Landscape Photography Techniques
We'll continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will begin winning photo contests! It is almost a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade 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 need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sunset that could produce some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and accent.
At dawn and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is right at the perfect angle to generate a lot of darkness that are defining. This will add your photos and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both twilight and morning, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at noon. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This can add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - in addition to lots of color. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is lousy... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the top shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak - you'll need a 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.
If your camera has one, then, use the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, make use of a timed shutter release. It may seem like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a significant change.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to attract the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What is the most crucial component 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? Place the horizon in the upper third.
They are rare, while there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure to have a special reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make fully sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not make the mistake 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 will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the delight of the moment, it's easy to forget to do some of these true basic but crucial landscape photography tips 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.
Each time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Eventually you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!