Tips to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and implemented properly it can give astounding results. Actually there are so many top photographers who have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to really 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 ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or instead guidelines you have to keep in mind when you take those pics that are stunning.
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'd like real good photographs. If you're using a point and shoot or a regular zoom lens this may get troublesome. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and hence won't have the ability 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 wide angle lenses that are specialized, in the event you have a DSLR. A good wide angle is the canon 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 continue 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 expensive. If you are looking for a more economical alternative, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are economical, but the image quality isn't so great. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely vital. The top time for landscape is either morning or twilight. The natural lighting offers the very best result and is just right. The issue with bright day light is that it will give your photos a washed out appearance, and may generate plenty of glare. This is often rectified by using a circular polariser. Nevertheless 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 had 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 definitely give greater depth to your photographs.
4. Lastly this really is a superb trick to boost the appearance of you pictures. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of style this road or river seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.