Tricks to Stunning Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and implemented correctly it can give results that are astounding. In fact there are so many top photographers who have brought 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 only photography of landscapes. It may be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a beautiful rainbow, a ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are particular rules or instead when you take those pics that are beautiful guidelines you should keep in mind.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major standard. If you would like real great pictures, then you will need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame. This could 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 therefore won't 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). In the event you own a DSLR, then you certainly can use one of the specialized wide angle lenses. A great wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you'll be able to use it only with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Only bear in mind you need a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very costly. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are inexpensive, but the image quality isn't so good. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite crucial. The best time for landscape is either morning or twilight. The natural lighting is just right and provides the very best result. The issue with bright day light is the fact that it can give your photos a washed out appearance, and can produce lots of glare. This can be rectified using a circular polariser. However remember that using a CPL will decrease 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 article on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This boat or anything appropriate, or might be a tree. This will give greater depth to your photographs and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this really is a superb trick to boost the look of you photographs. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a manner that river or this road appears to either entering or leaving the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.