Landscape Photography Guidelines
We will continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques today. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll start winning photo contests! It is almost a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you need to get up early in the morning. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a happening we'll call a 'false' dawn and sunset that can produce some absolutely beautiful colours 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 a lot of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At daybreak and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is at the perfect angle to make a great deal of defining shadows. This will add a lot of third dimensionality to your photos and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at noon. You'll 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 lots of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is awful... Get out there! That is certainly the time you'll get the best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially 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 will not occur.
Then, use the mirror lockup feature in case 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. It might appear like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big change.
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 diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What is the most important component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, set the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Put the horizon in the upper third.
They are uncommon, while there are times that putting 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? Be sure you accent that attribute and drive the viewer's focus to it. Don't make the error of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You require a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the exhilaration of the moment, it really 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 compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Finally you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!