Tips 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 who have brought so much to the genre of landscape photography that it's now grown to truly have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart 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 sunset 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 pics that are stunning.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major criterion. If you'd like real good photos, then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. This can get troublesome if you are using a regular zoom lens or a point and shoot. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore will not have the ability 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'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you certainly can certainly use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, if you own a DSLR. A great wide angle is the rule 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it just with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Simply keep in mind you need a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you're searching for a more economical choice, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality is not so good. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely critical. The top time for landscape is either dawn or dusk. The natural lighting is just correct and provides the best result. The issue with bright day light is that it may generate a lot of glare, and may give your photos a washed out appearance. 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: As I 'd mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This could be a tree, or anything or boat suitable. This make for a better composition and will definitely give greater depth to your photos.
4. Lastly this really is a superb trick to improve the appearance of you pictures. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of manner that river or this road appears to either entering or leaving the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.