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Five great tips to improve your landscape snapshots for our photo calendar contest

How-To's and Tips | 09/16/21
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The Volunteer State is blessed with great opportunities to take amazing landscape photos. All across the state, you can find beautiful scenery to capture.

  1. Bring a Tripod
    Having a tripod on hand to take great landscape photos is essential. The stability that a tripod provides allows you to use a slower shutter speed, increase the depth of field, and keep your ISO setting as low as you can.
  2. Shoot in RAW format
    Capturing an image in the RAW format increases the amount of flexibility that you have when shooting landscape photos. The RAW files contain much more information about the scene that you have captured and they enable you to be able to process the photos inside editing equipment with much more detail. Many newer smartphones even include the ability to shoot in RAW.
  3. Use the best light of the day
    As long as the clouds stay away, you have two opportunities each day to shoot in what is called the “Golden Hour” that happens an hour before sunset and an hour after sunrise. With the sun lower on the horizon the light is filtered through more of the atmosphere and almost glows. Be on the watch for changes in the colors in the sky as well. The sky can change colors completely in just a manner of minutes taking an ordinary photo to an extraordinary one.
  4. Adjust the horizon
    Give some thought on where to place the horizon in your landscape photos. Many times new photographers will just place the horizon directly in the middle of the image. While some images may benefit from a dead center horizon, most can be improved upon by shifting the horizon upward or downward.
  5. Be ready for the elements
    If you are uncomfortable when going out for a shoot, then the odds are you will feel rushed when you need to be relaxed. Great items to make sure to carry with you are insect spray, a lightweight jacket, a flashlight (great for those hikes before sunrise or after sunset) and a shutter release camera or timer for your camera.

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