Tips to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and implemented correctly it can give results that are astounding. Actually there are so many top photographers who've contributed 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 is landscape photography. Landscape photography is simply photography of landscapes. It could be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a lovely rainbow, a crimson 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 shoot those pics that are stunning.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important standard. In case you prefer actual photos that are great, then you'll need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. If you are using a point and shoot or a regular zoom lens this could get frustrating. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore will not manage to capture the whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there isn't much you can do except use the panorama mode (I will talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you definitely can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, if you have 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 only with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just keep 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 very costly. If you are looking for a more economical alternative, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are affordable, but the image quality is not so good. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is very essential. The best time for landscape is either morning or dusk. The natural lighting offers the best result and is just correct. The problem with brilliant day light is the fact that it will give your photos a washed out appearance, and may generate plenty of glare. This is often rectified 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: get a subject in the fore ground As I had mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds. This could be a tree, or boat or anything suitable. This make for a better composition and will give greater depth to your photographs.
4. Lastly it is a superb trick to boost the appearance of you photographs. Search for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of style that river or this road seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.