If you are a beginner looking to improve your landscape images, then this article will help you. I will share five accessories, which will help you to improve your landscape shots.
The main issue faced by amateur landscape photographers is a shaky image. Most of the landscape photographers capture images during early morning and late evening hours. It is the time when you get the best natural light.
You will be going for a smaller aperture of f/11 and above to get a wider Depth of field. So, you will have to go for a slower shutter speed since the aperture opening is small. If you shoot this scene handheld, then it may result in a blurry image.
So, use a good tripod to ensure that your camera is stable while triggering the shot. It helps to reduce the unwanted blur in the landscape image. Ensure that the tripod you use can handle your camera gear weight without any wobbling even if it is windy. Tripod also helps to get a level horizon in landscape images.
2. Remote Shutter Release
Don’t use the camera shutter press button for capturing landscape images. When you press the trigger button, even if the camera is mounted on a tripod, it can introduce some shake. So, try to avoid this vertical pressing. Use a remote shutter release option. You can easily get a proper wired remote shutter release under $20.
Nowadays, you can also get a wireless remote release for almost the same price. So, use any of these options for shutter release. If you are using a DSLR camera, ensure that you use the mirror lockup feature for additional stability.
3. Grad ND Filters
Most of the scenes which you shoot as a landscape photographer will have a section of sky. It is always tricky to get a good exposure of the sky, along with the land or water sections. Most of the time, the details in the sky gets whitewashed.
So, the trick here is to get the sky section underexposed. The best way to do it on the camera is to use a Graduated ND filter. Use the Grey part against the sky to reduce the amount of light falling from the sky section.
Grad ND filter is a must-have accessory if you are looking to improve your landscape shots.
4. ND Filters
If you are shooting in the daytime, then the ND filter would be handy. It helps you to cut out the extra stops of light. To get the best results, you should know how to use the ND filter. For example, if you are photographing a waterfall, then you will be looking to make the flow silky smooth, which makes the image beautiful. You can achieve this only with slow shutter speed.
During the daytime, only an ND filter can help you to get a slower shutter speed. When you are investing in an ND filter, buy a good quality one. Cheap ND filters will leave a colour cast on your image and ruins the picture quality.
Getting a high-end camera and lens alone will not help you get good landscape images.
So, make use of these four accessories next time when you are doing landscape photography. You can see some improvements.