Landscape Photography Recommendations
We will continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques today. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It's practically a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... You must get up early in the morning and start 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's a phenomenon we will call a 'false' sunrise and sunset that may create some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates plenty of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.
At daybreak and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to make plenty of darkness that are defining. This will add your photographs and a lot of third dimensionality 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 may never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will definitely add a lot of visual interest to the scene - in addition to a lot of shade. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is poor... Get out there! That's the time you will receive the best 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 predawn - 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 trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.
If your camera has one, then, use 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 seem like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major change.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to draw 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 crucial component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, set on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Put in the upper third.
While there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they're rare. Make sure you are in possession of a certain reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure you accentuate that feature and drive the audience's attention to it. Don't make the mistake of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You'll 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 pictures!
In the excitement of the instant, it's simple to forget to do some of these true basic but essential 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 tricks 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 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!