Landscape Photography Tips
We'll continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques today. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo competitions! It is nearly a given!
We discussed light.
First we discussed the shade of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak and you have to get up early in the morning. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'fictitious' dawn and sunset that could create some absolutely beautiful colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At twilight and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is right at an ideal angle to create lots of darkness that are defining. This can add your photographs and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both twilight and dawn, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at noon. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will definitely add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - in addition to lots of shade. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is awful... Get out there! That's the time you'll get the very best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak - you'll require an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.
In case your camera has one, subsequently, use the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a shutter release that is timed. It may seem like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major difference.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What's the most important component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set in the upper third.
They are uncommon, while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Make sure you are in possession of a certain reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make certain that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the blunder of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will allow you to start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the delight of the moment, it is easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - start to compose 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.
Every time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!