Watching the pictures of Alaska can be attractive for any photographer to take such amazing shots, not only because of the beautiful images of Alaska, but also because of our common-shared love to nature and landscape photos.
While the pictures of Alaska are so gorgeous with the compositions of sky, forest, fogs and mountains, it is very challenging and requires very good experience with landscape photography in order to catch any of the amazing moments such as the Alaska pics below.
Taking pictures of Alaska scenes requires good understanding to some tips and techniques especially if the trip is expensive and you need to return home with the best shots ever.
Generally, there are some common tips that you can consider during taking the pictures of Alaska similar to any outdoor photos. here are few of these tips:
Notice the horizontal lines in Alaska photos
If you see previous images of Alaska, you will find there is always a horizontal line that the eye can follow and determine the vanishing point in the shot. Therefor, it is good idea to consider the horizontal line in your shots.
Alaska morning fog by Bcanepa_Photos
Mouth of the Matanuska Glacier – Alaska by Dhilung Kirat
Add a focal point in your composition
As every shot needs a focal point. You need to find a focal point in the pictures of Alaska. This focal point can be a mountain, frees, old house or one of the Alaskan animals similar to the Alaska pics below.
Try different composition ideas
In addition to the ordinary pictures of Alaska, you can experience different shots such as the Aurora photo below and the images of anchorage Alaska. The night photography can give you amazing composition ideas to photograph as well.
Alaska by Loopeehoopee
Air Traffic Control – Homer, Alaska by Len Radin
Take the pictures of Alaska during the golden hours
Most photographers know this rules and try to get the pictures either in the very early morning or after noon to avoid the high intensity of the sun light and get warm and nice light theme over the images.
Use a tripod for steady shots
As a result for slow shutter speed, the shot may be affected with any slight movement such as you hand pushing the button of the weather around. Therefore the tripod can ensure a stead and sharp shot especially with the pictures of Alaska where the weather is unexpected.
Up, up up in the Brooks Range by Paxson Woelber
Alaska Seasons by Black Gryph0n
Alaska by Rippcard
Increase the depth of field
The narrow depth of field helps you to take sharp and clear photos for the landscape of Alaska and avoid blurry pics. The narrow aperture mean that you should choose large number as the low number refers to shallow depth of field.
The narrow depth of field reduces the light of the image of Alaska, thus you may need to overcome this by increasing the ISO or slowing the shutter speed.
Winner Creek Gorge, Alaska by LiquidDenny
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska (NASA, International Space Station, 05/23/06)
The above photo is taken by NASA for an erupted volcano and the editor describes the photo as following:
Eruption of Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 13 crewmember on the International Space Station. This eruption was first reported to the Alaska Volcano Observatory by astronaut Jeffrey N. Williams, NASA space station science officer and flight engineer. This image, acquired shortly after the beginning of the eruption, captures the ash plume moving west-southwest from the summit vent. The eruption was short-lived; the plume had completely detached from the volcano summit two hours later.
Alaska morning by Steve Wall
The above pictures for Alaska can give you ideas and experience about the types of shots that you can take during your travel for similar places around the work. You can also check Amazing Landscape Photography for Iceland by Jerome Berbigier, How to take Eye Catching Wildlife Photographs and Creative Ways to Shoot Winter Photos for inspiring ideas.