My Top Tip for Balancing Exposure in Landscape Photos

Landscape photography can be a tricky skill to master. It’s not just about composing your shot properly and making sure that your subject is not overpowered by anything else but also about balancing the exposure. This can be problematic especially when you are dealing with direct or very uneven sunlight, but I have a tip that can help you take better shots in these situations.

Get Started With HDR Photography

An image that has a high dynamic range is an image where the details in both the highlights and shadows are well exposed. These HDR photos can be made very easily if you are willing to follow a few simple steps.

First of all, just take the same picture at least three times (two photos also work but three are better) with different exposure settings. One exposure should be set for the highlights, one for the shadows, and one of the mid-tones of your scene. Some cameras let you do this automatically, but doing so manually doesn’t take a lot of time either.

Next, what you need is a well-rated HDR editor to help merge all three photos into one. Once you do this, you’ll see how beautifully exposed your photo comes out to be. You can then alter the settings within your editor to expose certain parts of the image more or less according to your preference.

So in a few simple steps, you will now be able to take some very nice looking photos of landscapes without worrying about blowing up the sky or missing the detail in the shadows.

 

My Top Tips for Turning Landscapes into Fine Art

Landscape photography, it seems, is one of the most popular kinds of photography there are. Professional and amateur photographers alike spend days trying to capture the perfect image of a scenery. Turning fine art landscape photos is no easy task, however, and you should be willing to spend time and practice patience if you want to succeed with this task.

If you are ready to go out and create some art with your camera, here are my top tips to help you do so:

• Light is the Biggest Factor

While light plays an important role in every type of photography, it is simply vital for landscapes. Light not only brings an image to life but it also evokes the viewers’ emotions. Good light is essential to create a depth in your landscape images, which is crucial in converting a mundane landscape photo into a piece of art.

It’s important to check the weather before heading out to a location and to check the direction of the sun. This will help you a great deal in creating the kind of image you want without taking up too much of your time.

• Patience is Key

You cannot be a fine art landscape photographer if you are not patient. You should know before stepping into this world that you will probably have to take multiple trips to the same location before returning home with an interesting image. You will have to skip meals, stay out under the sun, and wait for that perfect moment when you can capture the image you see in your mind. And once you do, it’ll be the greatest feeling you can get as a photographer if you ask me.

• Post Processing is Essential

While I do believe to a great extent that images should not be processed too much after they are taken, this does not stand true for fine art photography. Your images simply have to be different than the rest of the million photos out there, and editing becomes essential for that. Always shoot in RAW so you can tweak the images to your liking later on.

Another reason why post processing becomes very important is HDR photography. You can create fine art photos easily with HDR photography. Use a well-reputed HDR editing software for merging your brackets into an HDR file, and you’ll see how a landscape can be transformed in just a few steps.

• Just Go Out and Shoot

When people hear the words ‘Fine Art’, they start overthinking as to what it means for a photograph to be a piece of art. The truth is that this doesn’t matter. A piece of art is something very personal to the artist, in this case you. It must have an impact on the viewers and bring up some sort of emotion inside them. If your photos do that, then you’re good to go. Don’t worry about the label or the complexities of what makes a photo fine art. Rather, just go out and take the images you love with the motivation of creating something that simply stands out.

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