Landscape Photography Recommendations
We'll continue our review of landscape photography tips and techniques today. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll start winning photo contests! It's practically a given!
Yesterday we talked about light.
First we discussed the colour of light... You have to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND also you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'false' sunrise and sundown that could create some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates a lot of shadows that accentuate and define their muscles.
At daybreak and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at the perfect angle to make plenty of shadows that are defining. This can add your pictures and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both dusk and morning, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at noon. You may never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will add lots of visual interest to the scene - as well as lots of shade. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is lousy... Get out there! That's the time you will receive the top shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Use a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn and post sunset times - you will need a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Afterward, utilize 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. It might seem like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a major difference.
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, framing, diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to consider is the horizon, make it level! What's the most important component 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.
While there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they are rare. Make sure you are in possession of a special reason to do so!
Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the viewer's focus to it. Do not make the error of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You'll need a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you begin getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the moment, it 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 - begin to constitute 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 won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Eventually you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!