Landscape Photography Recommendations
We'll continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques today. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll start winning photo contests! It is almost a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the colour of light... You need to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there's a phenomenon we'll call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sundown that could produce some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates plenty of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at the best angle to create a great deal of defining darkness. This will add lots of third dimensionality to your photos and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dawn and dusk, then compare the results to exactly 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 lots of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is lousy... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the very best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, particularly in the predawn - you'll need a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
If your camera has one, then, make use of the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, use a timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference, although it might seem like a bit of overkill.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to attract the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional component to think about 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, put the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call, they're rare. Be sure to are in possession of a certain reason to do so!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Do not make the mistake of attempting to make the whole scene equally significant. You require a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to begin getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the moment, it really is easy to forget to do some of these true basic but vital landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - 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.
Every time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Eventually you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!