I look forward to expanding on each tip at a later date in further posts on Shotkit. If you’re interested in learning a little more about my work and the gear that I use, make sure you check out my Shotkit feature which is coming soon.
So without further ado, here are my top 10 tips for landscape photography:
1. Shoot with a ‘Normal Lens’ before going Wide
Training your eye is essential to be able to judge if a composition works for a given scene. Getting used to landscape photography framing means that you should start with a ‘normal lens’ before reaching for the wide-angle.
A lens like the “nifty fifty” from Canon (Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM) or the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G first confine you to the 50mm focal length. This much is obvious. These lenses frame the landscape in a way that resembles the apparent “zoom” of the human eye, which really helps with scouting compositions on those days when you’re not shooting.
A normal lens is also much more prone to the effects of depth-of-field than a wide-angle lens. That means that un-sharp areas in your photos are exaggerated, teaching you tricks like focusing a third into the frame and the hyper-focal distance more effectively.