Landscape Photography Helpful hints
We will continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo competitions! It is practically a given!
Yesterday we discussed light.
First we discussed the colour of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak 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's a happening we will call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sundown that may produce some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
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 a lot of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.
At twilight and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is right at the perfect angle to make plenty of defining shadows. This will add lots of third dimensionality to your photos and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and twilight, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This can add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - as well as plenty of color. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is awful... Get out there! That is certainly the time you'll get the very best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the morning and post sunset times - you'll require a very 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 will not occur.
Subsequently, utilize 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, utilize a shutter release that is timed. It may seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a significant change.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract on the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so on.
Another compositional component to think about is the horizon, make it level! What is the most important element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, set on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they're rare. Be sure you are in possession of a specific reason to do this!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain that attribute is accented by you and drive the viewer's attention to it. Don't make the error of trying to make the entire scene equally significant. You will need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the excitement of the moment, it's easy to forget to do some of these true basic but essential landscape photography hints 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 put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Eventually you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!