Landscape Photography Ideas
We'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo competitions! It is practically a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'false' sunrise and sunset that could produce some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates a lot of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At dusk and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is at the right angle to create lots of darkness that are defining. This can add a great deal of third dimensionality to your photos and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both twilight and morning, then compare the outcomes to exactly 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 lots of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is poor... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the best shots.
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Now, 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 long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.
Then, use the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, use a shutter release that is timed. It may seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! 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 exactly is the most important 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? Place the horizon in the upper third.
They are uncommon while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure you have a specific reason to do this!
Last but not least... Ensure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make certain you accent that feature and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not make the blunder of attempting to make the whole scene equally significant. You will need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the exhilaration of the moment, it is easy 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 tricks and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you are shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Eventually you'll get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!