Why You Need To Get Up Very Early in the Morning for Landscape Photography

golden hourIn Landscape Photography, the beauty of our surroundings is being captured in photos. We see high-rise mountains, rolling hills, flowing waterfalls and even skyscrapers. Our nature’s beauty gives us a calm and soothing feeling and this is one of the reasons why professional photographers choose to specialize in Landscape photography.

These landscape photographers apply different techniques in capturing awesome photos. They also look for ways to get the best shots with the right timing just like in newborn photography pittsburgh. One of the popular ways that landscape photographers follow to get stunning photos is “shooting in the golden hour”.

In photography, golden hour refers to the first hour when the sun rises and the hour before the sun sets. Most landscape photographers use the “golden hour” technique particularly shooting right when the sun just came out for many reasons.  Some of these are the following:

  1. Sun is not too harsh in the first hour.
  2. No to less shadows will be captured in the picture
  3. Soft light is produced during this period of time.

Some photographers also shoot in the golden hour because of the “golden glow” that you can see during sunrise. This golden glow will look spectacular in landscape photos.

Amateur photographers who are looking forward to mastering landscape photography will need to wake up early in the morning. If possible, they have to adjust their body clock and get used to waking up earlier than the usual. This won’t be a problem especially if you are really determined in becoming a successful landscape photographer.

In Landscape photography, the need to travel is common. You cannot get wonderful views of nature if you just stay within the city. You need to travel and look for locations that are best for landscape photography.

Here are some tips for those helpful tips for those who are new to landscape photography:

  1. Scout the location

It is best to visit your desired location a day or two before the actual shoot. Think of the best spots to position yourself, your camera along with your tripod in the area. If the location is far from where you live, you should go to the place the day before the shoot so that when you wake up early the following day, you are already there and you will not miss the golden hour.

  1. Check the weather as well as the sunrise schedule

The time the sun rises differ by country, location or area. It is best to gather information on the expected weather as well as sunrise time before the scheduled photo shoot. It is difficult to shoot outdoors and plenty of hazards can be experienced so it best to be prepared for the worst to come. This doesn’t only apply in Landscape photography but also in wedding, newborn photography and others.

  1. Bring a tripod and wide angle lens

Wide angle lens is among the preferred lenses by professional landscape photographers. A wide angle lens can cover a wide space and by pairing it with a tripod you can get more awesome landscape images. A tripod can help avoid camera shakes by providing stability to your camera. Camera shake can affect the clarity or sharpness of your image so a tripod is definitely essential in Landscape Photography.

In all types of photography, light is of utmost importance and the golden hour can absolutely help a landscape photographer get his desired striking shots of nature.

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Why you should always use a lens hood on your camera?

What does a lens hood do and why should you always have it on your camera? This is a question I am often asked – and it can seem so trivial a question, but it can make the difference between your lens acting like a cheap kit lens, or an expensive prime!

Okay let’s start with the basics – The lens hood is a piece of equipment that attaches onto the front of the camera. It is a large piece of plastic that extends beyond the front. What does it do? The lens hood blocks out light and reduces flare. You might tell yourself that you don’t need a lens hood because you are excellent at controlling the light when you’re snapping pictures, and you might be right. However, the lens hood does provide protection from the lens flares that you can’t see. It saves you the disappointment of developing ruined pictures.

The humble lens hood - a must-have on your camera at all timesThe hood also protects the lens which is always a good thing. Most photographers have probably managed to scratch or break their camera lens at some point, so the protection provided by the lens hood is very beneficial. Even if you’re super careful with your camera the elements can still do quite a work on you lens. Snow, rain, or wind can all damage your camera, and the protection of a lens hood is quite nice in those situations.

Lens hoods can look kind of funny since they come in multiple shapes. The reason for these odd shapes is to allow the hood to extend out as far as possible without actually getting in the way. Certainly everyone has taken a picture that would’ve been just perfect if only your dumb friend hadn’t covered part of the lens. It would be awfully lame if the lens hood got in the way of your photos, so that’s why the shapes can be kind of strange looking.

So should I use a lens hood?

That depends a lot on what you’re doing to be honest. In most cases the answer would be yes. The lens hood almost always brings more benefits to the table than problems. The only times you may want to consider running without one is if you have a super fancy camera with a very special lens. Some lenses have built in mechanisms that reduce the flare that the lens hood would normally take care of, like plastic that extends outwards beyond the actual lens. Then again, the protection provided by the lens hood is still an added plus to consider.

Some might feel like the lens hood gets in the way when shooting macro. This is a rare occurrence though, but the lens hood might make it difficult to zoom in and get really close to small subjects. Most exceptions that would require you to remove the lens hood can be worked around though.

So to sum it all up: It is almost always better to have a lens hood for a couple of reasons. It blocks the lens flare and protects your camera lens. They are not very expensive and you could probably pick one up online for less than $50 dollars. That is if you are unlucky and your camera doesn’t come with a hood already. The lens hood is definitely a must have for any photographer.

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My Camera – the Nikon D800E – the best camera I have ever owned

I thought I would start off the blog with a quick post detailing the camera I use – a Nikon D800E

The D800 series was introduced a couple of years ago and the “E” version was a special version with the anti-aliasing filter removed to ensure you have the sharpest images possible – perfect for landscape photography.

Nikon D800EThe camera also features a resolution on 36MP – this is basically Medium Format resolution – again perfect for landscape photography.

The camera is pitched in the “Pro” range of Nikon’s cameras, so everything is properly sealed from dust and rain – again perfect for landscape photography.

So you can understand why I have one – it’s the best camera I have ever owned and I’ve owned LOTS.

Here’s a link to the full specification and a video providing a much fuller review of the camera than I could possibly provide from those wonderful people at Luminous Landscape https://luminous-landscape.com.

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As a beginner, first thing you must do is to know more about your gear. The better you know about it, the higher the chance you can get in getting the best shots. This is the most common mistake that almost everyone makes, they assume they know their gear or camera because they have read the specs about it. But getting your hands dirty is the best way to know your gear more.

Second is the the tripod. A professional photographer always brings one with him. This is perfect to get the best still shots, long exposure, focusing and even giving you support when taking the shot of a life time. You need to find the perfect one for you. The kind that is easy to clean, can be dismantled, portable, lightweight and most of all, can be able to support heavy lenses that your camera uses.

One thing is to know what you need to take. It is unnecessary for you to go out there and take pictures when what you really want to take it a sunny day, and your taking pictures on a rainy day. And hey, your camera is in danger of soaking up water. You need to gear up with protective coats against rain and harsh conditions that may affect your device. For more info, you can watch the video below.

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