Landscape Photography Tips And Hints
We will continue our review of techniques and landscape photography tips today. Add these suggestions to your landscape and cityscape photographs and you'll start winning photo contests! It is nearly 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 also you have to keep shooting for about 20 minutes or so previous sunset.
At those times there is a phenomenon we will call a 'fictitious' sunrise and sunset that may create some absolutely stunning 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 discipline. This creates a lot of shadows that highlight and define their muscles.
At dawn and twilight, the glancing light from the sun is right at the right angle to create a lot of darkness that are defining. This can add your photos and lots of third dimensionality and make them come alive!
Attempt shooting the same scene at both morning and dusk, then compare the results to exactly the same scene shot at noon. You may never sleep in again!
Next we mentioned when there are clouds in the sky, shooting. This can add lots of visual interest to the scene - in addition to a lot of colour. Now the setting or rising sun has something to bounce off of! When the weather is bad... Get out there! That is the time you will receive the best shots.
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Now, let's add a couple more landscape photography hints and techniques.
Use a tripod! Post sunset times and when shooting landscapes, particularly in the predawn - you'll need a very long exposure! (Creating an acceptable depth of field needs shooting at minimal apertures - which means long shutter speeds.) Do not even think of trying to get a contest winner by shooting handheld. It won't happen.
Then, use 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, make use of a timed shutter release. These sharpness techniques can and do make a big change, although it may seem like a little overkill.
Pay attention to the foreground as far as composition is concerned! Use it to attract the viewer's eye into the photo. Use leading lines, framing, diagonals and so forth.
Another compositional element to consider 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 the horizon on the lower third of the shot. Is it the ground? Place the horizon in the upper third.
They're rare while there are times that putting the horizon in the middle is the correct call. Be sure to are in possession of a special reason to do so!
Last but not least... Make sure your photo has a 'star'. What brought you to the scene? Make sure you stress that attribute and drive the viewer's focus to it. Do not make the mistake of trying to make the entire scene equally important. You need a star.
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I hope this review of landscape photography tips and techniques will allow you to start getting contest winning landscape and cityscape pictures!
In the delight of the instant, it's easy to forget to do some of these admittedly basic but vital landscape photography hints and techniques (there are more coming tomorrow)...
Here is your assignment - begin to make up a checklist (of these and any other landscape photography tips and techniques you can think of), have it laminated and stick it in the side pocket of your camera bag.
Each time you're shooting, you won't forget anything and can pull out your landscape photography hints and techniques checklist! Finally you will possess the landscape photography techniques needed to let your artistic side shine through!