Shoot more often
Let’s put this as simple as possible: the more you practice, the more you’ll learn. This is especially important in the early stages when you’re still learning the basics.
Don’t be afraid to bring the camera with you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see a great shot, take a few images just to get the feel of how ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed work together.
Shooting more often lets you get a better understanding of the camera and you quickly start to see how the different elements work together. Not only will you learn the fundamentals quicker, you’ll also start seeing improvement in your compositions.
It’s not about the camera or lens
Surprisingly often I hear people say “had I only owned a better camera or lens my images would be so much better”. This is 100% bullsh*t! Having a better camera won’t automatically make you a better photographer. In fact, a high end DSLR camera is much more advanced so the possibilities are that you’ll stick to using Automatic Mode.
While certain equipment is essential for better images, a camera is a camera. You won’t begin to see big differences before printing large prints or doing certain things such as night photography or use bulb mode. Start spending time photographing rather than complaining about your camera; that’s what will make you improve your landscape photography!
Filters are considered important for landscape photography. It’s true that some techniques (such as long exposure photography) can be achieved without filters but the quality won’t be the same. Most landscape photographers won’t leave without their filters as they can be beneficial in the majority of images.
ND and Graduated ND Filter on a Square Filter System
The most common filters are Neutral Density Filters, Circular Polarisers and Graduated Neutral Density Filters. UV Filters are also common to use but these won’t make a visual difference on your images. The main purpose of UV Filters is to protect the front element of your lens.