The landscape is one of the most favorite subjects of both amateur and professional photographers. While not all professional photographers produce the same awesome, incredible photos, amateurs usually end up dreaming of shooting like a pro. In The Landscape Photography Book, award-winning photographer Scott Kelby shares his secrets of how to shoot and/or edit stunning landscapes. He gives more than two hundred tips and techniques to produce awesome landscape photos under all weather conditions professionally. The secrets and techniques range from the camera settings to the photographer gear.
Scott Kelby says that you need a sturdy tripod if you want to shoot landscapes. The reason he gives is that you are going to be shooting in low-light conditions a lot, and your shutter is often going to be open for seconds at a time, so you’re going to need a sturdy tripod to keep your camera absolutely still the entire time that shutter is open. For a good shoot, it cannot move even a tiny bit. However, if you are shooting travel or architecture, or people, or pretty much anything other than landscapes, you can get away with one of those light, compact, travel tripods. But with landscape photography, you will sometimes wind up shooting in windy, rainy or just unpredictable weather conditions, and you don’t want to take a chance of your gear literally blowing over.
When you shoot landscapes, you need to keep your horizontal line straight. There are techniques to get your horizontal line straight. Scott Kelby says that having a crooked horizon line is one of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins of Landscape Photography.” You can later recompose it in the light-room. In other words, you are doing so because you messed it up when you took the shot. One way to do that is to buy an inexpensive bubble level. This slides right into the flash hot shoe on the top of your camera. He says that you should use this to make sure your camera is perfectly straight when you take the shot, saving you untold toil and trouble later. If you bought your camera in the last couple of years or so, there is a good chance you will have some kind of digital camera level built in. They tend to look a lot like the aviation-style artificial horizons pilots use to keep their wings straight while flying – so the passengers in the back aren’t screaming in a panic the entire flight as their drinks slide of their tray tables.
If you want to make gorgeously sharp, crisp landscape images, you will have to be shooting on a tripod. Scott Kelby says, in that case, you need to be at your lowest, cleanest native ISO, which for most cameras these days is 100 ISO. You will find a camera make/model here and there where it is cleanest native ISO is 50 or even 200, but as a general rule, it’s 100 ISO. You should not hand-hold the camera if you want the real sharpness, and if you’re shooting at the right time of the day when the light is beautiful and the shadows are soft, you absolutely need to be on a tripod. If you want to shoot where it is a big, bright, beautiful midday sky, and while the light or shadows are not awesome, your shutter speed will be crazy fast – probably over 1/2000 of a second, and you will still get a really sharp shot with that fast s shutter speed. Not tripod sharp, but still pretty darn sharp.
The Landscape Photography Book provides encyclopedic knowledge about how to shoot awesome landscapes. Scott Kelby provides the principles of composition and aesthetic design of landscapes. He equally discusses techniques such as correct exposure. The Landscape Photography Book will benefit both amateur and professional photographers. It will change the way you shoot landscapes. It is packed with awe-inspiring photos that also explain the techniques. If you want to improve your skills as a landscape photographer, The Landscape Photography Book is what you should be looking for.