Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners

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Landscape Photography Tips – In this section of Nature Photography Tips, Meta Explains Her Landscape Photography Tips For Beginners.

Landscape Photography Lenses – Wide Angle Zoom Lenses will capture more of the Landscape in your Photography. Meta finds her Minolta AF Zoom 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5 is her Best Lens for Landscape Photograpy, due to its Wide Angle 28mm and Long Zoom Range up to 135mm. This lens also does limited Close-Up Photography at 25cm MFD.

HDR Photography Tips –Meta’s Shoots all of her Landscape Photography with 5 Bracketed Shots for Future HDR Post Production.

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HDR Photography Using Exposure Bracketing
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Learn How To Shoot The Best Landscape Photography – Living right off the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park high up in the Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, Meta enjoys shooting Landscape Photography, Waterfall Photography and Macro Photography, which often involves Hiking on the Remote Hiking Trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Which Lens To Use For Landscape Photography – Meta has many Inexpensive Vintage Minolta AF Lenses to choose from. Wide Angle Lenses (16–24mm) will capture more of the Landscape than a Telephoto Zoom Lens (70–200mm). Some of Meta’s favorite Landscape Photography Lenses are her Minolta AF Zoom 24–50mm f/4.0, which is very compact and lightweight for hiking. For more zoom range, Meta uses her Minolta AF Zoom 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5, which also has a Macro Mode for Close-Up Photography.

If you prefer using a Faster Prime Lens for Landscape Photography, the Minolta AF 20mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens and the Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens are both very good choices. On a Waterfall Hiking Trip to Helen, Georgia, Meta brought along her 24mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lenses, but ended using her 24mm f/2.8, because the 50mm f/1.4 was way too close to the action, when mounted on a Cropped Sensor Digital Camera (75mm Equivalent).

Meta’s Landscape Photography Tips

• Compose Your Photo focused on a Main Subject.
• Use Leading Lines to Draw Your Audience into the Photograph.
• Compose using the Rule of Thirds or the Fibonacci Spiral.
• Have a Foreground, Subject and Background – This Helps Tell Your Story Better.
• Take Time To Compose Your Photos – Watch for Distractions around the Edges, like branches or leaves.
• Shoot in RAW with Exposure Brackets which can later be used for HDR Photography.
• Don’t always shoot at Eye Level – Try getting Lower or Higher.
• Shoot both Horizontal and Vertical Positions.
• Avoid Shooting midday between 10 AM and 2 PM.
• Take Advantage of the Blue Hour and the Golden Hour.
• Watch Your Histogram and Light Meter – Under Expose if Necessary.
• Avoid Clipping the Whites, which are impossible to recover.
• Keep It Simple – Take Only the Gear you Need – Not Everything You Own.
• Turn Off Image Stabilization when Shooting on a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod.
• Shutter Speed – Use a Sturdy Tripod to Slow Down Your Shutter Speed.
• Aperture: Use f/11 to f/16 to get Everything in Focus.
• White Balance – Auto White Balance.
• Manual Mode – Lets You Control Aperture and Shutter Speed.
• IDO: Use Native ISO 100 to avoid added Sensor Noise. Only increase the ISO as a Last Resort.
• Use Wide Angle Prime Lenses and Zoom Lenses for Different Background Compression Effects.
• Filter –Circular Polarizer Filter Slightly Under Exposes and Cuts Glare.

Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersWide Angle Zoom Lenses vs. Wide Angle Prime Lenses – A Wide Angle Zoom Lens (28–135mm) will make the background appear closer than it actually is, when compared to using a Wide Angle Prime Lens (20mm or 24mm). Experiment with both types of Wide Angle Lenses to achieve different effects in your Landscape Photography.

Meta’s Recommended Landscape Photography Camera Settings

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lenses: Minolta AF 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5 Zoom Lens / Minolta AF 20mm f/2.8 Prime Lens
Tripod: Slik Pro 700DX Tripod with a Sony Wireless Remote Control
Camera Mode: Manual Mode
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/11 to f/16 to Capture Everything in Focus.
Focus: Manual Focus to Infinity
Image Stabilization – Turn Off when on the Slik Pro 700DX Tripod
Filter: Circular Polarizer Filter and/or Red Enhancer Filter
Shutter Speed: Shoot Bracketed Mode 5 Shots, 1EV apart

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Meta’s Best Cold Weather Nature Photography Tips – Winter Landscape Photography Tips

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Winter Photography Tips – Shooting Snow Landscape Photography Tips

Living high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina allows for ample Winter Landscape Photography, but shooting in very cold weather and snow can be a bit challenging. Here are some of Meta’s Winter Photography Cold Weather Tips...

• Keep Your Camera Batteries Warm – Most Camera Batteries contain water and will freeze below 32°F. Camera Batteries also don’t last as long with they are cold, so pack extra Camera Batteries. Store your spare Camera Batteries close to your body or wrap them in HotHands.

• Overexposure Your Shots for Pure White Snow – Cameras can get confused by the brightness and whiteness of pure white snow, often displaying grey on your histogram. Use your histogram to overexpose your shots by one to two stops, so that you’ll have a wide enough range in your histogram to edit in post production, without losing any information or color.

• Keep your Camera Protected from the Elements – Cameras, Lenses and Filters can quickly accumulate dew and condensation in colder weather. For very cold weather photography, Meta uses a 4W Dew Remover Heated Lens Wrap. Meta also stores her Cameras in a large protective zip-lock bag, with a couple of Silica Gel Packs, to help absorb any moisture. Allow your Camera warm up to room temperature before removing it from the protective bag.

• Use a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod – Shooting Long Exposures with a ND Filter and bracketed shots can help blur out any falling snow.



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Meta’s Best Landscape Photography Tips – Going Off Roading

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Off Road Landscape Photography Tips – You Still Have To Get There!

Landscape Photography isn’t always a “Ride in the Park” – You still have to get out there, which might involve driving on Mud, Rock, Ice and Snow covered back roads. Having lived year-round in the Remote Blue Ridge Mountains since 1998, Meta’s AWD Toyota RAV4’s are equipped with Severe Snow Rated Falken Wildpeak AT Trail Tires for extreme travel in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina – In all Four Seasons.

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