Landscape Photography Techniques
Now we will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will start winning photo competitions! It's practically a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... You must get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sunset that may produce some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates lots of shadows that accent and define their muscles.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at the perfect angle to make a lot of shadows that are defining. This can add your photos and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both morning and twilight, then compare the results 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 definitely add lots of visual interest to the scene - in addition to a lot of color. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is awful... Get out there! That is 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 daybreak and post sunset times - you will require an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field requires shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Subsequently, use the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, use a shutter release that is timed. It may seem like a bit of 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 on the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional component to think about is the horizon, make it level! What's 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 uncommon, while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you are in possession of a special reason to do that!
Last but not least... Make sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure you emphasize that attribute and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the mistake of attempting 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 contest winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the excitement of the moment, it's easy to forget to do some of these true basic but vital landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - begin to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks 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 hints and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you will have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!