How famous landscape photographers make money from photography: 10-13
10 Use a remote
I usually shoot landscapes using the camera’s mirror lock-up function coupled with the self-timer to minimise the chance of vibration ruining the shot.
This is fine when timing isn’t crucial as it can be difficult to set the self-timer off at the correct moment. When timing is critical, such as catching waves flowing over rocks at a particular point, it’s easier to use a remote release instead of the self-timer.
When I’m preparing for a shot the first press of the remote release will lock the mirror up to reduce any camera shake then the second will release the shutter to make the exposure at the exact time I choose.
Remember not to yank on the cable, though, as this can move the camera if there’s isn’t any slack.
11 Develop a ‘system’
I always shoot with the camera in Manual so that I can tweak the settings as I see fit. In order to maximise depth of field I’ll focus a third of the way into the scene and set an aperture of f/16.
I prefer not to use f/22 as lenses may not be as sharp at the extremes of their ranges.
Having dialled in a shutter speed as recommended by the camera’s metering system I’ll take a shot before checking the histogram.
If I feel the exposure needs tweaking I’ll then change the shutter speed until I have a histogram that I’m happy with. Remember to keep checking this though as the light levels change.
12 Know the tide times
Before heading to the coast, I always take a print out of the tide times. It’s important to know when the tide is going out as it’s safer to work at the water line when the it’s receding as you won’t get cut off.
13 Include people in the shot
As a general rule I prefer not to have people in my photographs – I think that landscape images look more impressive when they show what Mother Nature can achieve rather than the hand of man.
However, it’s easier for viewers to imagine being at a place if they can see someone else there, and it can help add a sense of scale as well.
Images showing people enjoying the view of a certain location or enjoying themselves there are wanted by council tourism departments and local interest magazines among others.
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