(Nancy Kaufman) #1

contrast of the snow on rock walls and trees
[1+4+5]. All you have to do is plan to shoot
during the hours close to sunrise and
sunset [1+3], to take advantage of cool
colours and intense light.
Regarding the Milky Way, I prefer to shoot
it between March and April [2], when the
centre starts to face the horizon. Cold
temperatures help to prevent humidity,
which would decrease the stars’ visibility
and affect the sharpness of the final result.

Dress to impress
Wearing suitable clothing is crucial. My
shoots take place at sunrise, sunset and
during the night, when temperatures can
drop well below zero. You also need to have
a stable tripod and spare batteries – they
run out a lot faster when it’s cold!
Live View is really useful for focusing
on stars, I’d also recommend disabling
Vibration Reduction (if you have it), when
using a tripod. To get a panoramic picture of
a landscape it’s important to set the tripod
head perfectly level. When you’re shooting
every photograph has to overlay the
previous one by about 1/3 of the image [2].

My favourite mountain pictures always have
an epic look. In order to achieve this result
I choose shooting times close to sunrise or
sunset; when shadows stretch across the
ground and create paths that help lead the
viewer’s gaze [1+3].
When I look back at my pictures I always
think they could be improved, that next time
the light could be stronger and more
colourful, or that I’d be able to find a better
composition. When it comes to landscape
photography you want to revisit locations,
because the best photograph will always
be the last one you took.


Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: 20mm f/1.8
Exposure: 1/5 sec, f/13, ISO100

Igor’s Top Tips

  • The best time to shoot the Milky Way
    arch in the northern hemisphere is at
    the end of winter or start of spring.

  • Plan your shoot, and factor in the time
    it will take to reach your location.

  • Use a solid tripod that won’t move
    in windy conditions.

Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Exposure: 8 secs, f/13, ISO250

[4] It might seem obvious, but warm
clothing is a big consideration when
heading into the mountains.

[5] Igor uses a sturdy tripod that
won’t wobble in the windy conditions
experienced high above sea level.


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