What does it take to become a good professional landscape photographer? Well there are many qualities needed, for example one needs to be fit both physically and mentally. Imagine the shot you are longing to capture is up on a mountain or hill which requires you to continue on foot when no other form of transport is of any use You have to be able to trudge on wearing warm heavy clothing whilst lugging weighty expensive equipment, this takes strength and stamina, therefore fitness is a number one requirement.
Taking hundreds of shots of your subject is not necessarily the right way to find your ultimate composition, whereas if you make only a few but selective shots that you feel satisfied with, you come to realise that patience leads to quality and that is the order of the day.
The weather plays a pivotal role in your work and as everyone knows it has a habit of instantly changing it’s mind. To the photographer this can be a Godsend or a nightmare therefore one must go properly equipped to deal with these vagaries that nature will throw at you. Warm clothing and suitable protection for your expensive camera equipment are so important along with everything a survival kit comes with. By ensuring this the photographer will remain confident, safe and retain motivation.
If you want to capture a sunset for example arrive early and scout the area out arund your location selecting the optimum vantage points. It is silly to arrive with only minutes to go and then realise that the best shot would have been achieved on the other side of the of the valley. As well as getting there early it is well to remember it pays to stay a little later as you never know what might occur. Avoid staying in one spot at your location, move around the area and make full use of the changing mood and light of your subject.
Make sure the equipment is of the best standard, one of the most important pieces is a good quality tripod, essential on varying terrain and leaving you hands free. Find out what other colleagues use in their work and view the results on line. If you are impressed with the results then maybe this model of camera or another may well be suitable for you and your aspirations. Again the lenses you choose will dictate what type of shot you wish to make depending on the time of the day, do I use a filter for this or that subject. It’s a matter of finding out what the really good practitioners are using to make their mark on professional landscape photography.
There are many professionals that are easy to find on line who are are willing to share their trade secrets from the written page or more excitingly on photo workshops all over the world in stunning locations. There you can gain some real hands on, invaluable practical experience. So whether it be abroad or at home, just click on and the world is truly your oyster.