Taking great photos of the outdoors requires more than a nice set of camera equipment. If you really want your vacation photos to pop, it's all in the timing.
Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler.
According to professional photographer Bradley Castañeda, who's shot for Jeep, REI, Sony, Gore-Tex, and La Sportiva, location and equipment are only part of the landscape photography equation. Castañeda explains that being in the right place only matters if you're there at the right time. Think ahead and make sure you have plenty of time to climb to the top of that mountain peak, or make sure you're up early enough to catch the sun rising over that lake. And if you really want to snap an amazing photo, Castañeda says be prepared to wait:
"As photographers, we're not just going to shoot when the skies are clear and the sun is out... I can't tell you how many times I'll set up my camera and just wait. You're waiting for the clouds to move, to have that light come through perfectly, or you're waiting for a sunset."
Waiting for clouds can give you the opportunity to catch long sun rays, and shooting just before or after a storm can provide some amazing lighting. When a rain shower clears out, for example, the foliage will shine brighter. Without a little patience, your nice camera won't do a beautiful locale justice. You can learn more landscape photography tips at the link below.
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