“I have to go because the mountains are calling!”
There is hardly anything as scenic as mountains. And we have seen that almost everyone is in the hills nowadays. Which makes us think, how can we make our mountain photography different?
This is why the team of WPC has handpicked some of the best tips to make mountain photography better.
Tips on mountain photography:
It is not always about climbing:
You cannot always get the best shots by being at the top. You may not need climbing gear to ace mountain photography. Most of the photographs that we click on are from sea level. The only difference is to pick a long focal length lens to capture the fine lines of the peak.
However, to capture that at the sea requires strength. And this is not something for the faint-hearted. Also, the ones who do not do their research properly.
You cannot show the mountain just like that without knowing the agenda to shoot. The rock type, age, and the shape of the ranges are what mountain photography is all about.
Get closer and personal:
Using the right height tripod is another necessary piece of equipment to accompany you to the hills. When the foreground is small, your position should be lower as well.
Do not leave empty spaces at the bottom of the foreground. Have the focal distance be as minimalistic as possible. The camera position, white balance, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are the points to use for best results.
The season of good lighting:
If you want to get through the shoot during winter, it is best to go visit the Northern lights. The aurora is active around mid of September till mid of March. When you move towards the end of Fall the Alps are within the mist. There are many apps to tell you the heights and depositions of the mountain to ensure optimum lighting.
Weather or not?
Clouds are BEAUTIFUl. And clouds around the mountains? UTTER HEAVEN. Early mornings with clouds hugging the hilltop are beautiful! The ideal mountain photography time is when the sky and mountains are in a solid connection.
your images would look like they are straight out of some movie!
Insert some dramatic sense:
After all, the hard work for your perfect mountain photography shoot is meant for an audience, right? Rather than moving on you should stick to one hill area and surf around. See what more there can be to discover.
Play with the horizon to bring in some emotion, happy or gloomy is easily captured by playing the high end or the low end of the angle. You can shift and be swift to play with the emotions.
Keep it simple:
When you will sit down for the post processing work, make sure to set the right amount of saturation and contrast. Whatever you do, just be open to whatever you feel is right.
Simplicity is better than being chaos. Either focus on the sky, or the dramatic hilltop. One thing at one time.
Other than that, you are good to go. Until then, click away my friend!