Digital Camera Strategies For English West Virginia

Landscape Photography Techniques

We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips today. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll start winning photo contests! It is nearly a given!

Yesterday we talked about light.

First we discussed the shade of light... You need to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND also you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.

At those times there is a happening we'll call a 'bogus' sunrise and sunset that can produce some absolutely stunning colours 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 a lot of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.

At daybreak and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at an ideal angle to produce a great deal of defining darkness. This can add a lot of third dimensionality to your photographs and make them come alive!

Try shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the outcomes to exactly the same scene shot at noon. You may never sleep in again!

Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will definitely 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 current weather is poor... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will get the top shots.

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Today, let us add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.

Make use of a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the morning - you will need a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs 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.

In case your camera has one, subsequently, utilize 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. It might appear like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major change.

Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract on the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.

Another compositional component to consider is the horizon, make it level! What's 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? Put the horizon in the upper third.

While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call, they're rare. Be sure to are in possession of a specific reason to do so!

Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure you emphasize that feature and drive the viewer's attention to it. Don't make the error of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You need a star.

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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques can help you begin getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!

In the delight of the instant, it is simple to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...

Here is your duty - begin to compose 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.

Every time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you'll get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!