Landscape Photography Ideas
We will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography hints now. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photos and you'll begin winning photo competitions! It is practically a given!
We discussed light.
First we discussed the colour of light... You have to get up early in the morning and begin shooting in the 20 or so minutes before dawn. AND you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there's a happening we'll call a 'bogus' dawn and sunset that can produce some absolutely stunning colours 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 subject. This creates plenty of shadows that define their muscles and emphasize.
At dusk and daybreak, the glancing light from the sun is at an ideal angle to create plenty of defining darkness. This will definitely add your photos and a great deal of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both twilight and morning, then compare the results to the exact same scene shot at noon. You will never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. 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 lousy... Get out there! That is the time you'll get the best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography tips and techniques.
Make use of a tripod! When shooting landscapes, especially in the daybreak and post sunset times - you'll require a long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field demands shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Don't even think of attempting to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It will not occur.
Then, utilize the mirror lockup feature if your camera has one. Most of the better DSLR cameras do.
For the best in photo sharpness - in addition to locking up the mirror, use a timed shutter release. It might appear like a bit of overkill, but these sharpness techniques can and do make a big difference.
As far as composition is concerned, pay attention to the foreground! Use it to attract the audience's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional component to think about is the horizon, make it level! What exactly is the most important element in your landscape or cityscape photo? Is it the sky? If so, put on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Put the horizon in the upper third.
While there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the correct call, they are uncommon. Make 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? Be sure that attribute is accented by you and drive the audience's attention to it. Do not make the error of attempting to make the whole scene equally important. You'll need a star.
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I expect this review of landscape photography hints and techniques will help you start getting competition winning landscape and cityscape photographs!
In the excitement of the instant, it really is simple to forget to do some of these true basic but crucial landscape photography tips and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your duty - begin 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 put 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 won't forget anything! Eventually you will get the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!