5 Easy Fixes to Improve Your Landscape Photography
Improving your photography can be difficult. There is a lot to learn and sometimes it's hard to know where to start. That’s why Team Due North sat down and came up with a list of 5 Easy Fixes to make your landscape photography better. These are simple things that you can start doing today and they will help you improve your images right away!
1. Get Straight
No, this isn’t a scared straight program, but there is no excuse for a crooked horizon. An uneven horizon looks unnatural to the human eye and can go a long way to ruin an otherwise good image. Most cameras these days come with a built-in electronic level, but a dirt cheap hot shoe bubble level will do the trick as well. With all the tools available in the field and with post-processing, there is no reason to have a crooked horizon.
2. Seeing Spots
The more you use your camera, the more likely you are to end up with dust on your camera sensor. Worry not! All of those dark spots in your sky are easy to remove. Most modern editing programs offer an easy way to remove dust spots in seconds! This is a great way to make sure your images look polished. If you have a lot of dust spots on your sensor, it might be time for a cleaning.
Nothing increases yours odd of getting well focused, well composed, and sharper images than using a tripod. Not only does it eliminate blurriness from camera movement, it slows you down and forces you to compose images more carefully. Tripods also expand your shooting opportunities by allowing you to shoot in conditions and with methods that hand-holding won’t allow.
4. Stay Focused
Nothing sucks more than getting home from an amazing shoot and realizing that your images are all slightly out of focus (trust us, we’ve been there.) It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of amazing light and skip a few steps that can cost you later. It is always worth it to take a deep breath and check your focus one more time. Once you have decided on a composition, take a test image and zoom in on your image in review/playback mode to make sure you achieved the focus you wanted.
5. Your friend, the histogram
With every new camera release, the LCD on the back gets better and bigger, but there is a catch. The image you are seeing may not be an accurate depiction of what you’ve captured. The best way to ensure that you have the exposure you want is to use the histogram available in both live view and review/playback mode. This will help you know that you have exposed the image properly and have the information you need in both highlights and shadows. As an added bonus, most cameras can be set to show you parts of the image that are under or overexposed, otherwise known as clipping.
Now go forth with confidence knowing that these simple fixes will make your images that much better!