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Landscape Photography Tips

We'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It's practically a given!

Yesterday we talked about light.

First we discussed the colour of light... You must 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 past sunset.

At those times there's a happening we will call a 'false' sunrise and sundown that could produce some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.

Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates a lot of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.

At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is at the perfect angle to make a lot of shadows that are defining. This can add your photographs and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!

Try shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, 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 add lots of visual interest to the scene - as well as a lot of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is bad... Get out there! That's the time you will get the very best shots.

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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.

Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the morning and post sunset times - you'll need 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 will not happen.

If your camera has one, then, use the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.

For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a timed shutter release. It might seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a significant 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, framing, diagonals and so on.

Another compositional component to think about is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most important component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, put the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place the horizon in the upper third.

They're rare, while there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure to have a particular reason to do this!

Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make certain you accent that attribute and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the blunder of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You need a star.

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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!

In the exhilaration of the instant, it's simple to forget to do some of these true basic but crucial landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...

Here is your assignment - begin to compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.

Each time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Eventually you'll have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!

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Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!

Today's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.

Previously, we found that the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.

In previous articles, we have mentioned the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photos) the best star is a man! People like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.

In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add a person. In shape showing no element and normally showing full detail.

Today's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite photographs you may really ever create.

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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.

In sundown photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure free of detail is actually fairly simple. In our previous discussions, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!

Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we only have them go dark.

The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the man, so to put in a shape. Your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element, in the event that you meter from the person.

To put it differently, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.

Simple.

The second concern we have in adding a silhouette is actually harder to get right.

Remember, you are adding a contour and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' correctly.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should manage to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.

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This thought is difficult to place in words but easy to comprehend. I'm sure you've seen pictures where the silhouettes mixed together and neither appears right. Someone who has a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree using a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...

Be sure that there is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.

This comprises the ground... Often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avert this type of blending.

The third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your silhouette not reading correctly because it blends with others, it can combine with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.

The pose is crucial to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the man. The very fact that she is a pretty girl doesn't matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is going to be able to tell what she looks like.

Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?

The form could radically change and appear odd in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photos.

Study various poses for their contours and find several you may use if you are creating silhouettes. When the specific situation appears, so you will always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.

Shapes are not just successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church with all the light from outdoor silhouetting them.

Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint on how to get better sunset photography by including shapes. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you have to separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A