DSLR Tips For Woodruff Idaho

Composition - The Soul of the Photo

Composition is the heart of the photo. Composition leads to the work of art that begins from inspiration. Inspiration starts when you disconnect with the interior struggles of everyday life and free the spirit to experience the world around you. Experiencing nature and truly being in the moment links you with all around you.

It may seem like meditation, but the mind is cleared by comprehension of your surroundings without interference of outside thoughts and sharpening your perceptions. Where you didn't see them before images seem. The elements begin to align and art emerges.

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Joseph Cornell in his book 'Listening to Nature How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature' had this exercise. Walk into an area that you'd like to photograph. Instead of setting up the camera and shooting. Sit down. Wait. Relax. Be still and feel the minute. Quite gently become conscious of nature. The Native Americans called this 'silent hunting'. Nature will speak to you, but you should be quiet. Nature speaks gently. If you're patient, nature will reveal herself to you. And unbelievable pictures will appear.

There are lots of times that I've entered the woods with camera in hand and not found anything that I wanted to photograph. It may be that I wasn't prepared or nature didn't need to show herself. Perhaps she didn't feel photogenic. Scenes appear as if by magic. If you can not find anything to shoot on any given day, so don't be disappointed. Utilize that time to scout the area for future chances and revel in the fact that you have a chance to be outside.

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Choose this as the opportunity to plan for future shots. At these times think, what if the light was coming from another way. Coming back in the early morning or late day may generate a better image. Seasons change the landscape. Maybe shooting in the autumn, with the leaf in brilliant colors, or winter with a fresh layer of snow would create the photo that you would like.

When seeking that image, do not run yourself. Time with nature is a delight all by its self. In the event you don't find anything to shoot, the sheer pleasure of being one with the outdoors is worth the experience.

To help anyone that is interested I've recorded a couple of tips below on what is needed to shoot at nighttime. I have been getting a little into nighttime landscape photography of late. Last night I had lots of fun with some fellow photos playing with different coloured lights to produce effects that we can not record with normal human eyesight. Long exposures open-up a world of possibilities and imagination. The image below was taken over the course of 2 minutes whilst his feet slowly transferred 360 degrees around a pivot point whilst spinning a coloured LED light. Whilst it seems like an easy process in theory it's actually quite catchy to form a perfect sphere as the distance in the swings has to be kept continuous. Getting it right makes for an intriguing effect and something to add further visual interest to a night time landscape photograph.

Night Landscape Photography Tips:

Please note you'll need a camera equipped with the flash mode

Look through the optical view finder - Live View is going to be useless to you when composing an image. Better still try and arrive whilst it's still light to let you compose the scene and focus

If you have to focus in the dark, utilize a torch to illuminate the focal point by illuminating the desired focus point and when you can't manually focus, set the lens to infinity and back it off by just a millimetre or two

Establish to Auto

With your camera set to Aperture Priority (AV) mode, set the aperture to f/8 and improve your camera's ISO to the maximum (i.e. 1600). Depress the shutter button and observe what the calculated shutter speed is

Now change from the AV mode to the Flash mode - this is the only mode that allows you to capture exposures greater than 30 seconds

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Finally, fall the ISO to 100 and adjust the shutter speed to compensate. For example, falling the ISO from 1600 down to 100 symbolizes 4 stops (800, 400, 200, 100) where every time you halve the value it equals to one stop. This implies that if the shutter speed was 30 seconds formerly then it'd need to be fixed to rise by 4 stops which would be 480 secs (8 minutes) (60, 120, 240, 480). It's important to modify the shutter speed and not the aperture as to preserve depth of field that you desire

Bonus Hint: Avoid turning on the camera's noise reduction as it will bring about taking longer for the image to write to the memory card (the same amount of time as required for the exposure) before becoming accessible for viewing on the LCD screen. Instead reduce any sound that might have been inserted during the Post Production process into the image

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Landscape Photography Techniques

We will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll begin winning photo contests! It is practically a given!

We talked about light yesterday.

First we discussed the shade of light... You need to get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so past sunset.

At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'bogus' dawn and sunset that may 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 discipline. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and highlight.

At dusk and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is at the right angle to produce plenty of shadows that are defining. This will add your photographs and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!

Try shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, 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 can add lots of visual interest to the scene - in addition to a lot of shade. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is awful... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the very best shots.

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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.

Make use of a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, particularly in the predawn - you will require a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of trying to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't 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 timed shutter release. It might appear like a little 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 the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.

Another compositional component to consider is the horizon, make it level! What is the most crucial 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? Set in the upper third.

They are rare while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Be sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do so!

Last but not least... Ensure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Be sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's attention to it. Don't make the mistake of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You'll need a star.

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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques can help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!

In the exhilaration of the instant, it's 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 duty - start to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tricks and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.

Every time you're shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Eventually you will get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!