Landscape Photography Helpful hints
Now we'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll start winning photo contests! It's nearly a given!
Yesterday we discussed light.
First we discussed the color of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you need to get up early in the morning. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there's a phenomenon we'll call a 'bogus' sunrise and sunset that may create some absolutely beautiful colors 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 discipline. This creates lots of shadows that accent and define their muscles.
At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to produce plenty of defining darkness. This will definitely add your pictures and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, then compare the results to the same scene shot at midday. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This can add plenty of visual interest to the scene - in addition to lots of shade. 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'll get the top shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn 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 attempting to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
Afterward, make use of 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 shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a big change, although it might seem like a little 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, framing, diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most important element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set the horizon in the upper third.
They're rare, while there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the right call. Make sure you are in possession of a special reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make fully sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the viewer's attention to it. Don't make the blunder of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You require a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the exhilaration of the instant, it is easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but essential landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and stick 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 will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!