The best way to move forward and improve your progression is by learning from your mistakes. Making mistakes is a common part of the learning process, however, the sooner you realize the mistake you are making, the faster you will progress.
If you are new to landscape photography, or even if you have been in the field for some time now, there is a huge chance you are making some of these mistakes:
5 Beginner Landscape Photography Mistakes To Avoid
#1 Flat and Confusing Compositions
A typical example of a flat and confusing composition is an image that looks more like a snapshot.
If you look at your photo and don’t know what you are looking for – your eyes just bounce back off the image and you feel unfulfilled since you don’t understand what the point of the photo is – then you need to take a second look at your composition.
The biggest mistake new photographers make is taking photos with no clear subject. A reliable way to find a subject is to ask yourself these questions:
- Why are you pointing at this scene?
- What do you love about it?
- Why do you want to take this picture?
The idea is to understand what you want to highlight in an image. For example, if you’re clicking a couple together, you need to be sure if you want to highlight their camaraderie, clothes, or background.
Once clear, get rid of the distractions and focus on what you want to show.
It is very common for beginners to take images that lack depth i.e. images without foreground, midground or background. It literally looks like a flat image.
Putting a strong subject in the foreground helps in anchoring the photo and getting the viewer interested. It allows the viewer to walk their eye through your photograph.
It’s important to remove distractions from an image but without taking away everything from the photo. Your audience should have something to see and reflect on. The picture of waves, for example, can show unique patterns that can get people thinking.
#2 Ignoring The Light Meter
Not using your camera to the fullest is one of the worst things you can do to your images.
Cameras today come with an insane amount of power, the dynamic range they have is awesome. Plus, the light meter in the histogram is also quite amazing, but, unfortunately, very few photographers used it.
Histograms can be intimidating for new photographers, however, the light meter (at the bottom of your screen) is not only easy to use but will also help you find the right exposure level for your images.
It has an upside-down arrow that changes position with the brightness of your photo. Your goal should be to have the arrow positioned at zero.
#3 Shooting During Harsh Light
Shooting for hours and hours in the midday sun will not do you any favors. Harsh and warm lights can change the way your image looks. Of course, some images require the sun to be out, but you need to be careful about how you incorporate it into your images.
There is no bad time to shoot, as long as you are shooting, it’s good since practice will help you reach your maximum potential, but a majority of your good images will come during sunset and sunrise. So, count on these unless you have specific needs.
#4 Focusing Too Much on Gear
Researching about different cameras and gears will improve your knowledge base but it will not help you be the photographer you want to be.
Instead of focusing on the gear, it is advised that you learn what your camera can do by going through the manual.
Understand every operation so that you can use it to compose eye-catching images. The more you learn, the better you’ll get. Plus, get your hands on a nice editing software as well and understand how you can improve your image once it reaches the editing table.
#5 Shooting At Eye Level
Shooting at eye level will do you no good. There is no other way to deal with the issue than to just stop doing it. Try looking at things below and above your eye level through the camera and construct well-contrasted compositions with it.
Follow these simple tips and your landscape photography will improve by leaps and bounds.