One of the things that I have been exploring a lot lately is landscapes.

I’m mainly a portrait photographer and I love to spend one-on-one time with people. However after shooting the same thing over and over, you kind of get into a comfortable state….which isn’t a good sign. Why? Because you aren’t growing as an artist. Sometimes you just need to put your expertise aside and try something new. So I’ve been on the road traveling to all different parts of New York and decided to concintrate on landscape.

Now it wasn’t until I actually started taking landscape that I realized it’s not as easy as it looks.

Most people think that it’s just taking a photo of a sunset or a huge valley but the reality is there is something more to the image. You need to try and convey a message, mood and feeling in an image. With a human being it makes that part easy…..but with landscape? How do you try to convey feeling or a message with landscape?!

At the moment I am still learning and will continue to but here are a few things that have helped me along the way that took my images from blah to cool:

1. Details details!

In order to get a great landscape image, you have to make sure that there is no blurriness of any kind (unless it is intension). What I mean by intensional is if you want to show motion blur on running water or cars zipping by. One of the things that make landscape images beautiful is the sharp details, which means long exposures and smaller aperatures.

2. A Tripod Is Your Friend

I had to learn this the hard way haha! If your trying to get a great photo of a sunset or a starry night or a thunder storm, hand holding your camera won’t work. Ever wonder how those photos come out so crisp – it’s because the camera is set on a tripod with a very long exposure time.

3. Keep Shooting No Matter What

Don’t try and reach perfection, just keep on trying to get your ideal shot. Depending on where you are, you might not be able to see this place for a very long time. For example, when I traveled to the Grand Canyon I still kind of kick myself for not taking a whole smorgasbord of images because I didn’t know when I would ever go back. The most photos you take, the more ideas start rushing into your head that you ultimately take a great photo at the end of the day. So try not to sell yourself short and just keep shooting.

Now it is time for you to let your work shine!

What are your favorite outdoor photos? What memories do you have? Are there any tips that you can give to your fellow art lovers? Let us know in the comments below and we look forward to seeing your work!

Til next time my fellow creator –