2 Photo Ideas To Improve Your Landscape Photography!
Here are two photo hints which will instantly boost your landscape photography - or any outdoor pictures - to a whole new level. Use filters and rubber bands!
Photo Tip #1... Use filters in your photography!
Filters are an indispensable addition to any quality photo and they are used by most top shooters on almost every shot!
With digital photography taking over the photo world, too many of us are using a point and shoot - camera on automatic - approach. We'll fire away hundreds or even thousands of shots in the hopes that we will get one great one since there aren't any film development costs.
Too frequently, we do not. This method has dramatically reduced the photography skill set over the past few years and it's going to get even worse.
As opposed to learn to be excellent photographers, we're learning to be great at 'fixing' photos in Photoshop.
I got nothing against Photoshop, but nevertheless, it ought to be used as a 'tweak' in photography. Not a fix.
One of the 'tweaks' we will often use Photoshop to insert is the effect of filters.
If you just need a color wash across the entire image Photoshop is great at that!
But there are a number of filters where it's a good idea to have them on your lens rather than attempt to add the effect later. You can spend hundreds of hours on each photo trying to add them.
UV filters, polarizers and neutral density filters.
These filters are a MUST HAVE for any camera bag! The UV filter will help safeguard your lens from scratches, etc. and can be removed before shooting if you want the sharpest pictures. Polarizers, give us much better skies, and remove glare from shiny things. It is difficult to imagine shooting an outside photo without one. And neutral density filters give us increased control over shutter speed and so on.
The most effective shots would not dream of not having these filters in their camera bag. But occasionally there may be a problem.
Photo Hint #2... Keep A Rubber Band Convenient!
When you're using filters that screw onto the front of your lens - sooner or later you'll run into the issue of needing to remove it, but nevertheless, it will not unscrew. It's stuck!
Here's what you do...
Take a rubber band and wrap it around the filter. This will provide you with enough grip to get it started turning.
Where to keep your rubber band?
It's possible for you to keep one in your camera bag therefore it is always handy, but here is a choice that is even better - wrap it around your wallet! Or do both.
Should you keep your own wallet in your own pocket, wrapping a rubber band around it makes it practically impossible for a pick pocket to get the wallet out of your pocket! Try it; you will see what I mean!
There's less protection, should you maintain your wallet in a bag, but it makes it more difficult to get the wallet from the bag surreptitiously.
These two simple tricks - use filters in your photography and keep a rubber band helpful in case you can not get off the filter - are only a couple more methods to take your outdoor, landscape photography to a whole new level. To learn more, have a look at the resources carton!