Landscape Photography Tips And Hints
We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints today. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo contests! It's almost a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
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 dawn. AND you also have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there's a happening we will call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sundown that may create some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and emphasize.
At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to generate a great deal of shadows that are defining. This will add a great deal of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will definitely add plenty of visual interest to the scene - in addition to a lot of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That's the time you will receive the very best shots.
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Today, let us add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the morning - you will require a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field requires shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of trying to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Afterward, utilize the mirror lockup feature in case 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 timed shutter release. It may seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference.
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 element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What is the most crucial element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Put the horizon in the upper third.
They're rare, while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure to are in possession of a special reason to do this!
Last but not least... Ensure that your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure that characteristic is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the error of attempting to make the entire scene equally significant. You need a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the moment, it's easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but vital landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - start to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips 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 are shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!