1. Be Prepared For All Weather Conditions
First of all, lets talk about weather. Nowadays we can check it online, but still, especially in autumn, the weather is very unstable. It would be a shame not to go few miles more to a good location and take an amazing picture because we are wet, cold or hungry. It is better to take waterpfroof jacket with you even when it is supposed to be sunny all day.
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2. Use The Light As Your Guide
In landscape photography the lighting is everything. It creates a mood of the picture; calm or stormy; bright or dark. Depends on the time of the day there can be soft or hard light. Usually we do not shoot in middle of the day due to strong shadows. It is better to wait a couple of hours and take a shot in sunset or during sunrise.
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3. Think About Composition
Try to use a “Rule of Thirds” – place the most interesting feature in one of four golden points to create a very strong image. Sometimes it is good to brake that rule and put that feature in a middle of the frame, but only if it is simple and symmetric. Also think about lines that lead the eye from one to another point in the image, or occasionally, out of the image. These are called “lading lines”.
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4. Be Creative
Use your imagination. Try to think ‘out of the box’, think what is best for the image you want to take; like a different angle, close up, time of exposure. It is worth to put ND filter to blur movement of water or clouds.
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5. Complete Your Image
We like to look at the picture and image ourselves being there in that location, so why not put yourself in the frame?
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Daria Kielarska is 22-years old self-taught photographer from Poland, currently living in Bristol, UK. She travels by motorbike and is fascinated by the power of light and loves to discover new locations. She loves outdoors and sharing the feeling of place with others. She believes that you do not have to go far to discover interesting places because it is close to home where the most fascinating frames can be taken. Nevertheless she still would like to see whole world, especially North America.