A Few Practical Tips...

for landscape photography.


There are hundreds of landscape photographers out there who will all give you lists of tips and tricks for what works for them, and they are all completely valid. Have a look on Youtube and you'll find hundreds more. (I follow a guy called Thomas Heaton who I think is brilliant and I highly recommend you give him a look).

But, this post is all about a few tips that I have picked up and use in my photography.

London Skyline along the Thames

Tip 1 - Get a good sturdy tripod. This is probably the biggest tip i can give you if you are shooting landscapes, especially with long exposures. A good sturdy tripod is the most important thing you can own. It is also a peice of equipment that will stay with you for years. Camera bodies and lenses may come and go, but you will always be able to use that good quality, sturdy tripod on all of them. It's a top top investment.


Tip 2 - A fair bit of my photography takes place on soft ground or sand, so how do I stop that top quality sturdy tripod's legs from sinking? Easy, CD's or Compact Discs. I always carry a few with me and stick one under each leg of the tripod to stop it sinking.


Tip 3 - As well as sinking feet in soft ground, I also have to deal with the wind, which at times can be blowing quite hard. So, you might notice that on your top quality sturdy tripod, if it has a centre column, these usually have a hook on the bootom of them. This is to attach weights which will help to keep your tripod still in the wind. If you don't have weights, let's be honest, who wants to carry weights around, you can find some stones or rocks and put them in a bag, or you can just use your camera bag.

Canal Bridge at Staverton

Tip 4 - Another one for the wind, and I picked this one up from Thomas Heaton, is to remove your camera strap. You don't need it. Your camera will usually be in your bag or on your tripod and you don't really need to have that strap flapping around in the wind.


Tip 5 - Use a remote shutter release. This is particularly for long exposures. Any contact with your camera can create vibration, so keeping you away from the button by using a remote release should stop that. There are a couple of other things you can do to reduce vibration for long exposures and they are, use mirror lockup and turn off any image stabilization that your lens may have.


I hope these tips can be of use to you. If you like them and want to keep updated then please subscribe to my newsletter.



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