Tricks to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed properly it can give astounding results. In fact there are so many top photographers who have brought so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to truly have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart all this, what's landscape photography. Landscape photography is only photography of landscapes. It might be a snow clad a beautiful rainbow, a meandering river, mountain, a ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are particular rules or rather guidelines you must keep in mind when you take those pics that are stunning.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. Should you prefer great photos that are real, then you'll need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame. If you're using a point and shoot or a regular zoom lens this may get annoying. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore won't be able 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 will talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you can use one of the specialized wide angle lenses, should you possess a DSLR. A good wide angle is the canon 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 necessitate a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are quite expensive. If you are searching for a cheaper alternative, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality isn't too great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely crucial. The top time for landscape is either dawn or twilight. The natural lighting is just right and provides the greatest result. The problem with brilliant day light is the fact that it may generate lots of glare, and will give your photos a washed out look. This can be rectified using a circular polariser. Nonetheless remember that using a CPL will reduce the amount of light entering the sensor by around two stops.
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3. Get a subject in the foreground: As I 'd mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This could be a tree, or boat or anything proper. This make for a better composition and will definitely give greater depth to your photos.
4. Lastly this really is a super trick to boost the look of you photos. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of way that river or this road seems to either leaving or entering the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.