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 results that are astounding. In reality there are so many top photographers who have brought 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's landscape photography. Landscape photography is simply photography of landscapes. It may be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a beautiful rainbow, a crimson red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or instead when you shoot those beautiful pics guidelines you have to keep in mind.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. In case you prefer actual good pictures, then you'll need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame. This may get frustrating if you're employing a regular zoom lens or a point and shoot. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and hence won't be able to capture the whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except use the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you definitely can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, should you own a DSLR. A great wide angle is the rule 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you'll be able to use it just with Cannon, but there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Simply bear in mind you necessitate a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very costly. If you're looking for a cheaper option, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are economical, but the image quality isn't so great. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite critical. The very best time for landscape is either dusk or dawn. The natural lighting offers the greatest result and is just right. The issue with bright day light is that it may generate plenty of glare, and can give your photos a washed out look. This is often rectified using a circular polariser. Nonetheless recall 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 had mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This might be a tree, or boat or anything suitable. This will definitely give greater depth to your photos and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this really is a super trick to enhance the look of you photographs. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a manner that river or this road seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.