What I really try to capture when shooting landscapes is the feeling and soul of the scene with my camera. My main goal is to share with others the amazing sceneries and moments that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. My favorite thing about shooting landscapes is the feeling of peace and freedom when I’m in front of an impressive scene. I also get great satisfaction from the reward you get when you capture a beautiful image, especially after all the planning and logistics of getting to the location which can sometimes be thousands of miles away from your hometown.
Search for the best moments of light, study sun position, weather, kind of light, season of the year, etc. Be patient. Many times, you have to go to a location several times in different days in order to get the desired light conditions, so if you don’t keep trying, you probably won’t succeed.
Don’t just go for the perfect shot; instead, try to get the best from each location. Use different focal lengths and lenses, try short and long exposures, photograph your subjects in both vertical and landscape orientation. No matter how many extraordinary images from that scene you have seen on the internet, always try to add your personal touch and try to create something new. Reflect your style and your soul in your images.
For landscape shooting, I always bring a full frame camera with a wide angle lens. I’d recommend to bring a wide angle lens such as a 16-35 mm, 14-24 mm, or similar, as well as a normal zoom in the 24-70 mm range. Tele zooms can also give you amazing landscape images, so a 70-200 mm lens can also be useful for getting killer shots.
It’s great to take your photography seriously, but I know some people that are so worried about all the technical, theoretical and gear related things, that they don’t get to enjoy the actual shooting process as much as they should. Photography is about you, enjoying yourself, and feeling happy and free with what you are doing. It’s fabulous if you are also able to transmit those feelings to others with your images. Enjoy the moment as much as possible, become a part of the scene and the places you are visiting, immerse yourself in the location, and just have fun.
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