Shoot and edit vivid landscape photos

Use this handy guide to help you capture bright and colourful vistas to be proud of

With landscape photography, it’s possible to convey a whole range of styles and emotions, all with just a few in-camera and editing considerations. Perhaps you want a retro feel with fading colours and soft focus, or a dramatic and moody look with dark, cloudy skies and bare trees. Alternatively, a really eye-catching option is to shoot a vivid landscape with bright and bold colours. Spring and summer are the perfect time to capture this style of landscape, with foliage at its most vibrant and (with a bit of luck) bright blue skies. You could also venture out at dawn or dusk to capture the golden colours of sunrise or sunset in your shot.

Remember to apply the essential rules of landscape photography: keeping the background and foreground in focus; carefully composing your shot; and using a tripod if you plan to use a slow shutter speed. If you wish to use a long exposure to capture the movement of water or clouds in your scene, then be aware that you may need to use a filter to block out some of the light. Using a slow shutter speed on a bright, sunny day could leave you with an overexposed photo if too much light enters your lens, so a Neutral Density filter will ensure a well-exposed shot.

Many cameras come with some handy modes to help you take a vivid landscape photo, but don’t worry if you are struggling to get the effect you want on your shoot — we’ll also show you how to boost the effect on your computer at home. Simply follow the easy steps below.

Bright and beautiful Capture a vibrant vista

01 Look for colour

Firstly, find a scene that has plenty of colour. Perhaps look for vibrant foreground interest such as a field full of flowers. It also helps if you have a bright blue or golden sky, so think about the time of day and the weather you are shooting in.

02 Choose your settings

If your camera has a vivid picture mode, use that to boost the colours. Team it up with Aperture Priority mode and select a narrow aperture (high f-number) to create lots of depth of field and keep everything in the scene, from the front to the back, in focus.

03 Use a scene mode

Many cameras come with a dedicated scene mode which will select the optimum settings for you. It will also help you to produce a vivid image, as it usually boosts the greens and blues (the most common landscape colours) to make them brighter.

04 Compose correctly

Think about where you want everything in the frame. Use the rule of thirds to position your main focal point off-centre and look for lead-in lines like fences or pathways to guide the viewer through the shot. You may want to use your camera’s gridlines as well.

05 Boost vibrancy

If your image is still looking a little flat and dull, increase the brightness using editing software when you get home. Most programs will allow you to adjust the saturation of your image, so boost the slider to make the colours appear more vibrant.

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