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Landscape photography is one of the most widely practiced forms, probably by forcing you to go out after long days between four walls.

To enjoy this modality, you must be passionate about nature because you will spend long periods walking or travelling loaded with your camera equipment and maybe a heavy tripod.

I have prepared this post with some advice because since you suffer carrying all the photographic material, I want you to come home with the landscape photography you were looking.

Use a tripod to capture your landscape photos:

You may think that on a sunny day with lots of light you won't need it, but I'm sorry to tell you that you are partly wrong. A good tripod for your camera is essential in many situations, for several reasons.

You do not know what you will find, there may be a spectacular waterfall or a stream to include in your picture with silk effect (long exposures). Without the tripod, you just can't take these shots.

The weather conditions may vary, or a cloud will alter all the lighting in seconds. So you will be obliged to raise the ISO or shoot with slower shutter speeds risking taking photos moved and loss of sharpness.

You could replace the tripod with a monopod, it is much less cumbersome and will save you in low light situations, even some have small legs to place it upright and leave the camera set on it.

Add filters to your nature photography:

The use of filters is almost obligatory in landscape photography, it is true that to start you it is not necessary since it is an essential disbursement of money, but over time your photos will inevitably begin to ask for them.

Add a protagonist to your landscape and nature photographs:

Find some rock, tree, person, whatever you can think of and place it on the first line of the scene. The composition will gain more strength if you make it sense. For this, I recommend you learn to guide your eyes through a photograph.

The composition is very present in the landscape photos, a dreary scene or the typical tourist photo do not say anything. Think before shooting, look for the best angle, the best time where the shadows take centre stage or the tone of the light change the photo completely.

Knowing how to observe the landscape and compose with the lines and forms that it gives us is something that takes to reach, but once you get it, you will enjoy double writing.

Since there is so much contrast between the mountains and the sky or the trees and the sky, we often overexpose the high lights because we want to save the darkest areas.

Pay attention to your camera's histogram to get an average:

A burned sky, without interest, makes a photograph lose much appeal since it inevitably ends up attracting more attention than the landscape itself.

Try different focal points:

Try not to always shoot at the mm that cover more landscape. Squeeze your zoom and have fun capturing details.

Use longer focal points to extract areas of the landscape that would go unnoticed at a wide-angle.

Photo of a landscape without angular:

Take the opportunity to tell something or give off feelings. De-saturate your images, play with the colour temperature, use long shutter speeds to capture the movement.

An image of cold tones and leaves of moving trees does not give off the same sensation as a blue sky with a beach of crystal clear waters.

Use long exposures to make the grass move by the wind moving in your photos, throw leaves from the ground into the air so that the picture represents autumn as it is, etc.

Level the horizon:

It may seem necessary, but few people pay real attention to this step. A crooked horizon can spoil your photo and even if you can fix it in the edition, you will trim part of the picture that may be valuable. Take care of the shot to the fullest, but if it is necessary to twist the horizon because your composition requires it, you know, go ahead!

Vertical landscape photos:

Your photos do not always have to be horizontal, be creative. Some scenes need to be captured vertically, either because the sky will have more prominence or because the lateral areas are not more relevant.

Get up early to take pictures:

The landscapes change constantly, and the first hours of the day are spectacular. Fog covering the mountains and trees, cold tones, frozen dew on the grass and a burning sun ready to light up your scene, set the alarm clock!

Pay attention to the development:

Enhance colours or try to desaturate them, contrast the image or adjust the lights.

The composition for landscape photos:

Look at the lines and direct them where you want, observe the light and shadows and try to make your picture different. In the article on recommended photography books, you have several to improve your composition.

Landscapes do not necessarily have to be level or follow the rules, but you make sure to do so only when you choose.

For the landscape you need patience:

This type of photography is advantageous, but it is one of the most challenging modalities. Don't despair if the first few times you don't get excellent results. It's complicated, and you have to pay attention to all the details to get great results.

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