Hints to Stunning Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out properly it can give results that are astounding. In fact there are really so many top photographers who've 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'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 sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are particular rules or instead guidelines you need to keep in mind when you shoot those pics that are stunning.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major standard. In the event you'd like real photos that are great, then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. If you're using a point and shoot or a conventional zoom lens this may get frustrating. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and thus will not have the capacity to capture the entire landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there isn't much you can do except make use of the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). If you possess a DSLR, then you certainly 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 only with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Only bear in mind you necessitate a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you're looking for a more affordable option, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are inexpensive, but the image quality isn't too great. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely vital. The top time for landscape is either dawn or twilight. The natural lighting provides the best result and is just right. The dilemma with bright day light is that it will give your photos a washed out appearance, and can produce lots of glare. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. Nonetheless remember 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: As I had mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This boat or anything proper, or could be a tree. This make for a better composition and will give greater depth to your pictures.
4. Lastly this is a superb trick to boost the appearance of you photos. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a way that river or this road seems to either leaving or entering the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.