One thing you must understand as a landscape photographer is that every little details matter a lot and they will contribute to how your images turn out. A simple mistake can ruin your entire photograph. In case of amateur photographers, you may not even realize that you are making these mistakes if there is no one to point them out for you.
If you want to be good in your craft as a photographer, you must understand how to avoid some small mistakes and how to ensure that you take care of every detail when you want to produce awesome photographs. In this article, you will learn how you can improve your work by avoiding some common mistakes.
Below are some common mistakes in landscape photography and how you can avoid them:
1. You Refused to Invest/Use Tripods
It is simply annoying that most amateur landscape photographers don't find it necessary to invest in tripods. The result is always not quite what you have in mind when you don't use tripods. You need stability in order to make your images look sharp and attractive. The best way to ensure you avoid getting blurry images is by using tripods to achieve stability.
Fortunately, you can get cheap tripods. If you have the skills, you can even make one for yourself. Tripods are not expensive except if you want to get the heavy-duty tripods.
2. Boring Skies
Most amateur photographers do not know that they can make their images more interesting by having features such as birds, moving clouds, and other interesting features that can be seen in the sky on their photographs. Without these elements, your photo of empty skies will look boring and uninteresting. Check out the sky photos captured by popular professional photographers, you will see they have something interesting in their sky images.
3. No Focal Point
Your photos need a focal point if you want to make it interesting. No matter how interesting your backgrounds may look, you don't need to have all of them in your photo and you also need to have one focal point. A focal point doesn't necessary have to a person, it can be a boat, a tree or even a moving ocean. One fact you should learn today is that no landscape photograph is complete without a focal point.
4. Inadequate Lighting
Proper lighting is essential for every type of photography. As a landscape photographer, the first thing you should learn is how to have the right type of lighting in your photos. If you use sun as your source of lighting, you will discover that you won't get the type of lighting you need every day. There are days weather will be cloudy or extremely sunny.
You will need to learn how to use your camera in different weather situations in order to get the best lighting. If the sun is out and too much, take advantage of the shadows offered by the sun by positioning your camera on the one side of the sun. You can be able to make dramatic silhouettes if the sun is in the front of your lens.
If you are lucky to get a white sky and no sun, you can use soft lightings conditions to make close-ups.
5. Cluttered Backgrounds
I talked about not having a focal point in one of the points above. You should also ensure that you have a nice even and well-arranged background when you choose your focal point. Avoid focusing too much on the subject and giving less attention to the background; both of them are equally important. Ensure that your background elements add to the composition otherwise you can remove them if possible.
6. Rushing a Shoot
There is nothing like a "quick shoot" in landscape photography. If you want to be great at landscape photography, you must be patient and learn how to spend plenty time at your location waiting for the right situation to take your photos. You will do a bad job anytime you rush through your shoots. Be prepared to stay at least one hour in your location and don't bring something that will distract you such as an unwilling partner.
7. Only Shooting Wide
Most photographers think that when it comes to landscape photography, you just have to use your widest lens to capture as much of the scene as you can. While capturing wide is good, you should learn it is not always the best to capture everything. You need to learn how to select the right elements and incorporate them into your the shot in order to produce interesting landscape images.
In most cases, trying to capture too much of scene will detract you from achieving what you set your mind on. Don't be afraid of using zoom in, this can help you flatten out the depth and bring all the elements closer together in your photo. This effect can be absolutely pleasant.