Landscape Photography Tips And Hints
Now we'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will start winning photo contests! It is practically a given!
Yesterday we discussed light.
First we discussed the color of light... You have to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'false' dawn and sunset that could create some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates plenty of shadows that highlight and define their muscles.
At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at an ideal angle to create a lot of defining shadows. This will add a great deal of third dimensionality to your pictures and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dawn and twilight, then compare the results to the exact same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will add plenty of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of colour. Now the rising or setting sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is lousy... Get out there! That's the time you will get the top shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak and post sunset times - you'll require 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 competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
If your camera has one, then, use the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, make use of a shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a significant difference, although it might appear like a bit of overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to draw the audience'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 is the most important component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, put on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place the horizon in the upper third.
They are rare, while there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure to have a specific reason to do so!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure you accentuate that feature and drive the viewer's focus to it. Don't make the blunder of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You will need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the excitement of the instant, it is 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 - start to compose a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you'll be able to think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Eventually you'll have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!