Landscape Photography Recommendations
We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints today. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will begin winning photo contests! It is practically a given!
We discussed light.
First we discussed the shade of light... Start shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you must get up early in the morning. AND you also have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there's a phenomenon we'll call a 'bogus' dawn and sunset that can produce some absolutely stunning colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder photographs. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates lots of shadows that highlight and define their muscles.
At daybreak and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is at the right angle to make plenty of darkness that are defining. This will add a great deal of third dimensionality to your photos and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at midday. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky shooting. This will definitely add a lot of visual interest to the scene - in addition to plenty of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is awful... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the top 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, especially in the morning - you will need an extended 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 competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Then, use the mirror lockup feature in case your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, make use of a shutter release that is timed. It might appear like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract on the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional component 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, set on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place in the upper third.
They are rare while there are times that placing the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure to have a particular reason to do so!
Last but not least... Make fully sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure you stress that attribute and drive the audience's focus to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the whole scene equally significant. You need a star.
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I trust this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the delight of the instant, it really is easy to forget to do some of these true basic but crucial landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - start 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 put it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist and won't forget anything! Finally you'll get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!