Hints to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out correctly it can give astounding results. In fact there are really so many top photographers that have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it's now grown to have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is simply photography of landscapes. It might be a snow clad a beautiful rainbow, a meandering river, mountain, a crimson red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or rather when you take those pics that are beautiful guidelines you should keep in mind.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. Then you'll need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame, should you'd like real good photographs. This could get frustrating if you're employing a conventional zoom lens or a point and shoot. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and thus 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). Should you have a DSLR, then you definitely can certainly use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized. A good wide angle is the canon 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it only with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Only keep in mind you are in need of a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you're looking for a more economical alternative, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are affordable, but the image quality is not so good. So it's a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely critical. The top time for landscape is either twilight or morning. The natural lighting provides the top result and is just right. The issue with bright day light is the fact that it may give your photos a washed out look, and may produce a lot of glare. This can be rectified using a circular polariser. Yet recall that using a CPL will decrease the amount of light entering the sensor by around two stops.
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3. Get a subject in the foreground: get a subject in the fore ground, As I 'd mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds. This boat or anything proper, or could be a tree. This will give greater depth to your photographs and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a superb trick to enhance the appearance of you photos. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of manner that this road or river seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.