GETTING BRIGHT BLUE SKIES IN YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS

Quick tip Tuesday! At least that's what I'm calling it for today, because todays tips are quick and easy. Something I love and miss all at the same time are blue skies. I don't feel like we have enough blue skies in New York. Shooting landscapes have never been my forte. I started my photography journey shooting portraits and then added brand photography and those are where my photography strengths lie. 

For me shooting a good landscape is really all about the landscape. The landscape does all the work because it's the pretty part. ;) So let's get to those quick tips.

ADJUST YOUR F-STOP

First, when shooting landscape you want to adjust your F-Stop. When I shoot portraits I usually shoot with an F-stop of F2.8 or F3.2, this brings out my subject and creates a nice bokeh background. It took  me a long time to remember to adjust my F-stop for landscape because I was so used to shooting portraits. When shooting landscapes you want to adjust your F-stop into the double digits, think F11 or F12. This adjustment will allow you to get all of your landscape in focus. 

SHOOT WITH THE SUN BEHIND YOU

This one is huge for me. Because I was used to shooting portraits I often shot at sunset, often times shooting backlit. The first time I attempted to shoot landscapes I used these same techniques and things did not turn out well. During one of my photography classes the instructor changed everything for me with one simple sentence, "shoot with the sun behind you." It was that easy. If the sun is behind you it lights up the sky. If the sun is in front of you it blows out the sky. 

Easy peasy, right? You can totally change your landscape photography game simply by adjusting your F-stop and placing the sun behind you. What are some of your tried and true landscape photography tips? Send them my way, I have plenty to learn! :) xoxo. Samantha