Landscape Photography Techniques
Today we'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It's almost a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... You must get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there's 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 photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and emphasize.
At daybreak and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to generate plenty of shadows that are defining. This can add a great deal of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes 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 can add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - as well as a lot of shade. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is awful... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will get the best shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the daybreak and post sunset times - you will require a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs 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 happen.
In case your camera has one, afterward, utilize the mirror lockup feature. 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. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major difference, although it might seem like a little overkill.
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 on.
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? Put the horizon in the upper third.
They're rare, while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Make sure you have a particular reason to do this!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make certain you accent that characteristic and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the error of attempting to make the entire scene equally significant. You will need a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the exhilaration of the moment, it is simple to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to constitute 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.
Every time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Finally you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!