Landscape Photography Helpful hints
Now we will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It's practically a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the color of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you must get up early in the morning. AND you also have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there's a happening we will call a 'fictitious' dawn and sundown that may create some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At dawn and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is right at the best angle to produce plenty of defining darkness. This will add your pictures and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both morning and twilight, then compare the results to the exact 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 plenty of visual interest to the scene - in addition to lots of shade. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That is certainly the time you'll get the best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the morning and post sunset times - you'll need a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of attempting to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
Afterward, use 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, use 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 attract on 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 is the most crucial element 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? Place in the upper third.
They are rare while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do this!
Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure you accent that characteristic and drive the viewer's focus to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the entire scene equally significant. You require a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the exhilaration of the moment, it's easy to forget to do some of these true basic but essential landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - 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 will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Finally you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!