Tag along in this first part of a two part series with Photographer Margot Taylor and get the feeling of working with Margot. As I take you through considerations to capture the best landscape image photograph.
First off, capturing the image closest to the desired end product is obviously the best starting point before post production. But what considerations should you take into account out in the field, and what (technical) short cuts are available?
Long exposures up to a minute with neutral density (filters 6 stops down) to get movement in shot and graduation filters to keep detail in the shadow areas, using the software to add the drama. There is a good tool; very handy - using the i-phone to select the position of your tripod head when setting up legs, use a hand held metre to know the highlight areas (or take a test shot) and see the highlights.
My kit that I go traveling with is: spare charged batteries, extra card (can't forget the film - for all those photographers from the SLR days), tripod, cable release, camera with a lens and a optional spare lens which I carry on a waist belt (usually a zoom if I get into an awkward place and can not access my ideal tripod set up area. i-phone
Sample picture - Overcast day 1 minute exposure. ISO 50