Landscape Photography Hints - How to Shoot Great Photographs
If you're have a digital compact and like most camera owners, this is your camera's time to shine. For serious photographers, an SLR or DSLR is the obvious camera pick, but in regards to landscapes, compact cameras rule because they offer a better depth of field. Follow these tips and all you need to do to get some great landscape pictures would be to set your compact to landscape mode.
Remember one of the main keys to shooting good photos is the characteristic of light.
For lighting that's soft, even and has a touch of heat, shoot your landscape photographs during the Golden Hours: the first hour after dawn and the past hour before sundown (unless you're shooting sunset images.
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Under an overcast sky, shoot for dimmed highlights and intensified colors.
Under a cloudy sky, shoot for dramatic shadows.
Enrich the qualify of your image by photographing a landscape scene with contrast; for example, red and gold fall leafed trees against a blue sky that is powerful, and add play.
To get an ultra soft effect, almost ethereal effect, shoot on a foggy day.
The next most important element of any picture that is great is composition. Here are a few composition tips for perfect landscape photographs.
Compose your landscape picture so the horizon appears straight. Creative, fun angles have their place in photography, but not when you're taking a horizon.
Fill two thirds of your frame with the subject of the majority of interest, if it be an interesting foreground or a spectacular sky.
Search 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 shot so that the major 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 instance.
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Frame the composition using a stage of interest in the foreground. This focal point might be a road or alternative line as stated above, a tree, man, animal, house, etc. The focal point will not be the principal theme (the landscape is),but it adds depth, attracts the audience into the image and gives the eyes a place to rest, so engaging the viewer more with your photograph. In summary, a focal point makes your landscape photo more interesting and more enjoyable to view.
Look out for mess. In a landscape photograph, litter might be a pile of branches or something similar to an airplane or power line overhead or rubbish can on the ground. Use a decent photo editor like Photoshop to remove it if you can not get the shot you desire without the jumble.
That is it! There is always more to learn with photography, but merely by following the tips above you can start taking extremely good graphics of your favorite landscapes.