Landscape Photography Points
Now we'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It is almost a given!
Yesterday we discussed light.
First we discussed the color of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there is a happening we'll call a 'fictitious' dawn and sunset that may create some absolutely stunning colors 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 area. This creates a lot of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to generate lots of defining shadows. This will add a great deal of third dimensionality to your photographs and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dawn and twilight, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This can add plenty of visual interest to the scene - as well as 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's the time you will get the best shots.
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Today, let us add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Use a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak - 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 competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
In case 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, make use of a timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference, although it might appear like a little overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional component 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, set the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Put in the upper third.
They are uncommon while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure to are in possession of a certain reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain you emphasize that attribute and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the mistake of attempting to make the whole scene equally important. You will need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you begin getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the delight of the moment, it really is simple to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but vital landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - start 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're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you'll get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!