In Nepal, you have a variety of interesting subjects. But landscapes – almost always enhanced by the Himalayas – will surely become your priority.
Richard, with over 30 years of experience as a professional travel photographer, possesses an ocean of knowledge.
During our 12-day assignment to Nepal, he openly and generously shared this knowledge with me. He answered all my questions and constantly asked to check if I was shooting with the right camera configurations.
He passed onto me many years of expertise. I hope to do the same for you here with 5 tips I learnt from the scholarship.
Collect as much detail of the places you’ll visit as possible. This’ll save you time on the ground so you don’t have to deal with logistics.
Most importantly, find out about the weather you’ll be facing during the trip. Especially in Nepal, this is important to consider, as it typically has two monsoon seasons a year and you need to be prepared.
When you’re on the ground, ask the locals for advice and take time to wander through the place in search of the highest viewpoints.
It’s also important to properly acknowledge what you see, as shooting mountains randomly is different to shooting Mount Everest specifically.
The great shots that you’re looking for will most probably be enhanced by a great light – especially sunrise or sunset. So be prepared for that perfect lighting opportunity.
You must already be positioned with your tripod, have the right camera settings, and fully aware before this moment.
The window of opportunity is smaller than you think and you don’t want to miss that perfect shot fiddling with settings.
I also learnt the importance of a remote shutter release. Not only can you avoid moving your camera (especially for those long shutter speeds), but saves those valuable seconds of the light while you play with your subject, instead of the camera self-timer.
Whether your subject is the Himalayas, or the cities, your vantage point is the key to a great shot.
Landscape photography isn’t only about a clear view and great light, it’s also whether you’re in the right place to take your shots.
The higher your vantage point, the better and clearer the view. So, be ready for a hike. This’ll be easier if you’re not carrying complex and heavy gear.
Landscape camera lenses are heavier than standard zoom lenses, so your camera, a couple of lenses, and your tripod will be enough for you to carry.
Once you find your subject, play with your focal length and composition, and try to get as many shots as possible. This’ll give you more opportunities to get the great image you want.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and find a fresh perspective on a subject.
When you’re waiting for a specific light to hit your subject, you may have to wait for some time. So always be prepared with winter gear – particularly at high points.
Gloves are very important. Fingerless gloves will allow you to manipulate your camera settings while shooting in cold places.
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