Landscape Photography Ideas
Today we'll continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo contests! It's nearly a given!
Yesterday we talked about light.
First we discussed the color of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak and you must get up early in the morning. AND also you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there's a happening we'll call a 'false' sunrise and sunset that can create some absolutely beautiful colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates plenty of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.
At daybreak and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is at the perfect angle to make a lot of defining shadows. This can add your photos and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dawn and twilight, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at noon. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This will add plenty 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 awful... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Use a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the morning - you'll need an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Then, utilize 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. These sharpness techniques can and do make a significant difference, although it might appear like a bit of overkill.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to attract the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What is the most crucial component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place 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 placing the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you have a special reason to do that!
Last but not least... Ensure that your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure you emphasize that feature and drive the viewer's focus 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 exhilaration of the moment, it really is 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 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.
Every 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!