Landscape Photography Helpful hints
We will continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques today. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will start winning photo competitions! It's almost a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'bogus' dawn and sunset that can produce 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 discipline. This creates a lot of shadows that define their muscles and accent.
At twilight and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is right at the best angle to create plenty of shadows that are defining. This will definitely add your pictures and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both twilight and dawn, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at noon. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This will add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - as well as a lot of color. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is poor... Get out there! That's the time you will get the top shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn and post sunset times - you will require a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of attempting to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.
In case your camera has one, afterward, 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, use a shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major difference, although it may seem like a bit of overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract on 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 element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set in the upper third.
They're rare while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure that characteristic is accented by you and drive the viewer's focus to it. Don't make the mistake of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You require a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the delight of the moment, it really is simple to forget to do some of these true basic but essential landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - start to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you are shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Eventually you will get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!