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How to Take Landscape Photos

In this article we provide our tips for taking landscape photos. There are many things to consider, however the main things to remember are to keep exploring, and keep experimenting!

The extent to which someone will go to take a good landscape photo varies. Some will travel to the right destination, wait hours in the one spot for the clouds to make just the right formation or the sun to shine at just the right brightness, whilst carrying an array of lenses, filters, a tripod and maybe more than one camera. 

Another keen photographer might just find themselves in the right place at the right time. They’ll pull out their phone and take just one shot that gets printed and displayed in pride of place in their office or home living room, with the photographer always keen to tell the story that surrounds the magical moment.

However, nature presents itself in so many ways that it can take a lifetime trying to master the art of photographing just a waterfall, the night sky or a sunrise or sunset.

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So without getting too technical, here are 8 things to consider when taking landscape photos:

  • Composition – Train your eye to look at the same view but from a different perspective. Is the section of landscape better viewed horizontally, vertically, zoomed in closer or panoramic? Using a phone to capture and play with images will help you gain a better sense of composition.
  • Lenses – Standard, wide-angle, telephoto, macro and other specialty lenses are available – each with different effects. Learn how they vary and which works best for you and your style of landscape photography. There are some fun lenses also available for phones.
  • Depth of Field – A landscape image generally aims to be sharp all over. Be creative and learn to get close to and keep your subject in focus whilst blurring the background and vice versa. 
  • Filters – Photographers may use filters simply to protect their lens.  Filters help to reduce glare and reflections, reduce the amount of light that enters the lens and enhance colours. With practice you can learn the effects the various filters available can have to improve your landscape photos. 
  • Light  – Photographing a sunrise (for example) will present unique challenges, however when it’s well done is awe-inspiring. Look at how clouds affect the way light and shade falls across a landscape to create an extraordinary image.  Learn how to use and capture natural light to add an extra dimension to landscape photography. 
  • Movement – Landscapes never stand still, so learn to capture the movement of water and skies to add drama and mood to images.
  • Tripod – Using a tripod will help to ensure high quality landscapes photos without handshake and with less noise. Stitching files together will also be easier when a tripod is used. A tripod also holds the camera allowing the photographer to be much more hands-free, so they can take their time setting up the shot.
  • Experiment and keep learning!

Print 2 Metal has had the opportunity to print award-winning land and seascape images (mainly of the Mornington Peninsula) for photographer Murray Thompson. Murray is passionate about the beauty of the coastline, and it’s varying weather and extremes. He uses Canon professional cameras, high quality German lenses and filters to bring fine detail to his large panoramic images. His choice to print to high grade metal gives a stunning appeal to his large pictures, and a clean edge for a modern look.

Find out more about how we work with photographers, or get in touch to find out other ways we can help bring your landscape photographs to life.

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7 Tips for taking the best family photos

Nothing beats keeping your camera with you at all times to be sure of capturing those special family moments. Of course these days even your humble smartphone you can take amazing images quickly.

The kids may complain at the time, but it is in the years to come that those candid images will really be most valued. 

Capturing the fun and spontaneous happenings today may at times be a drag, but get that one amazing image and you’ll be so pleased you made the extra effort.

Here are some tips and ideas to help you get the best out of every photo opportunity and create lasting memories you will love.

#1      Make it fun. Give the kids space to just run around and be themselves and shoot them naturally having fun. Have some props such as toys, books or balloons to help centre their focus. Shoot what happens there and then and don’t force anything.

#2      Get the light right. Morning or afternoon, rather than midday is when the light is evener. Photographing indoors near a window can throw perfect light onto faces. When outdoors be sure it’s overcast and there are no shadows across faces.

#3      Time of day. Pick a time when you know your kids are full of energy. Let the kids take a break whenever it’s not quite flowing so it doesn’t become a chore.

#4      Poses. Have some ideas in mind and try out those that you think will make your kids smile. 

#5      Combinations. Start by photographing everyone and then have an idea of other groupings you may want to shoot. If you’re a Mum shooting the family, pull Dad out of the picture first and continue to photograph the kids so as to move them around as little as possible.

#6   Legacy Shot. A snapshot that shows how tall each of the children are at a point in time against each other and Mum & Dad can be imaginatively captured. Have some fun with it.

#7  Composition. Watch backgrounds, don’t hesitate to crouch down to shoot at the same eye level as the kids, follow or don’t follow the rule of thirds and most of all have fun.

Of course, when you have gone to all of this trouble you’ll be wanting to make sure they’re presented beautifully as well. Why not check out our printing and framing options so you can keep your memories looking fabulous forever.

Oh, and you don’t have to just print them on plain photographic paper. There is now an enormous range of papers, fabrics and stunning metal onto which you can print some of the best memories of your life. Find out more here.