Hints to Stunning Landscape Photos
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out properly it can give results that are astounding. In reality there are really so many top photographers that have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it's now grown to really have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is just photography of landscapes. It could be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a beautiful rainbow, a ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or instead guidelines you must keep in mind when you shoot those stunning pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. Then you'll need to get as much of the landscape in your frame, if you prefer actual good photos. If you are utilizing a point and shoot or a regular zoom lens, this may get annoying. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and consequently 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'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Should you own a DSLR, then you certainly can use one of the specialized wide angle lenses. A good wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you can use it only with Cannon, but there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just bear in mind you are in need of a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are quite expensive. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality isn't too good. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite critical. The best time for landscape is either dawn or dusk. The natural lighting provides the best result and is just correct. The problem with brilliant day light is that it can create lots of glare, and will give your photos a washed out look. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. Nonetheless remember that using a CPL will decrease 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 'd mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds. This could be a tree, or boat or anything suitable. This will definitely give greater depth to your photographs and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this really is a superb trick to boost the appearance of you photos. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a style that river or this road appears to either leaving or entering the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.