Landscape Photography Guidelines
We will continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you will begin winning photo competitions! It is nearly a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the colour of light... You need to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sunset 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 area. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and highlight.
At daybreak and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is at the right angle to produce a lot of shadows that are defining. This will definitely add your photographs and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both twilight and morning, then compare the outcomes to exactly the same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will definitely add lots of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of color. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is bad... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the very best shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the morning and post sunset times - you will need 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 will not happen.
If your camera has one, then, utilize the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a shutter release that is timed. It might appear like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big change.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract on the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most crucial component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set in the upper third.
They are uncommon while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you have a certain reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make certain you emphasize that feature and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the entire scene equally significant. You will need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the excitement of the moment, it really is simple 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 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 are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Eventually you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!