Lowlight Landscapes

What You’ll need

Sunrise and sunset times – knowing these are crucial as the best photographic opportunities are ½ hour either side of the set or rise.

Tripod – Long exposure times means a tripod is a must. Manfrotto make good tripods for outdoor photography.

Camera – This type of photography is easier with a DSLR however some compact models have manual controls.

Torch – This will come in handy once the sun has set!

Skills you’ll learn

Composition – how to frame a landscape image.

Exposure – how to open your camera for long periods of time

Location – The best time and locations for lowlight photography.

Lowlight landscape photography can produce some of the most visually stunning images full of colour and atmosphere. This tutorial will be closely guiding you through the shapes and tones of the landscape and teaching you how to capture the best images using the dramatic and minimal light produced by mother nature.

Lowlight landscape photography

Images can be taken any time of the year however the Autumn is one of the best seasons to be shooting as the colours in the land are spectacular and the time of sunrise is not at stupid o’clock as it is in the Summer months! The bad thing about Autumn is the weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you take sensible clothing on a shoot. Remember dramatic rain clouds can produce fantastic images so don’t be put off if it looks like it is going to rain. A large umbrella to protect your camera and gear may come in handy and a lens cloth is always a good accessory to have to hand. Also remember your tripod, as a long shutter speed will be needed to shoot in these conditions.

There are many locations that will work for this type of photography. For this tutorial we selected a forest and a seaside location however the same rules applies in other settings. For the beginner photographer there will always be a lot of trail and error in landscape photography so it is best to practice somewhere that is close to home and easily locatable to build skills. Continue reading