Mulga Well 1, South Australia

I love photographing the outback country. These two images here have been captured at Mulga Well, in South Australia.

For these two images a Nikon D700 and 24-120mm lens has been used.

Capturing a good landscape is all about capturing excellent lighting at the right time of the day and generally the best time is early morming or late evening. A cloudy sky can also assist in giving a landscape a boost.

I prefer my landscapes to be uncomplicated, and by that I mean a landscape having a simple composition and not too busy.

Mulga Well 2, South Australia

A variety of lenses can be used for landscape photography, ranging from wide angle to telephoto. A wide angle lens will give a wide view and cover many parts of the scenery, with a wide lens it is a good idea to include some foreground object to give the scene some depth. With a telephoto lens you are able to isolate a small part of the landscape to highlight some part, it may be a distant mountain range or some trees in the distance.

With landscapes it is critical to get the image as sharp as possible and some of the aspects to consider are as follows;

  • Use a higher aperture to give a reasonable depth of field,
  • Use a reasonably high shutter speed to avoid camera shake,
  • With landscapes, if there is a breeze beware of any moving foliage and  ensure that you use a sufficiently high shutter speed to avoid blur,
  • Consider using a tripod to give additional camera stability,
  • Also use a cable release with the tripod.

Sometimes doing a panorama with several images will give as good, if not better results than a very wide angle lens. The reason for this is that many wide angle lenses will give quite a lot of distortion to the image. However a longer focal length lens with the images stitched together will give less distortion. Even successful hand held stitched images can be obtained if there is nothing in the close foreground, so give it a try.

I am keen on using neutral density filters particularly when there are moving clouds or moving water in the image as interesting blur effects can be obtained.

Interesting effects can also be obtained with HDR (High Dynamic Range) effects, particularly when the landscape is lit by high contrast lighting.

There are some reviews of some of the Nikon cameras and lenses suitable for landscape use here, Nikon Camera Reviews and Nikon Lens Reviews.