Tips for Planning a Landscape Photography Outing

As any photographer knows, good images are often the result of careful planning.
While it’s true that sometimes the best images are indeed spontaneous, planning ahead does have some clear advantages. By planning ahead, you’ll know when to go –and where to go, and what type of gear to bring along; helping to increase your chances of creating some eye-catching images. Additionally, if there’s a particular type of image that you have in mind, planning ahead will give you the best shot at capturing it!

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Capturing Beautiful Golden Hour Photos

Regardless of what type of photographer you are, or how long you’ve been shooting –there’s a good chance that you’ve heard the term “golden hour” before –maybe you’ve even shot during this time of day. In the photography world, golden hour is considered to be one of the best times of day to take photos –whether they’re landscapes, nature shots, macros, or portraits. During golden hour; that time of day just after sunrise and again just before sunset, the sun is much lower in the sky, resulting in softer, gentler lighting.

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Adding More Color to Your Images

When it comes to landscape and nature photography, the right use of color can take a composition from average to spectacular; helping you to bring your images to life! But with landscapes, sometimes it can be difficult to capture images with the colors that we’re looking for. Sure, the world is awash in colors, especially when nature’s concerned, but creating a composition that features the right use of color; that can sometimes be a challenge!

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Mastering Your Off-Camera Flash

When you think of off-camera flash photography, studios and portraiture probably come to mind. But you may be surprised to learn that you can use your flash to shoot nature or landscape photography as well. One of the most common challenges that landscape photographers face is the issue of lighting. When you’re out in nature, you don’t exactly have control over the type of lighting in your images –especially when you find yourself on-location during less-than-optimal lighting situations.

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Capturing Macros in Nature

Macro photography is a fun and unique niche –and it makes a great change of pace from your usual landscape images. With macros, you can gain access to a hidden world of detail; and have the chance to showcase it in all of its beauty! These close-ups are a great chance to capture those small, miniscule gems that would otherwise be overlooked.

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Adding People to Your Landscape Images

Sweeping vistas, beautiful mountains, the endless expanse of the sea…
Landscape photography can be exciting and truly rewarding, but every so often you may find that you need some additional elements to take your images up to a notch! People, believe it or not, can be the perfect addition to your landscape photographs.

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Working With Full Sun

While the harsh, midday sun is something that most photographers run from like the plague, the truth is, you don’t have to pack up and call it a day when the sun comes out! As much as shooting with full sun seems to go against your better judgment, there are plenty of ways to work around the challenges in order to create some amazing images.

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Photographing the Moon

The moon is perhaps one of the most photographed subjects there is, but if you’ve ever tried your hand at moon photography, then you know that capturing the moon isn’t as easy as it might seem. You don’t have to wait until the next blue moon or eclipse to get some great moon shots, there are plenty of opportunities to capture the moon on ordinary nights; regardless of how full, how bright, or how blue the moon may be.

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Night Photography: Landscapes

After the sun goes down, most photographers pack up their gear and head for home. But after sunset, there’s a whole new world of photo opportunities that open up –for those who are brave enough to try. While learning to shoot at night can be a challenge, it’s an excellent way to take your landscape photography up a notch. Once you’ve mastered the art of after-dark photography, you’ll be able to capture those beautiful yet elusive images that most can only dream about.

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Tips for Using Polarizers Effectively

Chances are you’ve seen those amazing images before. Deep blue skies, with soft white clouds that seem to pop out from the background. Or images featuring beautifully saturated colors, especially those taken just after the rain. There’s a good chance that those images were taken while using a polarizing filter!

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