Landscape Photography Techniques
We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo contests! It is almost a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you also have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there's a happening we'll call a 'bogus' sunrise and sunset that could 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 area. This creates lots of shadows that accent and define their muscles.
At dusk and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to make plenty of darkness that are defining. This will add lots of third dimensionality to your photographs and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, 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 can add lots of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of colour. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is lousy... Get out there! That's the time you will get the very best shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn and post sunset times - you'll need a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands 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.
Subsequently, utilize 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, utilize a timed shutter release. It might appear like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a significant change.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to draw the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What's the most important component 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 the horizon in the upper third.
They are uncommon, while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure to are in possession of a certain reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure that your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain that feature is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the blunder of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You'll need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques can help you start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the exhilaration of the moment, it really is simple 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 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're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!