Landscape Photography Points
Today we'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints. Add these ideas to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo contests! It is almost a given!
Yesterday we talked about light.
First we discussed the color of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn and you must get up early in the morning. AND also you need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sundown.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'false' dawn and sundown that could create some absolutely stunning colors in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Think of bodybuilder pictures. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the area. This creates a lot of shadows that accent and define their muscles.
At dusk and dawn, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to create plenty of defining darkness. This can add lots of third dimensionality to your photos and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both dusk and dawn, then compare the outcomes to the exact same scene shot at noon. You'll never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned shooting when there are clouds in the sky. This can add a great deal 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 poor... Get out there! That is certainly the time you will receive the very best shots.
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Today, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Use a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak - you will require an extended exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field requires shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of trying to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Afterward, use 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, utilize a timed shutter release. It may seem 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 on the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines diagonals and so on.
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, set the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that setting the horizon in the middle is the right call, they're rare. Be sure you are in possession of a certain reason to do so!
Last but not least... Make sure that your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Make sure you accentuate that characteristic and drive the viewer'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 expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques can help you begin getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photos!
In the excitement of the instant, it is 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 duty - start 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.
Each time you are shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography tips and techniques checklist! Finally you will get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!