Taking awesome landscape shots during summer does not seem like a very difficult task and for the average random photograph a landscape shot is just a shot in which you captured the most of the view in a single camera glance. What if you will find out there something more than that and you will have the chance to make summer landscape photography an art ?
When taking landscape photography if you choose the basic option of using a tripod the aperture will have the priority and the image will be sharp from the front to the back. To make the best of what aperture has to offer when shooting landscape focus the image beyond the ground point you choose to be in the center of the picture. The depth-of-field option combined with ISO 100 will help the shutter speed to be under 0,15 seconds.
The Right Choice of Subject
Choosing the right subject allows you to get the best pictures. A landscape is all about capturing the peaceful sensation of the nature mixed with the greatness of the immense sky or water all wrapped up into sheer beauty. When looking to capture these aspects consider that you can achieve it by shooting a multitude of elements that generate an ensemble. Remember that in landscape you don’t need only spectacular scenery to get amazing shots. It’s all about your vision to make the right choice of elements.
The Right Light
When shooting landscape, the right light is something all good photographers consider carefully. The best solution is to shoot the same scenery in different moments of the day. A blood red sunset is not always the best solution and sometimes when shooting a plane surface, the soft glim of the morning can have a better effect. Landscape can be shot after sunset too because some scenes look more interesting under a crepuscular light.
Static vs. Dynamic Compositions
When choosing where to take your landscape shots you should keep in mind that what you need is a different vision regarding composition. A static composition is based on layering fields and the effect is given by the gradient change of color. In the case of dynamic shots the focus goes to the movement blur and contrast both responsible for the dramatic effect.
Last thing to keep in mind when doing landscape photography is of course flexibility. Great scenery may present itself when driving on the road. Also the perfect light may appear when you are not carrying your camera. Skip the drama and go with the flow because shooting landscapes is more than just seizing a moment.