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Composition - The Heart of the Photo

Composition is the spirit of the photo. Composition leads to the work of art that begins from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you free the spirit to experience the universe around you and disconnect together with the interior battles of everyday life. Experiencing nature and truly being in the moment links you with all around you.

It might sound like meditation, but comprehension of your surroundings without hindrance of outside thoughts clears the mind and sharpening your perceptions. Where you didn't see them before pictures seem. The elements begin to art and align appears.

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Joseph Cornell in his novel 'Listening to Nature How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature' had this exercise. Walk into an area that you would like to photograph. Rather than shooting and setting the camera up. Sit down. Wait. Relax. Be still and feel the second. Really softly become conscious of nature. The Native Americans called this 'quiet hunting'. You will be spoken to by nature, but you have to be quiet. Nature speaks softly. In the event you are patient, nature will reveal herself to you. And incredible images will appear.

There are many times that I have entered the woods with camera in hand and not found anything that I wanted to photograph. It might be that I was not prepared or nature didn't need to reveal herself. That day, perhaps she did not feel photogenic. Scenes appear as if by magic, other days. If you can not find anything to shoot on any given day so don't be disappointed. Use that time to scout the area for future chances and revel in the fact that you have an opportunity to be outside.

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Choose this as a chance to plan for future shots. At these times think, what if the light was coming from an alternate direction. A better image may be produced by coming back in the early morning or late day. Seasons change the landscape. Maybe shooting in the autumn, with the leaf in brilliant colors, or winter with a fresh layer of snow would create the photo that you would like.

Do not hurry yourself when seeking that image. Time with nature is a joy all by its own self. In the event you don't find anything to shoot, the absolute pleasure of being one with the outside is worth the encounter.

On what's required to shoot at nighttime, to help anyone that is curious I Have recorded a number of tips below. I have been getting a little into nighttime landscape photography of late. Last night I had lots of enjoyment with some fellow pictures playing with different coloured lights to create effects that we can not record with ordinary individual eyesight. Long exposures open-up a world of imagination and possibilities. The image below was taken over the course of 2 minutes whilst my fellow photographer buddy Ian Dixon slowly moved his feet 360 degrees around a pivot point whilst spinning a coloured LED light. Whilst it seems like a straightforward process in theory it's in fact quite catchy to form a perfect sphere as the distance in the swings has to be kept steady. Getting it right makes for an interesting effect and something to add further visual interest to a night time landscape photograph.

Nighttime Landscape Photography Suggestions:

Please note you'll require a camera equipped with the flash mode

Look through the optical view finder - Live View is going to be useless to you personally when composing an image. Better still try and arrive whilst it is still light to let you compose the scene and focus

Should you need to focus in the dark, use a torch to illuminate the focal point by illuminating the desired focus point, and when you can't manually focus, place the lens to infinity and back it off by only a millimetre or two

Establish your White Balance to Auto

With your camera set to Aperture Priority (AV) mode, set the aperture to f/8 and improve your camera's ISO to the maximum (i.e. 1600). Depress the shutter button and observe what the shutter speed that is derived is

Now switch from the AV mode to the Flash mode - this is the only mode which allows you to capture exposures greater than 30 seconds

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Eventually, fall the ISO to 100 and adjust the shutter speed to compensate. As an example, decreasing the ISO from 1600 down to 100 symbolizes 4 stops (800, 400, 200, 100) where every single time you halve the value it equals to one stop. This implies that if the shutter speed was 30 seconds formerly then it'd have to be adjusted to increase by 4 stops which would be 480 secs (8 minutes) (60, 120, 240, 480). It's important to maintain depth of field that you just desire and not the aperture as to modify the shutter speed

Bonus Tip: Avoid turning on the camera's noise reduction as it will result in taking longer for the image to write to the memory card (the same amount of time as required for the exposure) before becoming available for viewing on the LCD screen. Instead reduce any sound which could have been introduced into the image during the Post Production process