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A lot of photography lovers set out to shoot landscapes, and it’s no wonder they want some of the action. The Internet is full of wonderful photos of amazing places and it inspires newcomers to shoot their own. Landscape photography is great indeed, but it’s a little more complicated than one might first think.
First of all, let’s point out some of the differences between shooting landscapes and other types of photography. You probably know by now that perspective is very important. Changing perspective is very different when shooting an outdoor scene than when taking a portrait. If you want to get a different view of someone, you just have them move a few feet or do the moving yourself. If your subject is a mountain, you might have to walk a mile or two to change the perspective. Lesson to be learned? Landscape photography is hard work. You may have to camp out and get up early in the morning to catch the perfect light, and even that won’t guarantee a failed shot.
It is also a matter of getting past the obvious, and this applies typically to popular destinations. If you're sooting in a location that sees a lot of tourists regularly, try to find a vantage point that will give you a different shot than every other postcard.
Framing and composition are very important, because it’s no use finding the perfect spot and having the best light if you don’t know how to use them correctly.
(Success Tip: Don’t get caught with dead batteries. A portable charger like THIS is inexpensive and a life saver when you are in the field!)
Here is a video from the Travel Channel with Aaron Goodwin and Chase McCurdy venturing into Red Rock Canyon to shoot some awesome landscapes.