Hints to Stunning Landscape Photos
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out 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 aside 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 must keep in mind when you take those beautiful pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. In case you would like actual great photographs, then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. This could get frustrating if you are utilizing a regular zoom lens or a point and shoot. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and therefore won't have the capacity to capture the entire landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except make use of the panorama mode (I'll talk in detail about the panorama mode). Then you certainly can use one of the specialized wide angle lenses, in the event you have a DSLR. A good wide angle is the principle 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. Simply bear 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 searching for a more economical choice, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are affordable, but the image quality isn't so great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely essential. The best time for landscape is either dusk or dawn. The natural lighting provides the very best result and is just correct. The problem with bright day light is that it can create lots of glare, and will give your photos a washed out look. This is often rectified using a circular polariser. Yet remember that using a CPL will decrease 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 article on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This anything or boat proper, or could be a tree. This make for a better composition and will give greater depth to your photos.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to enhance the appearance of you photographs. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a way this road or river seems to either leaving or entering the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.