Tips to Stunning Landscape Photos
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out correctly it can give results that are astounding. In fact there are really so many top photographers who've contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to truly have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what's landscape photography. Landscape photography is only photography of landscapes. It might be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a lovely rainbow, a ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are definite rules or rather when you take those pics that are beautiful guidelines you should keep in mind.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major criterion. In the event you like great pictures that are actual, then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. If you're utilizing a point and shoot or a conventional zoom lens this can get troublesome. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and hence will not manage to capture the entire 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 certainly use one of the specialized wide angle lenses, if you possess a DSLR. A great wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it only with Cannon, but there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Simply continue in mind you require a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are quite expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper choice, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are economical, but the image quality is not too good. So it's a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely vital. The top time for landscape is either twilight or dawn. The natural lighting is just right and offers the best result. The issue with bright day light is that it can give your photos a washed out look, and may produce a lot of glare. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. However remember 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 had mentioned in my earlier post on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This could 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 superb trick to boost the look of you pictures. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a style that river or this road seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.