Landscape Photography Tips
Now we'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo contests! It is practically a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you have to get up early in the morning. AND you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sunset that may produce some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and accent.
At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to make lots of defining darkness. This will add your photographs and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes to exactly the same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will definitely add lots 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 bad... Get out there! That is the time you'll get the very best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak and post sunset times - you will need a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates 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 happen.
Afterward, use the mirror lockup feature if 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 timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a significant difference, although it might appear like a bit of overkill.
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 on.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most crucial element 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.
While there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they are rare. Make sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do so!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make certain that characteristic is accented by you and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the excitement of the moment, it's simple to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - start to compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Finally you will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!