Hints to Stunning Landscape Photos
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 who 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 is landscape photography. Landscape photography is only photography of landscapes. It could 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 definite rules or rather guidelines you should keep in mind when you take those stunning pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. In case you prefer actual photographs that are great, then you will need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame. This can get annoying if you are using a point and shoot or a typical zoom lens. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore will not manage 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). Then you certainly can certainly use one of the specialized wide angle lenses, in the event you own a DSLR. A great wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you can use it just with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just continue in mind you necessitate a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very costly. If you're looking for a more affordable choice, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are cheap, but the image quality is not so great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite crucial. The best time for landscape is either dusk or dawn. The natural lighting offers the best result and is just correct. The issue with bright day light is the fact that it can generate a lot of glare, and may give your photos a washed out look. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. However 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: get a subject in the fore ground, As I had mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds. This could be a tree, or anything or boat appropriate. This make for a better composition and will definitely give greater depth to your photos.
4. Lastly this really is a superb trick to enhance the look of you photographs. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a manner that river or this road appears to either leaving or entering the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.