Starting out in landscape photography can be a daunting experience.  ’There are so many good landscape photos out there, how can I possibly compete?’  Well, you don’t need to compete right off the bat.  Get out there and get some practice in first.

So, what do you need to take a good landscape photograph?

An entry level DSLR and the kit lens would be a good start.  A kit lens is generally a budget lens that comes with the camera (usually around 18-55mm).  And considering that the best times to take landscape photographs are around 1 hour after sunrise and 1 hour before sunset, a tripod will be necessary to stop camera shake.  You can find sturdy tripods at quite a good price, as you spend more you will find some models provide extra features but the main drawcard for more expensive models is that they weigh far less.

The last thing you will need are lens filters.  A circular polarizer should be top of the list.  The polarizing filter reduces glare, increases saturation in colors, and emphasizes reflections.  No landscape photographer should be without one.  Graduated filters are also a great investment, these are designed to darken bright skies and lower contrast levels so that you don’t end up with a nicely metered foreground but a blown out sky, or a nicely metered sky and too dark foreground.  The screw in type are cheaper, but the slot in system is by far more versatile and better in the long run.

So, that’s it.  Get out there and start shooting.  Of course you will need a bag to carry everything in, and make sure you take along some food and maps if you are planning to take a longer trek into the wilderness.

Happy shooting!

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