Landscape Photography Tips
We'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will begin winning photo contests! It's almost a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the colour of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there is a happening we will call a 'false' sunrise and sundown that can create some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and emphasize.
At daybreak and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at the best angle to produce a lot of darkness that are defining. This can add your pictures and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, then compare the results to the exact same scene shot at noon. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This will definitely add a lot of visual interest to the scene - as well as plenty of colour. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is poor... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the top shots.
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Today, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the predawn and post sunset times - you'll need an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
If your camera has one, subsequently, make use of 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 significant difference, although it may seem like a little overkill.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to draw the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What's the most crucial 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 in the upper third.
While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call, they are uncommon. Make sure you have a specific reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Do not make the blunder of attempting to make the whole scene equally important. You require a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the moment, it 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 - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks 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 won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Finally you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!