Creating emotions in your imagery, selecting your depth and angle, and waiting for great light are all good ways to elevate your mountain photography. Here are some tips on how to get stunning mountain photography prints.......
Anyone who’s ever attempted to capture the majesty of a mountain range at dusk on an iPhone knows it’s not as easy as it seems. Mountains are one of the most awe-inspiring landscape features on our planet, and one of the most dynamic. Here are some tips on how to get stunning mountain photography prints.
When shooting your next mountain photo, pay attention to the light. Plan carefully for the best light quality, direction, and temperature. See the mountain as something that catches the light, and your job is to show it off at its best!
Avoid shooting mountains once the sun has reached its full brightness. Dawn and dusk are prime times for stunning mountain photos, as the light is soft and warm.
To get a silhouette shot, wait until the sun is just about to rise or has just set behind the mountain or mountain range you’re shooting. This involves arriving a few hours before sunset or sun rise to make sure you’re in position and don’t miss the small window of perfect lighting.
Try visiting the same spot at different times to see how it changes from day to day. In places like Hawaii, the weather changes so often that you’ll be rewarded with something new, like a rainbow in the perfect spot!
Consider using a polarizer or other filter to bring out the best in your image.
In photography, depth equals interest. In landscape photography, this often means finding new angles to shoot from that create a sense of scale in your images.
Sometimes you must get up high to create depth. Helicopter and drone photography are great ways to get that new angle! This shot of the famous Na Pali Coast was taken on a scenic helicopter ride, a must for any photographer visiting Hawaii.
It’s difficult to create depth from a front-on angle, but sometimes it is possible, like with this shot of Honokohau Waterfall......
If you’re having trouble finding depth in your image, move back and frame it using plants, or place an item or person in the foreground. Or find a reflection! Mountain photos are stunning when they include crisp reflections in pools, lakes, or other bodies of water.
Ansel Adams, one of the greatest landscape photographers in history, described mountains perfectly when he said, “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”
Images of mountains stir emotions and bring up good memories filled with adventure. Make it a goal to capture the emotion in your images. You can use things like lighting and color to bring about a certain feeling. For example:
This image’s smooth green ridges and rainbow arcing down into the water evokes serenity, bliss brought about by the perfect blend of nature’s elements.
This image is quite similar, but with deep, shadowy mountains and wispy clouds obscuring part of the view, this mountain photo emits an air of mystery and nature’s grand powers.
When choosing mountain photography prints for a particular space, have in mind what you want people to feel while they are occupying that space. This will help you narrow down what types of images you want.
Wide or Narrow Focus
To get the most out of your mountain photography, consider bringing along a wide angle and telephoto lens. This offers the chance to capture the best of both worlds! Wide or panoramic photos are always stunning, but it’s also possible to zoom in on part of the mountain or range and capture something entirely different. Experiment with both while you’re waiting for the perfect light.
To get even more creative, adjust your angle. A high angle will have a dramatic effect on your subject, while a low angle will isolate your subject.
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People of all ages love panoramic views of mountain ridges and summits or a single peak standing high above it all. Creating emotions in your imagery, selecting your depth and angle, and waiting for great light are all good ways to elevate your mountain photography.
Not a photographer, or don’t have time to get “the shot”? Check out my gallery of landscape photos from all over the world. Consider showing off stunning mountain photography prints in a unique way with a triptych, a photo split into 3 parts.