Landscape Photography Points
Now we'll continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will begin winning photo contests! It's nearly a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... You need to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there's a happening we will call a 'fictitious' dawn and sundown that could create some absolutely stunning 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 area. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and accent.
At dusk and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at the perfect angle to generate plenty of defining shadows. This can add a lot of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes to exactly the same scene shot at midday. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will add lots of visual interest to the scene - as well as a lot of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is lousy... Get out there! That's the time you'll get the best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn and post sunset times - you will require a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates 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 occur.
In case your camera has one, subsequently, use the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a big 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 is the most crucial 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? Place the horizon in the upper third.
They are rare, while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure you are in possession of a specific reason to do so!
Last but not least... Ensure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make sure you stress that attribute and drive the audience's attention to it. Don't make the blunder of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You will 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 photographs!
In the delight of the instant, it's easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but vital landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - start to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!