Landscape Photography Points
We will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will begin winning photo contests! It is nearly a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... You have to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you also have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'false' sunrise and sundown that may produce some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates a lot of shadows that define their muscles and highlight.
At dawn and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is right at an ideal angle to make a lot of defining darkness. This will add your pictures and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the results to the same scene shot at noon. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This can add a lot of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is bad... Get out there! That's the time you will receive the top 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 daybreak and post sunset times - you will need an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
Subsequently, use the mirror lockup feature in case your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, make use of a shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a significant change, although it may seem like a bit of 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 forth.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What's 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 in the upper third.
While there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they are rare. Be sure to are in possession of a certain reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure that feature is accented by you and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not 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 tips and techniques can help you start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the excitement of the instant, it really is easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but essential landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Eventually you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!