We are started out as beginners in our professions. Nobody is ever an expert after day one. Before you can become an expert in your profession, you would have taken lots of training, and made lots and lots of mistakes. This also applies in photography, no great photographer stated out as a great photographer. It was a gradual process with lots of training, and mistakes.
As a beginner, you are bound to make mistakes; it is part of your learning process. However, some mistakes are very costly, so it is best you make sure you avoid those mistakes. Here are four top blunders beginners make in landscape photography.
- Not using a tripod. A tripod is the most important tool for landscape photography (besides the camera). Although most people complain that it is not easy and practical to travel with a tripod. However, there are lots of opportunities ahead of you when you start using a tripod. Not only that your photos will become sharper, you will also be able to do some special techniques like long exposure photography. You also don’t need to use a high ISO to make the image sharp. You can also make your composition and keep it for many photos. There are so many things you can do with a tripod.
- Shooting during the day. When it comes to landscape photography, light is everything. You should never take pictures during the day when the sun is still very high up. The best hour to take pictures is around sunrise (morning) and sunset (evening). When you take photos during the day, the image might not look very good. And the last thing you want is your photos to look bad.
- Being fixed on automatic mode. Automatic mode is very useful for people who just bought their first camera. But if you have been using a camera for a while, I recommend you start using the manual mode. There are lots of reasons why you should learn how to manually control the camera. It might look very difficult at the beginning when using manual mode, but after much practice, your photos will reward you with high quality.
- Crooked or uneven horizon. There are so many landscape photos with an uneven or crooked horizon. There are so many photos that have been ruined because of crooked or uneven horizon. Straightening the horizon is a very big step towards improving your landscape photography.