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.


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