamic tones and capture movement in a perfect way.
2. USE WATER
Water can be your best friend. It can serve as the perfect location mirror helping you create a photo that will have people looking twice and really wanting to know more about your photograph. There are many different ways to capture water, try adjusting your shutter speed for different results. If you want sharp detail in the water, make sure to increase your shutter speed to at least 1/250sec, this will start to make the water look like it’s frozen in time. The higher your shutter speed from here, the better. If you want that cloudy silky water movement, then make sure to drop your shutter speed to as low as you can go e.g. 1/2 sec – 25” sec (this is where those filters will really help you out!).
3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Do your homework on a location. Sure, sometimes you might get lucky and hit the perfect spot on your trip, but nine times out of ten times that won’t be the case. So hit multiple locations, at different times of the day and do your research. Try asking around to find out what spots other photographers have found. Once you have found that ideal spot, look for different points of view whether that’s right down low or above eye level. Whenever I shoot, I’m always looking for that extra point of difference – give it a go.
4. FIND THE RIGHT LIGHT
Let’s talk about timing. Golden Hour - both sunrise and sunset are the absolute key times for the best lighting, especially in winter. It will provide you with a nice warm tone and gives a diffused light as a result of the low nature of the sun. Trust me, it’s worth getting up early for!
5. SIMPLICITY IS KEY
Distractions. A big mistake landscape photographers often make is having a cluttered image, what you don’t include in your photograph can be equally as important as to what you do include! Look to eliminate anything in your photograph that doesn’t add to the composition or is distracting. Negative space can also be your friend, look above and below your focus point as this can really make you’re your subject stand out even more. 18-21 October 2018 we are taking the Canon Collective Festival to Tasmania, where we will be exploring some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes alongside many other awesome experiences. Come along and join us - get your tickets at www.canon.com.au/collective
Byron Bay by the Air - 1/250sec - f8 - 200 ISO
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania - 1/250sec - f8 - ISO 125
Mt Wellington Sunrise, Hobart - 1/25sec - f16 - 100 ISO