Finding A Professional Look And Feel In Any Landscape Photographs For Chandler Heights Arizona

Composition - The Heart of the Photo

Composition is the soul of the photo. Composition contributes to the work of art that begins from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you free the spirit to have the world around you and disconnect together with the internal struggles of everyday life. Experiencing nature and actually being in the moment links you with all around you.

It may sound like meditation, but the mind is cleared by awareness of your surroundings without hindrance of external thoughts and sharpening your senses. Where you did not see them before images appear. The elements start to align and art emerges.

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Joseph Cornell in his book 'Listening to Nature How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature' had this exercise. Walk into an area which you would like to photograph. Rather than shooting and setting the camera up. Sit down. Wait. Relax. Be still and feel the instant. Quite quietly become conscious of nature. The Native Americans called this 'silent hunting'. You will be spoken to by nature, but you have to be quiet. Nature speaks gently. In the event that you are patient, nature will reveal herself to you. And incredible pictures will appear.

There are many times that I've entered the woods with camera in hand and not found anything that I needed to photograph. It may be that I wasn't prepared or nature did not wish to show herself. That day, maybe she did not feel photogenic. Scenes appear as if by magic, other days. So do not be disappointed if you can't find anything to shoot on any given day. Use that time to scout the place for future opportunities and revel in the fact that you've got an opportunity to be outside.

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Take this as the opportunity to plan for future shots. At these times think, what if the light was coming from a different direction. A better image may be produced by coming back in the early morning or late day. The landscape changes. Perhaps shooting with the leaves in brilliant colors, in the autumn, or winter with a fresh layer of snow would create the photo that you would like.

When seeking that image, do not run yourself. Time with nature is a delight all by its self. In case you don't find anything to shoot, the sheer delight of being one with the outside is worth the experience.

For today's photo hint, lets chat a bit about landscape photography tips and techniques. Many people have not actually tried using them, although this is going to be a review of matters we have discussed before. Place as a goal for this weekend to get out there and use these landscape photography tips and methods to create something you can be proud of!

Light - with a portrait, we have total control. We can adjust the light levels, we can place our light where we desire, we can set modifiers in front of it - like umbrellas, scrims, diffusion stuff, gobos and so on... We may do pretty much anything we need to get the image our mind has conjured up!

With cityscape and landscape photography, we're pretty much stuck with what nature provides us. There is not much we can do.

Or is there? With some pre planning, we can virtually guarantee a stunning shot!

In an outdoor, landscape setting, there's not much we can do to modify or correct the light, but we can become hyper aware of what light does at various times of day - and in various weather conditions.

First and foremost to be successful as a landscape or cityscape photographer - you need to have a desire to lose sleep.

What am I talking about? Glad you asked! In the event you would like to start getting those spectacular landscape photographs with all the colours that are gorgeous, there's actually only two times of day to shoot - at dawn and at dusk.

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However, for a photographer, twilight and dawn are a bit more expanded than it may seem. About twenty minutes before the sun first peeks over the horizon in the morning there's a 'false' dawn. This time of day will give you those intense cobalt blue colors you see in contest winners, but haven't been able to see in nature!

The colours will begin to get pinker as the sun gets closer and closer to the horizon. The colors you see at morning AREN'T the same as the colors you see at sundown. (They are more red and orange.)

Thus, pull yourself out of bed a couple hours before daybreak so you will have sufficient time to grab a cup of coffee (so you're conscious enough to focus) and make your way to your predetermined spot, get set up and start shooting during the false dawn.

See what I mean about wanting an urge to lose sleep? Here's the great thing, most of your friends as well as camera club competition will probably be snoring away while you 'get the chance!'

Incidentally, there's a sunset that is false about 20 minutes after the sun goes down. You're not spending that time watching TV are you?

In addition to the excellent colors, you also get excellent light angles!

Think about the last photo you saw of a body builder... Where was the light? I'd venture to guess that it was to the side. Actually about 90 degrees to the camera - model axis.

This peeking side light causes heavy shadowing around the muscles making them look more defined and really larger. The light causes some specular highlights also - which makes the difference between highlight and shadow even more striking.

Now think of your landscape or your cityscape as a version that is muscle bound. The shadows caused by the peeking sunlight will help outline and accentuate the forms.

Next look for an interesting scene! Use foreground components to attract the eye into the photo. Utilize the rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals and other compositional methods to bring the viewer's eye to the 'star' of your photo. (Be sure you have a well defined 'star!')

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Ultimately, throw in a couple of clouds to reflect the sun's colours and add some visual interest to the sky and you'll be well on your way to winning photo competitions!

Do all of this at morning - then do a shot of exactly the same scene at midday. Ultimately, do it again at sundown and compare all your results. I believe you'll rapidly start to understand just how significant techniques, all the photo tips and rules we've been discussing really are!

Make a record of these landscape photography hints and techniques, and make it a goal to USE THEM this weekend! Check back tomorrow for more...