When you talk of one of the most popular genres of photography, you talk about landscape photography. A lot of amateur photographers started their hobbies with landscape photography but the problem is that most of them never really graduated to what you will confidently call professional landscape photographer.
The truth is that there is a lot to landscape photography than just going out somewhere beautiful, putting your expensive camera in your face and hitting the shutter button.
You need to learn how it is done properly. Don't be afraid to learn, most professional photographers started out this way but they never stopped learning. Your aim is to ensure that your next photograph is better than your last. You shouldn't be judging your images based on your own opinions, find an expert, a professional to help you analyze each landscape photograph you take.
Alright, let get into it. Pay serious attention to the following paragraphs, you will learn some tips that will make you a better landscape photographer:
1. Learn How to Work Your Camera
One thing I discovered among many amateur photographers is that a lot of them are scared to apply different settings. In fact, many bloggers into landscape photography simply use full automatic mode for all their images. Trust me; this will never get you anywhere. If you want to improve, it's time you learned how to use aperture priority mode and work from there. Don't get stuck on auto mode because you are too scared. Learn to do the settings you want and you will grow from there.
2. Master Shooting in RAW format
I tell my readers this all the time; learn how to shoot in RAW format so you can edit the images as you want. If you are not familiar with the RAW format yet, simply put your camera on RAW+JPEG. The Shooting of landscape photograph involves shooting sunsets and sunrises where you will encounter contrast between dark and light, you can edit these as you want when you shoot in RAW format.
3. Get Yourself A Good Tripod
Along with quality DSLR camera, the best gift you can give yourself this year is a tripod. The Tripod helps you achieve more stabilization.
4. Master the Best Time of the Day to Shoot
This is usually the tough one for many beginners. Some landscape photographs will require you get up early in the morning or work late nights. You should know the best time of the day to capture your shots. Note that this can be affected by weather. For instance, during the winter, the sun is never too high in the sky and the shadows are soft, you can shot during any time of the day unlike summer where the light is harsh, the shadows too sharp and colors in the shots look bleached.
Plan for the best time of the day to take your shot, some photographer like early morning when there are not too many people around and the sun is not too bright. You may as well choose sunset, either, learn to choose the time of the day that works best for you and the scene you want to capture.
5. Study Other Photographers' Work
One of the best ways you can be great like others is studying what they do. You can learn a lot by looking at other people's work. There are blogs where photographers post their landscape photographs with details of how they capture the scene. Read their blogs, ask questions if you have doubt and learn from their work and experience.
6. Don't be Obsessed with the Equipment
You know, if you are not getting good landscape photographs, it is really NOT because you don't have the right equipment. You don't need anything special to photograph landscapes. If you have a camera with a decent lens, you are good to go. You can as well use compact camera or DSLR, it depends on which one you can be able to afford.
7. Learn the Difference Between Quantity and Quality
Don't be too quick to fill your camera memory card with photographs. It really does not make any sense if you take 50 shots and 47 of them are no good. Settle down and master the camera setting, pick a good location, learn the best time of the day and then how to edit your images. Trust me, 5 good landscape photographs are better than 30 bad ones.
You will master it with time. You only need to be committed and do things the right way. Don't take anything for granted. Always strive to improve with your next shots and you can become a better landscape photographer even before you know it.