Teton National Park Landscape Photography

These photos were taken at the Grand Teton National Park. The ideal way to shoot any landscape photography requires you to have several different items in your tool belt. You will need an ND Filter, a wide frame lens, and a tripod for the best shots! I will explain why you will need these steps to create a beautiful landscape photo.

tokina wide fram lens ND Filter

Filters Are Gold

As you can see above, this first image is clear and has vibrant colors! This is possible because of the moose’s filter. The function of this filter is to allow your camera to have a small aperture to maintain the depth of the colors. This photo was taken at the following settings: aperture f/8.0, shutter speed 1/1600, iso 1600. The settings may not be the same for you because of the moose’s filter. The filter is dark and helps so less light comes into the camera. Think of it this way. Imagine you are out walking on a bright sunny day. The light is to harsh to look with your eyes open completely so you squint. If you were to put on sunglasses you are able to see clearer and see colors a bit better. The filter works the same way. If you go out and plan on shooting lots of landscape I would recommend this filter to get the best colors for your landscape photography.

Wide Lenses are Skinny Legends

Crevice Settings: Aperture f/8.0, Shutter Speed 1/640, ISO 200

Taking a photo of the landscape doesn’t always require you to step really far back to get the best shot. The key to getting everything in the frame is the use of a wide angle lens. The photos in this post were all taken with the Tokina wide angle lens. This allowed me to take some of my best landscape photography. I recommend looking into different options for your budget. The Tokina isn’t the only best available option when it comes to wide angle lenses. Why buy a wide angle lens? Landscape photography is all about large objects in nature. If you are not able to be super far away from it you will end up cropping some of your images. As you can see in this image the image is cropping out a lot of what is in the whole space. For a better landscape image, I would recommend a wide angle lens so you can get all of that epic mountain or a gorgeous sunset. 

wide vs normal

Tripods are Chill to Make Things Still

The image above is a bracketed image. This is when you take three different photos at different exposures, light regular and dark. When you go and edit your photo, you can merge the files together to create one evenly light photo. The program you can use would either be Lightroom Classic or Camera Raw. You will select all three images and then select merge HDR. THen you can go and edit the photo with the best possible light without blowing out or underexposing parts of the images. The tripod comes in handy because the way to get the best bracket is to keep the camera as still as possible. If your image is quite a bit off the programs will do their best to correct this but you may end up with a blurry looking image. Check out Expert Photographer for more tips and tricks on shooting landscape photography!

Moody Mountain: Aperture f/18.0, Shutter Speed 1/20, ISO 800
Outhouse Settings: Aperture f/3.5, Shutter Speed 1/500, ISO 800
Mountain&Valley Settings: Aperture f/18.0, Shutter Speed 1/20, ISO 800