This week’s brief in the #52Assignments series is all about the great outdoors. The search is on for open spaces that are a complete contrast to your usual urban crowded life, and the light that shows them at their best.
You don’t need sweeping panoramas, a small detail that captures the spirit of an area works just as well. What will you capture as part of the outdoor challenge?
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How Do I Take Landscape Photos for Instagram?
First of all. Any camera will do (download and add to IG later).
Some of my photos shown here are smartphone snaps, others are my Canon 1300D DSLR. What you use is up to you. Just remember it needs to be in the square format for your Instagram account.
Professional landscape photographers will use something called a wide-angle lens for landscape photos to capture as much scenery as they can, and, guess what? Your smartphone has a good wide angle lens too so it’s easier to take photo of the great outdoors than you might think. Go ahead and take landscape photos, see what happens.
When you are out taking photos for this challenge, you are looking for the best light you can get.
Taking photos around sunset (or sunrise) and catching the ‘Golden Hour’ is recommended for this challenge in the book, but it’s not always easy to do this.
Use the Light You Have
I can’t always be ready or available at the Golden Hour, even in the great outdoors of New Zealand, so I treated this as a great opportunity to try and take good photographs of landscapes wherever I could, and I suggest you do too.
The book recommends a small aperture (e.g. F 20) and suggests focusing on something closer to the camera to keep as much of the picture in focus as you can. I did this the Makara shot I first showed you here and this is the image in IG format.
The chapter in 52 Assignments has lots of tips for hashtags and recommends a couple of filters (inc. Mayfair) so it’s worth a look. I might try these when I post my pictures on in DashPhotos2021 in Instagram.
Dash Kitten’s 52 Assignments Details
- DashPhotos2021 is our #52Assignments photo account on Instagram
- You can keep track of each of the assignments here.
- You can get a copy of the book on Amazon #52Assignments – Instagram Or, your local bookshop can order it for you.
What is a wide-angle lens?
A lens is considered wide-angle when it covers the angle of view between 64° and 84° which in return translates to 35-24mm lens in 35mm film format. Characteristics: Longer lenses magnify the subject more, apparently compressing distance and (when focused on the foreground) blurring the background because of their shallower depth of field. Wikipedia
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