Landscape Photography Techniques
We'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will start winning photo contests! It's practically a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you have to get up early in the morning. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'false' dawn and sunset that can create some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and accent.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at the best angle to make plenty of darkness that are defining. This can add your photos and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes to 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 definitely 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 weather is poor... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the very best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak and post sunset times - you will need a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field necessitates shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't happen.
Afterward, 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, utilize a timed shutter release. It might appear like a bit of 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 attract on the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so on.
Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most crucial element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, set 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 setting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure to are in possession of a certain reason to do so!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure you emphasize that attribute and drive the audience's focus to it. Don't make the error of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You require a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting contest 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 essential landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - start to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you're shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you will get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!