Do you love to take picture outdoors? Do you always want to capture nature at its finest? Well, landscape photography might suit you. Capturing nature is really fun and exciting. You get to admire the wonderful landforms around you and preserve this fantastic scene through your photographs.
In Landscape Photography, the main subject is the nature or scenery. The photographer aims to capture the beauty of a landform or scene in a place where not everyone see. For landscape photographs, it is best to choose the right camera, lenses and be equipped with the right gadgets and stuff.
If you are a beginner in landscape photography, you should get tips and suggestions first from professional landscape photographers so you will know what type of camera to buy, what lenses to bring along and what other things you need to place in your bag.
Reading online articles or talking to an expert in landscape photography is a good start in learning landscape photography. To help you even more, here’s a list of photography equipment that you should consider getting.
Of course we start off with choosing the right camera for your landscape photography. Choosing what type or brand of camera to purchase is quite difficult. You need to consider its capabilities as well as its weight. Most of the time you will go to high places and it will be difficult to move with a heavy baggage.
For the camera type, you may choose between film camera and digital camera. Nowadays, digital camera is more preferred by photographers because of its portability. Digital cameras are more expensive than film camera but it has great resolution. Film camera, on the other hand, is usually heavy but it is great with large formats.
If you decide to get a digital camera, you need to choose between crop frame sensor DLSR and full frame DLSR. For landscape photography, the better choice is full frame because it gives you cleaner and sharper images. It also has good ISO performance compared to crop frame. You may consider buying Canon 5D or Nikon D700. You should also check out Mamiya and Hasselblad.
A tripod is essential in landscape photography because it can provide you stability when taking pictures. Remember that landforms are not always straight and having a steady shot can be difficult. Tripod can really come in handy in getting the shots you want. You can also buy a tripod head to go with your tripod.
Filters are important in landscape photography. You should have at least 3 filters. Best choice is Graduated Neutral Density Filter. It can help you adjust when taking pictures of sunrise and sunset. If the lighting is great and you are somehow tight in budget, then you don’t need to have ND grads.
4. Camera lens
When choosing camera lenses, the most important factors to consider are image quality, weight and width.
Check out online review on which brand gives you the best image quality at the cost you are able to pay for. There are several photographers who love the Canon pro-grade lenses. The lenses are quite expensive but they sure do give you great images. There are also brands that are more affordable so make sure to do a research before you purchase.
When it comes to the width, it is best to choose wide-angle lenses because they can capture a wider scene. Make sure to choose your focal point and from there capture the whole scene.
5. Batteries, remote shutter release, memory cards, mobile phone
Bring along full-charged batteries and memory cards. If you can afford a remote shutter release then that can help avoid camera shakes. Your mobile phone can also come in handy in case you have problem with your camera while doing the landscape photography shoot.
6. The most important thing you should bring along – Inpiration
Okay I cheated – it’s not a bit of photography kit – but it is something you should bring along with you every time you go out to photograph something – look at the owkr of other great photographers for inspiration – not just the great landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, but even your local professional photographers – photographers like Hampshire wedding photographer Mia Photography – her work is amazing. Study your local Pro’s go speak to them, seek their advice and be inspired by them.
A complete photography equipment can help get started in landscape photography but keep in mind though that you don’t need to buy expensive equipment to capture spectacular images. You need to have an “eye for beauty”, technique as well as skill. You can achieve this skill through practice, experience and determination.