Landscape Photography Tips
We will continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques now. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will start winning photo competitions! It is nearly 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 happening we will call a 'fictitious' dawn and sundown that may produce some absolutely beautiful colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
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 plenty of shadows that define their muscles and accent.
At daybreak and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at the best angle to generate a great deal of shadows that are defining. This can add a lot of third dimensionality to your photographs and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dawn and twilight, then compare the outcomes to the same scene shot at midday. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This will definitely add plenty of visual interest to the scene - as well as a lot 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 will receive the very best shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Utilize a tripod! When shooting landscapes, particularly in the daybreak and post sunset times - you will need a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field requires shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
Subsequently, make use of 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 shutter release that is timed. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major change, although it may seem like a little overkill.
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 element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What's the most important element 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.
While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call, they're uncommon. Make sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make sure that feature is accented by you and drive the viewer's focus to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You will need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the exhilaration 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 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 are shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you'll have the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!