Landscape Photography Ideas
We will continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo competitions! It is practically a given!
Yesterday we talked about light.
First we discussed the shade of light... You need to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sunset that may produce some absolutely stunning 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 a great deal of defining darkness. This can add a lot of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and twilight, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at noon. You may never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - as well as plenty of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That's the time you'll get the very best shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, particularly in the daybreak - you'll require 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 won't happen.
If your camera has one, afterward, make use of the mirror lockup feature. 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 little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major 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 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, put 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 placing the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Make 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 certain you accentuate that characteristic and drive the viewer's focus to it. Don't make the mistake of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You'll need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will allow you to start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the instant, it really is 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 - start to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you are shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Eventually you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!