6 tips to capturing Idaho's beautiful landscapes



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Capturing Landscape photography is a favorite with professional and amateur photographers alike. There awaits a wealth of natural breathtaking Idahoan landscapes filled with beauty and drama, always changing with the seasons. Whether in the harsh winters, or the simple pleasures of the soft fall, Idaho always stand to amaze and show why it stands as such a landmark for photographers and the public alike to capture such scenes of beauty.


But not everyone can. Some, (like me once upon a time) have not taken a photography class or not as familiar taking the photos as they are people or products. Thats where here at Langansel we excel.


thats why today, we're providing you with 6 tips on capturing Idaho's beautiful landscapes, that next time on your next photography outing, that you don't capture these moments in a bland light, but in a light that can continue to push you to your photography goals.


so here, we at langansel present these six landscape photography tips to help you on your next photography Outing.


Also, these tips are for the photographer that is a little more experienced with the camera, so if you need a refresher on all the camera Lingo used in this article, click HERE for more info.



1.) Create Depth


When you are taking a landscape photograph, (especially in Idaho) try creating a sense of depth by keeping all the different elements of the image in focus.

To do this try using a smaller aperture, somewhere from f/16-f/22 because this keeps objects in the foreground and background sharp. Even Placing your camera on a tripod (eliminating camera shake,) when using a small aperture will help, as less light will be entering the lens.

and on that note, that leads us to our next tip;


2.) Using a Wide-Angle Lens


When you have figured out depth, the Wide-angle lense is the preferred tool for landscape photography. Not just because they can show a broader view, but as well to give a sense of wide open space; which is pretty common in Idaho, Especially near swan valley or Ashton.


They also tend to give a greater depth of field and allow you to use faster shutter speeds because they allow more light to be taken in. Taking an image at f/16 will make both the foreground and background sharp.

But even at this point, you may feel it bland, not having that "texture" thats common with the pros. Thats what takes us to a common solution;


3.) Using Photographic Filters (polarizing and Neutral Density)


To get the best possible images, you can make use of two filters in your landscape photography.

Polarizing filters darken the sky and therefore bring out the blues in contrast to the white of the clouds.

Neutral Density (ND) filters prevent too much light from entering the camera. This is useful on bright days, when the camera is unable to give you a slow shutter speed (you may want to capture the movement of the sky or water for example).


4.) Capture Movement


If you are working with moving water you can create a stunning white water effect by choosing a long exposure.

One way to do this is by using TV or S (Shutter-Priority) mode and choosing an exposure of 2 seconds or longer. You can also use AV (Aperture-Priority) mode and choose a small aperture like f/32 (which generally requires more light).

If working with bright daylight you must use an ND filter to reduce the amount of light hitting the camera, and this way the camera will allow you to have a longer shutter time.

You must always use a tripod for this kind of shot so that the rest of your image remains sharp.


5.) Use Water as a Mirror


Water in subdued light can create beautiful effects and reflections.

The best time for this kind of shot is during the two “golden hours” which are the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Put your camera on a tripod and set the mode dial to TV or S (Shutter-Priority) mode. Choose a slow shutter speed and allow the camera to choose the correct aperture.

If you struggle to get a sharp image you can push the ISO up although ISO 125 is a good starting point.


6.) Compose in Thirds




To use the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares.

Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off center at one of the intersecting points of the imaginary lines, will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph.

When a photograph is composed using the rule of thirds the eyes will wander the frame. A picture composed by the rule of thirds is usually more interesting and pleasing to the eye.

A landscape isn’t just about nature; so why not include people?

A beautiful landscape can be complemented by a cute child or by a beautiful girl running or jumping through the flowers.

Remember the rule of thirds and place the person in an off-center position to create interest.

Choose a fast shutter speed if you want to freeze the action or a slower shutter speed if you want to capture movement.


BONUS) Taking Account of People


A landscape isn’t just about nature; so why not include people?

A beautiful landscape can be complemented by a cute child or by a beautiful girl running or jumping through the flowers.

Remember the rule of thirds and place the person in an off-center position to create interest.

Choosing a fast shutter speed as well helps to capture people in sharp focus, which is necessary for what needs to be done to capture such beautiful landscapes



That's all folks!

Landscape photography is a favorite with professional and amateur photographers alike.

There awaits a wealth of natural landscapes filled with beauty and drama, always changing with the seasons. To avoid taking bland images, follow these top landscape photography tips.



Thanks For reading! If you think anyone else can use this knowledge, then don't forget to share it. If you're interested in other photography Tips, Tricks, and photo Inspiration, then check out the links below:


> Camera 101: Understanding the basics to master your camera

> 9 ways to capture beautiful portraits

> 20 MOTIVATING QUOTES from Inspiring photographers

>8 Tips to Jumpstart you on your photography Journey



Till Next time,

Dallin Spencer


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