Landscape Photography Helpful hints
We will continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It's nearly a given!
We talked about light.
First we discussed the color of light... You need to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there's a happening we will call a 'false' dawn and sunset that can create some absolutely beautiful colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At twilight and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to make a great deal of defining shadows. This can add lots of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dawn and twilight, then compare the results to the same scene shot at noon. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will add plenty of visual interest to the scene - as well as lots of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is awful... Get out there! That is the time you'll get the best shots.
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Today, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak and post sunset times - you will need an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs 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.
In case your camera has one, then, utilize the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, use a timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major change, although it might seem like a little overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to draw the viewer'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 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? Put the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they're uncommon. Be sure to are in possession of a special reason to do so!
Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain that feature is accented by you and drive the viewer's focus to it. Do not make the blunder of attempting to make the whole scene equally significant. You need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the delight of the instant, it is simple 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 hints and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Finally you will get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!