Landscape Photography Tips And Hints
We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo contests! It is practically a given!
Yesterday we talked about light.
First we discussed the shade of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you must get up early in the morning. AND you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sundown that may produce some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and emphasize.
At dusk and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to generate plenty of shadows that are defining. This will add your pictures and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at noon. 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 a lot of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the top shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn - you will need 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 won't occur.
In case your camera has one, then, utilize 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 shutter release that is timed. It might appear like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to draw the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines 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 on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they are rare. Be sure to have a special reason to do so!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the blunder of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You require a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques can help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the delight of the moment, it's easy to forget to do some of these true basic but vital landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you are shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Eventually you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!