Landscape Photography Guidelines
Now we will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will start winning photo contests! It is practically a given!
Yesterday we discussed light.
First we discussed the colour of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND also you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there is a happening we'll call a 'false' sunrise and sundown that could create some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates a lot of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to make plenty of shadows that are defining. This will definitely add your pictures and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at noon. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This can add a lot of visual interest to the scene - in addition to lots of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak and post sunset times - you'll need an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't happen.
Afterward, make use of the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a timed shutter release. It might seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major change.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to attract the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most important component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, put on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place in the upper third.
They are uncommon, while there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the right call. Make sure you are in possession of a certain reason to do this!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure you emphasize that feature and drive the viewer's attention to it. Don't make the blunder of attempting to make the whole scene equally significant. You need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the excitement of the moment, it's simple to forget to do some of these true basic but essential landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you are shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!