Landscape Photography Tips And Hints
Today we'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will start winning photo contests! It is practically a given!
Yesterday we talked about light.
First we discussed the shade of light... You must get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'false' sunrise and sunset that can produce some absolutely beautiful colors 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 discipline. This creates a lot of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.
At daybreak and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to create lots of defining shadows. This can add your pictures and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both twilight and dawn, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will add plenty of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of shade. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is lousy... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will get the top shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the morning and post sunset times - you will require a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field requires shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
In case your camera has one, subsequently, make use of the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, make use of a timed shutter release. It might seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major change.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to draw on the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What's the most crucial element 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? Put the horizon in the upper third.
They are rare, while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you have a certain reason to do that!
Last but not least... Make fully sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not make the blunder of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You will need a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the excitement of the moment, it is simple to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - start to compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Eventually you'll get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!