While the snow level may vary in any given year, the landscapes surrounding Mammoth Lakes are unlimited and year round. While the views are easy to enjoy simply by taking a hike or going skiing, it can be very challenging to take a good photo of such scenes, let alone capture the experience in a photograph. The best way to take a good shot is by getting out a lot and learning through trial and error, but here are a few tips to get you a head start on improving your landscape photography.
1. Have the right gear.
The best camera is the one you have, but there is no substitute for a tripod. While anyone can get lucky and take a pretty shot of a landscape, a tripod will help you systematically compose your photograph, keep the horizon straight, and eliminate the blur your hands will create during low light conditions (more on this below).
And if you don’t have a wide angle lense to capture the vast landscapes surrounding Mammoth, consider taking multiple shots from the tripod that you can later merge into one photograph with software like Photoshop.