Hints to Beautiful Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed properly it can give results that are astounding. In fact there are so many top photographers who've contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is just photography of landscapes. It could be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a beautiful rainbow, a crimson red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are particular rules or rather guidelines you need to keep in mind when you shoot those pics that are beautiful.
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 need actual good photos. This can get troublesome if you are employing a regular zoom lens or a point and shoot. 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 use the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you definitely can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, if you have a DSLR. A great 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. Simply bear 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 quite expensive. If you are searching for a more affordable option, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are economical, but the image quality is not too good. So it's a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely essential. The best time for landscape is either morning or dusk. The natural lighting offers the top result and is just right. The issue with brilliant day light is that it can generate a lot of glare, and may give your photos a washed out appearance. This is often rectified by 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 post on rule of thirds. This anything or boat appropriate, or could be a tree. This make for a better composition and will give greater depth to your pictures.
4. Lastly it is a superb trick to improve the appearance of you photos. Search for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of style that this road or river seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.