When most people pick up a brand new camera, it’s to capture our world’s amazing landscape. One of the best things about Landscape photography is the subject is always there, but changes with weather and cultural events. Below are some tips on how to shoot the best landscape photos, respecting the environment and recommended lenses.
1. Make it look 3D
A good landscape photo has high levels of depth. This is achievable by simply shooting at higher apertures such as F11 and 16. This will ensure that your photo is in focus throughout the foreground and background.
Composition is super important too in creating well balanced landscape photos. Starting out by using the rule of thirds is a good starting point.
2. Use a tripod
The tripod is your best friend in landscape photography. Tripods help stabilise your image to get the sharpest image possible. Furthermore enables you to get more creative, for example shooting long exposure landscape photography. We recommend using carbon fibre tripods for vibration absorption which is crucial for shooting seascapes. Check out our tripod buying guide.
3. Use ND Filters & Polarisers
Incorporating filters is an easy way of creating landscape photos with life. Polarising filters help combat against glare from water or snow. ND filters allow you to shoot longer exposures by cutting out light. GND filters help balance exposure between the top and bottom of an image, and in some cases the horizon. Check out our ND filter guide.
4. Using a wide angle lens
Wide angle lenses help expand the field of view. Therefore allowing you to capture a broader view. In addition wide angle lenses tend to have a greater depth of field for optimal sharpness.
5. Respect the environment
We’ve seen this all too much. Many natural landscapes and amazing locations being shut off by national parks and councils due to misconduct. When photographing a location, make sure to treat the location with respect. Don’t go off breaking trees, leaving rubbish behind or displaying antisocial behaviour. We have such a beautiful world for us to go out explore and photograph. For the sake of future photographer generations, we can’t stress how important it is to preserve our world.
Our favourite landscape lenses
Canon 16-35MM F2.8L III
After three iterations, Canon finally nailed the versatile 16-35mm F2.8 lens. It’s form factor, high max aperture and premium optics, makes it a fantastic workhorse.
Canon 11-24MM F4L
Canon’s first strong attempt of creating an ultra wide lens. It’s premium optics combats well against abberations and ghosting. In addition being able to open the lens up to 11mm is mind blowing.
Nikon AF-S 14-24MM F2.8
An oldie but a goodie. One of Nikons most coveted landscape lenses due to it’s brilliant optical construction and quality.
Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f4G
Designed for the DX Nikon bodies the Nikon 12-24mm F4G is a versatile wide angle zoom lens with a compact form factor.
Fujifilm 8-16mm F2.8
Fujifilms latest ultra wide angle lens and it’s a killer. Boasting super wide field of view, and a high max aperture of F2.8. This is the best landscape lens for Fujifilm right now.
Fujifilm 10-24mm F4
The most popular wide angle lens for Fujifilm X series. It’s fantastic price point and optical brilliance is still a favourite for Fujifilm landscape shooters.
Sony 16-35MM F2.8 GMASTER
One of our favourite wide angle lenses of all time. The Sony 16-35mm F2.8 is a compact wide angle lens that is perfect for travel. It’s backed up with GMASTER optics for premium performance.
Sony 12-24 F4 G
For those looking for an ultra wide lens for their Sony system this is the lens. Boasting a compact form factor and super wide field of view, this is great lens for architecture and seascapes.
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0
Co produced with the dons from Leica, the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 is our favourite micro four thirds wide angle lens. High quality optics and build in a tiny package.