Tips to Beautiful Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out properly it can give results that are astounding. Actually there are really so many top photographers that have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to truly have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what's landscape photography. Landscape photography is just photography of landscapes. It might 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 rather when you shoot those pics that are stunning guidelines you should keep in mind.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major standard. Then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame, should you need real good photographs. If you're employing a point and shoot or a conventional zoom lens, this may get annoying. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and hence will not have the ability to capture the whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except make use of the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you can certainly use one of the specialized wide angle lenses, should you own a DSLR. A good wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you'll be able to use it just with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just keep in mind you require a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you are searching for a cheaper alternative, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality is not too good. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is very critical. The top time for landscape is either morning or twilight. The natural lighting offers the very best result and is just right. The issue with brilliant day light is the fact that it will give your photos a washed out look, and may create a lot of glare. This is often rectified using a circular polariser. Nonetheless remember 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 suitable. This will give greater depth to your pictures and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to improve the appearance of you photos. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of style that river or this road seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.