Suggestions to Stunning Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and implemented correctly it can give astounding results. In reality there are really so many top photographers that have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is simply photography of landscapes. It could be a snow clad a lovely rainbow, a meandering river, mountain, a ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or rather guidelines you must keep in mind when you take those stunning pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major standard. Then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame, if you prefer real great pictures. If you're employing a point and shoot or a standard zoom lens this could get frustrating. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore will not manage to capture the whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except make use of the panorama mode (I will talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, should you possess a DSLR. A great wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you'll be able to use it just with Cannon, but there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just keep in mind you necessitate 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 cheaper choice, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are affordable, but the image quality isn't too great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is very vital. The best time for landscape is either dawn or dusk. The natural lighting provides the greatest result and is just right. The problem with bright day light is that it will give your photos a washed out look, and can produce lots of glare. This is often rectified using a circular polariser. Yet 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 anything or boat suitable, or might be a tree. This will definitely give greater depth to your pictures and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to improve the appearance of you photographs. Search for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a way that this road or river appears to either leaving or entering the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.