Landscape Photography Hints
We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo contests! It's nearly a given!
We talked about light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... You must get up early in the morning and start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there's a happening we will call a 'bogus' sunrise and sunset that may create some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photographs.
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 highlight and define their muscles.
At dawn and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to create lots of shadows that are defining. This can add your photographs and a lot of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Try shooting the same scene at both twilight and morning, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at noon. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This will add a great deal of visual interest to the scene - as well as lots of color. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the current weather is bad... Get out there! That is the time you'll 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, particularly in the morning - you will need a 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 contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't occur.
In case your camera has one, then, utilize the mirror lockup feature. 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 seem like a little overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a significant difference.
Pay attention to the foreground, as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so on.
Another compositional component to think about is the horizon, make it level! What is the most important element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place 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 putting the horizon in the middle is the right call. Make sure you have a certain reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make fully sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure that feature is accented by you and drive the viewer's attention to it. Do not make the error of attempting to make the whole scene equally significant. You'll need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography tips and techniques can help you start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the excitement 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 - begin to constitute a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography hints and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Every time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Finally you'll get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!