Landscape Photography Strategies
We will continue our review of landscape photography hints and techniques today. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll start winning photo contests! It's almost a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak and you must get up early in the morning. AND also you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we'll call a 'bogus' sunrise and sundown that could produce some absolutely beautiful colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the discipline. This creates lots of shadows that define their muscles and accentuate.
At twilight and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to produce lots of shadows that are defining. This will definitely add your pictures and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the results to the same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This will definitely add plenty of visual interest to the scene - as well as plenty of shade. 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 get the best shots.
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Now, let us add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak - you'll require 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 won't occur.
In case your camera has one, subsequently, make use of the mirror lockup feature. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the ultimate in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, utilize a timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a major change, although it may seem like a bit of overkill.
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 element to think about is the horizon, make it level! What's the most important component in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, put the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Set the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the right call, they're rare. Make sure you are in possession of a particular reason to do so!
Last but not least... Be sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make sure you accentuate that feature and drive the audience's focus to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the whole scene equally important. You require a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the excitement of the instant, it's easy to forget to do some of these true basic but vital landscape photography tips 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'll be able to think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you're shooting, you will not forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!