Suggestions to Stunning Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed correctly it can give astounding results. In reality there are really so many top photographers that have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it's now grown to truly have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart all this, what's landscape photography. Landscape photography is just photography of landscapes. It may be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a beautiful rainbow, a ruby red sundown or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are definite rules or instead guidelines you should keep in mind when you shoot those pics that are stunning.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important standard. In case you want actual pictures that are great, then you'll need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame. This may get frustrating if you're using a point and shoot or a conventional zoom lens. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore won't manage to capture the whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except use the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you certainly can certainly use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, should you own a DSLR. A great wide angle is the rule 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it only with Cannon, but there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Only keep in mind you need a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper choice, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality isn't so great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely critical. The very best time for landscape is either dusk or morning. The natural lighting is just correct and provides the very best result. The issue with brilliant day light is that it may give your photos a washed out appearance, and may produce a lot of glare. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. Nevertheless remember that using a CPL will reduce the amount of light entering the sensor by two stops that are around.
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3. Get a subject in the foreground: As I had mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This might be a tree, or boat or anything proper. This make for a better composition and will definitely give greater depth to your pictures.
4. Lastly this really is a super trick to improve the look of you photos. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a style that this road or river appears to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.