Sound Advice For Amazing Photographs For South California

Landscape Photography Recommendations

Now we'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo contests! It's almost a given!

We talked about light.

First we discussed the shade of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you must get up early in the morning. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.

At those times there's a happening we will call a 'false' dawn and sunset that can produce some absolutely beautiful colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.

Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates plenty of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.

At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to produce a great deal of darkness that are defining. This can add your photographs and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!

Try shooting the same scene at both dawn and twilight, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at midday. You may never sleep in again!

Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This can add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - as well as plenty of color. Now the setting or rising 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 top shots.

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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.

Use 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 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 happen.

If your camera has one, subsequently, make use of 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. 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 viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.

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

They are rare while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Make sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do so!

Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure you accent that feature and drive the viewer's focus to it. Do not make the error of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You will need a star.

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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to begin getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!

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

Here is your duty - begin to make up 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 won't 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!