Just about everyone who looks into a photograph which has an awesome landscape backdrop goes, outdoor photography"Wow". It’s an instant reaction as they see the beauty and wonder of the outdoors. However, for those aspiring photographers, replicating that reaction when people see your photographs isn’t as hard. You just need to remember to use the proper, equipment, get the right settings and prepare to have some fun.

Protect your lenses

One of the tips that you could immediately follow is to always use a UV filter. This is not only for blocking the ultraviolet rays that the sun emits but is also a very nice way to protect your lenses from scratches or breakage. When you have a UV filter on, it protects the lenses from taking a scratch or two. You also won’t have any problems if you have any prescription glasses because it won’t mess up with your grade.

Good lenses

One of the best things that you can do is to invest in good quality lenses. There’s really no problem with using third-party lenses but it would be better if you stick with your manufacturer’s primary lenses. It’s not that the third-party lenses are necessarily inferior but these types of lenses don’t have the technology that the manufacturers have put in them. Always remember that in the world of photography, you get what you pay for.

Use filters sparingly

Whenever you’re using filters, try not to depend on them too much. A filter is just another optical device that is between the subject and the lens. If you introduce too many devices, you might just be more likely to introduce distortion into the final picture.

Use a tripod

Be sure to use a tripod for virtually ever landscape shot that you’ll be taking. It’s important to do that because you’ll need every type of steadiness that  you can have granted that you’ll be taking photographs with a very small aperture opening for landscapes.

Infinite focus

Whenever you’re shooting skyscapes, be sure that you’re always on the infinity setting on your lens.

Lock up your mirror

If you’re using a shutter speed that is between 1/30th of a second and 1 second, it would be best to be able to lock up your mirror in a 35mm SLR before you even start exposing. In this particular range, you will be able to be free from the shock that the mirror has when it flips up during an exposure, ensuring a sharp and reliably focused picture.

Long lens equals less contrast

Whenever you are using a long telephoto lens to bring up objects closer, you will normally experience a loss of contrast because of the intervening distance. It would be better to come closer and essentially use a shorter lens to veer away from a desaturated-looking image.

There you have it: some essentials for you to remember when trying out photography in the outdoors. Try to remember to follow these steps and you’ll end up having great pictures. Also practice, practice, practice until you get the shot that you want.