Landscape Photography Strategies
We'll continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you will start winning photo competitions! It's nearly a given!
We discussed light yesterday.
First we discussed the shade of light... Begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before daybreak and you must get up early in the morning. AND you also need to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there's a happening we will call a 'bogus' dawn and sunset that could create some absolutely beautiful colours in your landscape and cityscape photos.
Next we talked about the angle of the light... Consider bodybuilder photos. The light is coming from about 90 degrees to the subject. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and emphasize.
At daybreak and dusk, the glancing light from the sun is right at an ideal angle to create plenty of defining shadows. This will add your photos and a great deal of third dimensionality 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 midday. You will 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 - in addition to lots of color. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is poor... 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.
Utilize a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, especially in the predawn - you will need 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 competition winner by shooting handheld. It will not happen.
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, make use of a timed shutter release. It might appear like a bit of 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 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 exactly is the most crucial element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, place the horizon 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. Make sure you have a certain reason to do this!
Last but not least... Make sure your photo has a 'star'. What attracted you to the scene? Be sure you emphasize that characteristic and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not make the error of trying to make the entire scene equally significant. You'll need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will help you 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 admittedly basic but crucial landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - begin to constitute 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 are shooting, you can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist and will not forget anything! Eventually you'll possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!