Picture Taking Tips For Conquerall Mills Nova Scotia

Landscape Photography Tips And Hints

We will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips today. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo contests! It is practically a given!

Yesterday we talked about light.

First we discussed the color of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you need to get up early in the morning. AND you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.

At those times there is a happening we will call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sundown that may create some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.

Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates a lot of shadows that emphasize and define their muscles.

At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to generate plenty of darkness that are defining. This will definitely add your photos and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!

Try shooting the same scene at both twilight and dawn, then compare the results to the same scene shot at midday. 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 - as well as a lot of color. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is bad... Get out there! That is the time you will get the very best shots.

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Now, let us 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 require an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.

Afterward, utilize the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.

For the ultimate 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 big change.

As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to draw the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.

Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What's the most crucial element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Put the horizon in the upper third.

They're rare, while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you have a certain reason to do so!

Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain that characteristic is accented by you and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the mistake of attempting to make the whole scene equally important. You require a star.

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I hope this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!

In the exhilaration of the moment, it's simple to forget to do some of these true basic but crucial landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...

Here is your duty - begin to compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.

Each time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Finally you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!