Tips to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed properly it can give astounding results. In fact there are really so many top photographers who have contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it's now grown to truly have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is simply photography of landscapes. It might be a snow clad a meandering river, mountain, a beautiful rainbow, a crimson red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are definite rules or rather guidelines you must keep in mind when you take those stunning pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important standard. Should you want real pictures that are good, then you will 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 may get frustrating. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore won't be able 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'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you definitely can use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized, in the event that you have a DSLR. A good wide angle is the rule 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 require a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are quite expensive. If you are searching for a cheaper option, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality is not too great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite critical. The very best time for landscape is either dawn or dusk. The natural lighting is just right and provides the best result. The problem with bright day light is the fact that it can give your photos a washed out look, and can produce lots of glare. This is often rectified by using a circular polariser. Yet recall 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 'd mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This anything or boat appropriate, or might be a tree. This will definitely give greater depth to your photographs and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this really is a super trick to enhance the look of you pictures. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of way that this road or river seems to either leaving or entering the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.