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Secrets for Stunning Landscape Photography

Capturing incredible landscape photos can be a struggle.

But did you know that there are a few landscape photography secrets that will have you shooting like the pros in no time?

In this article, I’m going to share with you secrets for gorgeous landscape photos. You’ll come away with the ability to capture amazing shots–no matter your current skill level.

Shoot During the Golden Hours for Amazing Light

If you want to capture incredible landscape photos then you need incredible light.

It’s found during the ‘golden hours.’

The golden hours are the short period during the beginning and end of the day–when the sun is low on the horizon.

(The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset.)

The warm light during the golden hours can change an ordinary vista into something extraordinary.

Spend time shooting during these golden hours.

Try to avoid shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky and casts long, harsh shadows. Images taken during the middle of the day are difficult to capture and process.

Photograph the Sunrise and Sunset for Gorgeous Colors

Then shoot at sunrise and sunset.

Check the skies a few hours prior to your photoshoot. Take note of the cloud cover. If the sky is partially (but not completely) covered by clouds, that’s a good sign the sky will look incredible.

Invest in Landscape Photography Filters for Perfect Exposures

Cameras are good at dealing with differences between light and dark in a scene.

They’re often a bit too much to handle.

The bright yellows and whites of the sun get overexposed (blown out), while the dark parts of the foreground get underexposed (and lack detail).

This is where filters come in handy.

Because some filters are designed to darken the top half of the scene while leaving the bottom half of the scene untouched. These are called graduated neutral-density filters, and they are the staple of any landscape photographer’s filter kit.

You see, ND filters are essentially a dark piece of glass that sits in front of your lens and acts as a barrier between the lens and the light.

This allows you to lengthen the shutter speed–while keeping the aperture constant.

This is especially useful if you wish to motion blur in your landscape photos (for instance, during a seascape or a waterfall shoot).

However, shooting moving water with a neutral density filter requires another piece of kit, one that is essential for landscape photography

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