The Art of Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­phy

Camera - - ON TRIAL - Spon­sored by Canon Pho­tog­ra­phy by Neal Walters

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.


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.


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!).


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.


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!


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 at­lec­tive

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

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