The latest phones like the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, OnePlus 7 Pro or Google Pixel 4 have cameras on board that can take beautiful photographs compare to DSLRs.
In this guide, we show you how to take landscape photos with your phone, whether it’s rural countryside or heart of the mountains.
Lenses For Your Phone
If you do not have a built-in wide-angle mode, you should take a look at Moment’s range of phone lenses, available for all recent iPhones, Galaxy phones, Pixels and OnePlus phones. They’re made of high quality glass and the wide-angle lens lets you to capture amazing photos that can’t be taken with the standard camera view.
Filter Adapters For Your Phone
Moment also makes filter adapters, such as polarizers, which can help reduce reflections on water and boost the colors in the sky. You can also use professional square Lee filter adapters which slide through a 62 mm adapter ring to a holder connected to the adapter.
Portable Charger For Your Phone
A portable phone charger is also a great idea if you’re going out and planing on shooting all day. The Anker PowerCore 20,100 mAh which has enough juice to recharge your phone several times.
Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of correct clothing. If you’re hiking into the hills, sturdy boots are essential to avoid a twisted ankle. A good waterproof coat is a must, a lightweight, packable midlayer jacket – is great to keep stuffed in your bag in case the temperature starts to drop.
Camera Settings For Your Phone
If you have a “pro” mode on your phone which provides the manual settings control, switch to that mode. If not, Apps such as Moment, Lightroom and MuseCam allow you to adjust settings such as ISO, shutter speed and white balance.
The apps also let you shoot in raw format. The downside to shooting in raw is that your images will need some work in an editing app like Lightroom or Snapseed before you can share them.
Photographing landscapes is often a slower and spending time in editing is all part of the experience of crafting a beautiful image.
Best Time To Shoot
Time is everything in landscape photography, because the lighting changes completely. The best time is either at sunrise or at sunset. The sun is low in the sky both times of day, resulting in directional light and long shadows cast over the scene.
Watch The Weather
In any outdoor photography, weather plays a big role. Different weather conditions will change your scene and change its mood, light and color completely. Yet bad weather doesn’t really means bad pictures. Keep an eye on your weather app and make the decision based on what’s predicted. As long as you’ve packed the right clothing, you can handle the worst of the weather, and if it gets too bad then navigate Google Map.
Experiment With Your Wide & Zoom Lenses
Now is the time to try if your phone has the wide-angle mode. And you can use extra lenses to achieve the same effect if you don’t have a wide mode on your phone.
Super-wide landscapes can be dramatic, because in a single picture they capture so much of a scene. Once you have seen the scene in full, try to focus on some of the details of the telephoto zoom lenses on your phone. Look for interesting, landscape patterns or odd scene shapes, all aspects that can sooner or later appear as you zoom in and crop out other elements.
Try New Composition
To get the best out of your wide shots you need to think about new ways for compositions.
Seek the scenes for the foreground. Trees, rocks and even some stunning wildflowers can all be used. Spend a couple of minutes having a look around for something you can place in your shot to help bring the scene together.
Leading lines are also great elements to find a perfect composition of a landscape. Keep an eye for paths or other long elements which wind into the scene.
If your phone displays grid lines, make sure that your horizon line is straight. Then double-check, you won’t cut off your subject by accident. Remember, you can do much to enhance a mediocre picture with editing.