Landscape Photography Guidelines
Now we will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll start winning photo contests! It's almost a given!
We discussed light.
First we discussed the colour of light... You need to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'fictitious' dawn and sundown that may produce some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates plenty of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.
At dusk and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is at the perfect angle to make lots of defining shadows. This can add your photographs and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both twilight and morning, then compare the outcomes to exactly the 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 lots of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is poor... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will get the very best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the morning and post sunset times - you will need a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Subsequently, make use of the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, use a shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a significant change, although it might appear like a little overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to draw on the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so on.
Another compositional component to consider is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most important element 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 are rare while there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the right call. Make sure you are in possession of a special reason to do so!
Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain you stress that feature and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the entire 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 photos!
In the excitement of the moment, it is easy to forget to do some of these true basic but vital landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to constitute 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.
Each time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you'll have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!