Landscape Photography Hints
We'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will begin winning photo competitions! It is almost a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak and you must get up early in the morning. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there's a phenomenon we will call a 'false' dawn and sundown that may create some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates lots of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.
At dusk and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to create a lot of darkness that are defining. This can add a lot of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at noon. You'll 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 a lot of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the daybreak and post sunset times - you'll require an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.
Then, utilize the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major change, although it might seem like a little overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to draw the audience'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's the most crucial 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? Put in the upper third.
While there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the right call, they are uncommon. Be sure you are in possession of a certain reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make sure that characteristic is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the mistake of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You require 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 exhilaration of the moment, it's simple 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 - start to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you are shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you'll have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!