2 Photo Tips To Improve Your Landscape Photography!
Here are two photo tricks which will instantly boost your landscape photography - or some outside pictures - to an entirely new level. Use filters and rubber bands!
Photo Tip #1... Use filters in your photography!
Filters are an essential addition to any quality photo and they are used by most top shooters on virtually every shot!
With digital photography taking over the photo world, too a lot of us are using a point and shoot - camera on automatic - approach. We'll fire away hundreds or even tens of thousands of shots in the hopes that we will get one great one since there aren't any film development costs.
Too often, we do not. The photography skill set over the last few years has been drastically reduced by this method and it is going to get even worse.
Instead of learn to be excellent photographers, we are learning to be excellent at 'fixing' photos in Photoshop.
I got nothing against Photoshop, but nevertheless, it should be used as a 'tweak' in photography. Not a fix.
Among the 'tweaks' we will often use Photoshop to insert is the effect of filters.
Photoshop is excellent at that should you merely want a color wash across the entire image!
However there are a couple filters where it's best to have them on your own lens rather than attempt to add the effect after. You could spend hundreds of hours on each photo attempting to add them.
UV filters, polarizers and neutral density filters.
These filters are a MUST HAVE for any camera bag! The UV filter will help protect your lens from scratches, etc. and can be removed before shooting if you want the sharpest pictures. Polarizers, give us much better skies, and remove glare from shiny objects. It's hard to imagine shooting at an outside photo without one. And we are given increased control over shutter speed and so on by neutral density filters.
The very best shots wouldn't dream of not having these filters in their camera bag. But occasionally there may be a problem.
Photo Hint #2... Keep A Rubber Band Easy!
When you are utilizing filters that screw onto the very front of your lens - sooner or later you'll run into the dilemma of needing to remove it, but it won't unscrew. It's stuck!
Here's what you do...
Take a rubber band and wrap it around the filter. This will give you enough grasp to get it started turning.
Where to keep your rubber band?
You can keep one in your camera bag so it's always useful, but here is an even better alternative - wrap it around your wallet! Or do both.
If you maintain your wallet in your pocket, wrapping a rubber band around it makes it practically impossible for a pick-pocket to get the wallet from your pocket! Try it; you'll see what I mean!
There's less protection, if you keep your own wallet in a purse, but it makes it harder to get the wallet from your purse surreptitiously.
These two easy tricks - keep a rubber band helpful in the event you can not get the filter off and use filters in your photography - are only a couple more ways to take your outside, landscape photography to a whole new level. For more information, have a look at the resources box!