This is a first in a series of posts about Landscape photography which we will be bring you over the coming weeks.
First up we look at the Equipment needed to capture stunning landscape images.
Everyone loves a scenic image; we live in an amazing country with some many amazing sights, from the deserts of central Australia to the rain forests and tropical islands of North Queensland, the vast coast lines in Victoria to the Blue Mountains in Sydney and finally the rugged wilderness in Tasmania.
We can take this all in with own eyes when we visit these places but how do we capture it? sure you can snap a photo on your Smart Phone or Tablet but will it truly do it justice? The answer is no.
You really need a camera with a good quality wide lens to really capture everything you are seeing. You also want a high resolution sensor so that when get that shot you really like you can enlarge it, print it and then put it up on your wall for everyone to admire. A mobile phone camera currently just does not have the lens or sensor quality to be able to do this. With most compact camera and SLR camera sensor range averaging 16-18 megapixel this will give you a file with more than enough resolution to print big.
Another important feature to look for in a compact is at least a 28mm lens is a minimum requirement to begin with when shooting Landscapes. If you go wider than that is even better, there are a couple of compacts with 24mm currently so maybe even start there.
Most SLR’s will come with at least an 18mm lens but on an APS-C SLR that is really only a 28mm due to the reduced angle of view relating to the smaller sensor. So you are best to go for a wider lens like a 10-20mm if you are using a APS-C sensor SLR. If you are working with a full frame sensor SLR then something like a 14-24/16-35 is perfect for capturing scenery.
If you are using a Micro Four thirds camera system then you should look at around a 7-10mm lens to be able to get the width you need to full capture the width of the scene.
In order to capture great Landscape photos, now that you have the right camera and lens set up, there are a couple more items you really should have before you head out into the elements.
A good quality sturdy tripod is a must have as you will most likely be working in low light, there is not a lot of light around at dawn and dusk, being a able to set the camera up, be it a compact or SLR, and then not worry about camera shake it fairly important so as to get sharp clear images.
One last item that will make life that little bit easier when photographing landscapes is a remote control. Be it a wireless or wired remote it really doesn’t matter but the main thing is you need to the ability to be able to release the shutter without touching the camera. By doing this you will eliminate the possibility of any camera shake resulting in blurred images.
So now you have the camera with the right tools for the job how do you go out and capture those amazing images? In our next post we will tell you how.
Written by: Joel Strickland
Photograph by: Ngoc Do