Landscape Photography Strategies
We will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll start winning photo contests! It's nearly a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... You must get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a happening we will call a 'bogus' sunrise and sunset that can produce some absolutely beautiful colours 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 discipline. This creates a lot of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to create lots of defining darkness. This will add your photos and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at noon. You may never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - in addition to lots of color. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is awful... Get out there! That's the time you'll get the very best shots.
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Today, let us add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the morning and post sunset times - you will need a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a contest 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, make use of a shutter release that is timed. It may seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a significant difference.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional component to think about 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 the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place in the upper third.
They are rare while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure to are in possession of a particular reason to do this!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain you accentuate that attribute and drive the audience's attention to it. Don't make the error of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques can help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the moment, it really is simple to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but essential landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Eventually you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!