Tips to Stunning Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and implemented properly it can give astounding results. Actually there are so many top photographers that 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 aside all this, what's landscape photography. Landscape photography is just photography of landscapes. It could be a snow clad a meandering river, mountain, a lovely rainbow, a ruby red sundown or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or rather guidelines you need to keep in mind when you take those beautiful pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major criterion. Then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame, if you want real great photos. This could get frustrating if you're using a typical 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 is not much you can do except use the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, if you own a DSLR. A good wide angle is the canon 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you'll be able to use it only with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just continue in mind you need 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 cheaper alternative, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are inexpensive, but the image quality isn't too great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely essential. The very best time for landscape is either twilight or morning. The natural lighting provides the best result and is just correct. The problem with bright day light is that it can give your photos a washed out appearance, and can produce plenty of glare. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. Nonetheless recall 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: get a subject in the fore ground As I had mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds. This might be a tree, or anything or boat suitable. This will give greater depth to your pictures and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to boost the appearance of you pictures. Search 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.