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Pro Tips to Capture Best Mountain Photos and Videos in Australia

Witnessing the breathtaking grandeur landscape of Australian mountains can truly make any person whip out a camera outdoors and take photos. While the view of the mountains conjures one’s responses of awe and appreciation of nature’s beauty, capturing these emotions using the device can be quite tough. Indeed, doing mountain photography is more difficult than most people think.

Maybe people have this notion that it is easy for photographers and videographers to capture these beautiful landforms because they get to point their cameras into the direction of a subject that is just there—stationary. Yet many people don’t realize that getting the desired outcome of a magnificent mountain photo usually involves photographers doing trial and error. They take as much as photos as they possibly can with the use of a variety of lenses, as well as tweak their cameras’ settings. More importantly, they take into account natural light, which is one of the most crucial aspects in taking perfect landscape pictures.

Light in relation to taking mountain landscape pictures takes into consideration these pertinent characteristics which help a photographer or videographer in obtaining the desired effect that people want to see. One of them is the quality of light. Here, light is either soft or intense if the weather condition is cloudy or sunny, respectively. Another quality of light that should be taken into consideration is the direction where the light is coming from. Here, light is either at the side, at the front, or the back of the mountain. The temperature of light is also considered, which is determined on the time of day—sunrise, sunset, or midday.

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Meanwhile, here are some of the other considerations in taking great mountain photos aside from taking advantage of light:

  • Mountains should not always be the only thing that stands out in the photos. Well, they should always be standing out, but including trees and other foliage, rocky formations, cabins and other man-made structures, wildlife, or water systems such as lakes and rivers would perfectly complement the resulting landscape mountain photos. These elements are found in photos’ foreground, creating a great sense of depth. However, it is important to not overcrowd the foreground so as not to distract the viewer.
  • Mountains may not be moving, but some other elements around it do. Blowing wind through foliage and trees, moving clouds, and flying birds in the air are just some of the many natural movements that occur within mountainous environments. Thus, it is important to also capture them along with the dominating mountain landscape in order to accentuate the resulting photo’s mood and drama. Longer shutter speeds are imperative to capture such moments, which would require smaller apertures and use of filters. If you have a drone with camera, you can capture stunning video of the mountain and its surrounding elements like the sky, clouds, and trees and come up with a dramatic time-lapse shot.
  • The sky should always be a part of the mountain landscape. The sky is another element that helps define mountain photos. It can dominate the landscape than the foreground, especially if it evokes drama and some interesting colors and cloud formations. However, it may not dominate the landscape, especially if it is quite boring, so the photographer must put emphasis on the foreground and on the mountain itself.
  • Wide lenses capture everything. Landscape photos should let the viewer see the whole scene. This is especially important in taking pictures of mountains. If using a drone with camera, make sure to use a camera with wide angle lens to capture the scene. Indeed, if the viewer finds something that is missing on the photo, there would be no point in enjoying the scenic beauty of the subject.

Australian mountains are truly photogenic. These natural beauties provide angles and overall inspiration for photographers to capture with the use of their cameras and lenses. But in order to capture the perfect landscape photos, the very important aspect of light, as well as the other things listed above, must be considered.

 

Written by Alice Walker