Watch: Keep These 10 Things in Mind When Shooting Landscapes

Want your grand vistas to look grander? Try these helpful tips.

Whether you're shooting an establishing shot for your film or taking in the epic sights for your travel video, being able to capture spectacular landscapes is an essential skill for all filmmakers. However, these kinds of shots can be tricky, because they not only tend to be difficult to logistically and technically execute but they tend to be challenging aesthetically as well.

In this video, Kai Wong goes over ten things that will help you take better landscapes.

If you're planning on just jumping in your car to shoot landscapes at a random location, you might get lucky and come back with some exquisite images, but chances are you'll be returning home with a bunch of dump. (I don't make the rules.) This is because there are so many variables that need to be accounted for before you hit record. 

What location are you going to? What are the features of that location? Is there anything that will obstruct your view (people, trees, friggin' construction!!!)? What is the weather going to be like? What pieces of gear are you going to need? What exactly are you trying to communicate with your image?

There is so much stuff to think about and that's why it'll do you some good to prepare ahead of time, know the location, know what you need, and know what you want. 

Here are the tips Wong mentions in the video:

  • Location is everything
  • Plan your shots
  • Bring ND filters
  • Bring a camera stabilizer
  • Bring a wide angle lens
  • Take advantage of leading lines
  • Keep an eye on your foreground
  • Large depth of field is the way to go
  • Try aerial landscapes
  • "Don't be a quitter."

What are some other things that should be considered when shooting landscapes? Let us know down below.     

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And the story of brainless tips continues.
Let me add a few to your list:

- put on your shoes before going outside
- tie them good (very important!!)
- don't forget breathing the day

Ok. Seriously, here is my free tip for you for shooting landscapes:
For landscapes, you need that wide shots, so a wid-angle lens.

Depending on the camera sensor size (full frame, MFT, APS-C etc.) and the used optical adapter (e.g. Metabones) and your desired look, you have to try focal lengths from 10mm up to 24mm. Everyhting beyond does not really work.

And finally, my personal tip for you NFS "writers" (sigh):
You should really stop to rehash content from YouTube, especially from youngsters who have not that much experience or are not able to talk without "being cool and hip". You should really look for people in the industry, who have worked 15, 20, 30 years in the business and who can give real advices. Those YouTubers create only...their YouTube videos.... You can see where this is going, right? It is bullshit.

NFS is a kindergarten with no progress and no intellectual development.

January 27, 2018 at 2:14AM, Edited January 27, 2:26AM

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JeffreyWalther
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...and what do kindergarten kids do if they are angry?
They take away the toys from others.
In my case, my so lovely collected NFS points. ;-)

Today, I had a fall from 1485 to 1405 by only making the critical statement above.

Shame on you NFS!
You have no ability to take criticism and
with your punishment, you've just fully proved my statement. Grow up.

January 27, 2018 at 7:45AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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You're absolutely right, but you have to remember NFS is nothing but a blog. Listicles, like this article, allows them to crank out posts at the cost of quality content.

January 27, 2018 at 11:23AM

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Charles Duoto
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Why are you being a dick?

January 27, 2018 at 1:49PM

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Jwalker
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I utter objective and constructive criticism hoping this will help increasing quality of this site.

January 28, 2018 at 12:44AM

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JeffreyWalther
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And I suppose you know kindergarten kids act, huh?

January 27, 2018 at 1:50PM

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Jwalker
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Yes. Because I am a father and know how kids react. Every parent could see the similarities with this site.

January 28, 2018 at 12:46AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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Jeff, you literally just wasted your time giving "constructive criticism". No one is going to read that from NFS and go "hmmmm, this guy has a point". I'm pretty sure they're well aware of their content and who it's meant for. If you think it's necessary to be a child and cry about, then yell at your computer screen or something. There's no need to be a dick and try to pass it off like you were doing some kind of good.

****TBH, there really isn't a whole lot going on in the film world everyday to always be writing the intellectually profound articles you desire.

January 29, 2018 at 8:29AM, Edited January 29, 8:30AM

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Alex Alva
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I created an account just so I could agree with JeffW.

January 27, 2018 at 11:07AM

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January 28, 2018 at 7:46AM

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