Landscape Digital Photography Tips - The best way to Take Great Photographs
In case you are like most camera owners and have a digital compact, this is your camera's time to shine. For most serious photographers, an SLR or DSLR is the apparent camera choice, but as it pertains to landscapes, compact cameras rule only because they offer a far greater depth of field. All you have to do to get some fantastic landscape photos would be to set your compact to landscape mode and follow these strategies.
Remember one of the main keys to taking good photos is the quality of light.
For lighting that's soft, even and has a touch of warmth, shoot your landscape photos during the Golden Hours: the first hour after daybreak and the past hour before sundown (unless you are taking sunset pictures.
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For dim highlights and intensified colors, shoot under an overcast sky.
For remarkable shadows, shoot under a cloudy sky.
Accentuate the qualify of your image and add drama by photographing a landscape scene with contrast; for example, red and gold fall leafed trees against a strong blue sky.
To get an ultra soft effect, almost ethereal effect, shoot on a foggy day.
The next most significant element of any great picture is composition. Here are a few composition strategies for landscape pictures that are perfect.
Compose your landscape picture so that the horizon appears straight. Creative, entertaining angles have their place in photography, but not when you are shooting a horizon.
Fill two thirds of your frame together with the subject of the majority of interest, if it be an interesting foreground or a dramatic sky.
Look for lines. These could be anything from the clear road or river to a shadow running along sand dunes. In case your image has lines, try framing your picture so that the important lines lead the eye toward the main point of interest, a road winding its way to the mountains which are the subject of your photograph, for example.
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Frame the composition using a stage of interest in the foreground. This focal point might be a road or other line as mentioned above, a tree, individual, animal, house, etc. The focal point won't be the main issue (the landscape is),but it adds depth, attracts the audience into the image and gives the eyes a place to rest, thus engaging the viewer more with your photograph. In summary, a focal point makes your landscape photo more interesting and more pleasing to view.
Look out for clutter. In a landscape photograph, litter could be something like an airplane or power line overhead or a stack of branches or rubbish can on the ground. Use a decent photo editor like Photoshop to remove it, in the event you can not get the picture you want without the mess.
That's it! There is always a lot more to learn with photography, but merely by following the tips above you can begin shooting extremely great pictures of your favourite landscapes.