We have already triggered a series of posts that tell you about tips and tricks on how to make your photos look professional, bright, clear and sharp (or sometimes specially blurry). Today we publish a guest post by Kelly Marsh who shares her experience on shooting landscape photos using flashlight and other tricks.
Shooting landscape photos seems easy. But in reality there is much more to it – timing, patience, location, stamina and luck. You will not be in a studio where you can control the factors that go into photography – you will be at the mercy of nature. But when the right things fall in place, landscape photos turn out to look so beautiful that one just cannot take their eyes off them.
Tools to Shoot Magnificent Landscape Photos
There are some basic accessories that are a must. The first one would be tripod. To control the exposure and lightning, stability is particularly necessary. It is almost impossible to achieve that stability holding the camera in hand.
Always remember to carry a set of lenses that you are acquainted working with. Moreover, carry an extra battery and memory card. You don’t want the camera going dead or exceed storage space in the middle of a great shot. You can take the external flashlights, or if you feel the one embedded in your camera is superb, you can use that too.
When to Use Flashlight
The flashlight (professionals also call it speed light) will best be put into use when you are shooting close objects in the landscape. By close objects, it implies shooting trees in a forest, a garden, etc., which are not more than a few meters away from the camera lens. Shooting mountains which are far away won’t require the use of a flashlight. And as many people would guess, the flashlight is not only meant for shooting objects in the night. When properly used, it can do wonders to your photos even during daytime.
Choose Correct Photo Settings
Always try to use low ISO settings to avoid noise in the image. Crank up the ISO values only when utmost needed. Adjust the flashlight power, according to the situation. Use a large aperture value to sharply focus on near objects and blur the background. Like when shooting the leaves of a tree, adjust the flashlight power in a way such that it does not burn out the image. You need to keep on experimenting to get the perfect shot.
Using flashlight becomes quite necessary when any object in the landscape is lighted poorly. For example, consider a garden in which the camera is placed under a shade and to avoid glare from the sunlight. The flowers and trees at a distance will be lighted well, but the front side of a cactus facing the camera will be dark if it is also under the shade. Using low shutter speed and the camera flashlight will make the cactus bright and eliminate the darkness in the image created by the shade.
You can use high shutters speeds to create that blurry effect of moving grass in the wind, which are under the shade of a tree, and use the flashlight to create a soft glow and brighten the colors.
Yes, it takes a fair amount of practice before you get it right by using the correct combination of the aperture and shutter speeds. The flashlight will help add light to the areas which are too dark and help maintain a perfect balance of light in the image to make it awe inspiring.
About the Author:
Kelly Marsh is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology, health and parenting. Beside this she is fond of photography. She also likes reading various articles on www.diyhealth.com.