Landscape Photography Hints
Today we'll continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs 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 need to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there's a phenomenon we will call a 'bogus' sunrise and sunset that could produce some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and highlight.
At dusk and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at an ideal angle to make plenty of darkness that are defining. This will definitely add a great deal of third dimensionality to your photographs and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dawn and dusk, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at midday. You may never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will definitely add plenty of visual interest to the scene - as well as plenty of color. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That's the time you will receive the best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, particularly in the morning - you will require a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field requires shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
If your camera has one, then, 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 timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major change, 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 audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What is the most crucial element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, set the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set in the upper third.
They are rare while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure you have a certain reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make fully 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. Do not make the mistake 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 begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the exhilaration of the instant, it is easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - start to compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and stick 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 hints and techniques checklist! Eventually you will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!