Hints to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed properly it can give astounding results. Actually there are 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 just photography of landscapes. It may be a snow clad a beautiful rainbow, a meandering river, mountain, a crimson red sundown or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are particular rules or rather guidelines you have to keep in mind when you shoot those stunning pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major standard. Then you will need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame, if you prefer real good photos. If you are using a typical zoom lens or a point and shoot this can get annoying. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and hence won't 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 have a DSLR, then you definitely can certainly use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized. A good wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you'll be able to use it just with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just continue in mind you need a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very expensive. If you're looking for a more affordable choice, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are economical, but the image quality isn't too great. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite vital. The top time for landscape is either dawn or dusk. The natural lighting is just right and provides the top result. The dilemma with brilliant day light is that it will give your photos a washed out appearance, and may create a lot of glare. This is often rectified by using a circular polariser. Yet remember that using a CPL will reduce the amount of light entering the sensor by two stops that are around.
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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 anything or boat suitable, or could be a tree. This make for a better composition and will give greater depth to your photographs.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to improve the appearance of you photographs. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of way that river or this road appears to either leaving or entering the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.