Mountain Photography Tips

You might be planning a trip to the mountains this summer or this fall and you probably want to get some amazing photos. I would suggest taking a single-lens reflex camera, you will be able to take better pictures because you have more control over the settings than you do with a standard point-and-shoot camera. We are going to go over a few tips to get the best shots.

The first and probably most well know tip is to get these shots in the morning or evening. The light will be more diffused at these times, which leads to better pictures. More light usually equals bad pictures if you are shooting a setting like wildlife and mountains.

Use a tripod. You can use any shutter speed you want without having to worry about the blur from the slight shaking of your hand when you take a picture. This can be really useful if you want to add the movement of a river to your mountain photo. It will give the appearance of motion you need to use a slower shutter speed.

Try to focus your photo on either the sky or the mountains. Most landscapes will either have a dominant foreground or sky. Think about which will have the biggest impact on the viewer. Also try setting your camera to a narrower aperture to achieve a larger depth of field. “Depth of field” refers to the amount of the the image that appears in focus. The aperture is the amount of light that the camera lets in, with smaller f-stop numbers meaning a wider aperture. You can also use a polarizing filter when you are at lower altitudes to saturate the colors of your image.

Something else you might try is capturing people or other sizable objects in your photo so viewers understand how large the mountain is.

We hope the few tips here help you out when shooting those mountain photos.


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