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!