Tips to Stunning Landscape Photos
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out correctly it can give results that are astounding. In reality there are really so many top photographers who have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to really have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is simply photography of landscapes. It might be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a lovely rainbow, a ruby red sundown or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or instead guidelines you have to keep in mind when you take those stunning pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. In case you want actual great photos, then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. This may get troublesome if you are using a point and shoot or a conventional zoom lens. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and hence won't have the ability to capture the entire landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there isn't much you can do except use the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). If you own a DSLR, then you definitely can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized. A great wide angle is the rule 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it just with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Only continue in mind you are in need of a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you're searching for a cheaper option, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are economical, but the image quality is not too great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is very critical. The very best time for landscape is either morning or dusk. The natural lighting is just correct and offers the very best result. The dilemma with bright day light is that it may produce a lot of glare, and will give your photos a washed out look. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. Nonetheless recall that using a CPL will decrease the amount of light entering the sensor by two stops that are around.
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3. Get a subject in the foreground: get a subject in the fore ground, As I had mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds. This might be a tree, or boat or anything appropriate. This will definitely give greater depth to your pictures and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a superb trick to boost the appearance of you photos. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a manner that river or this road seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.