Tips to Stunning Landscape Pictures
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out properly it can give astounding results. Actually there are really so many top photographers who've brought so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to have a life of its own. Anyways leaving aside all this, what's 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 sundown or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are particular rules or instead guidelines you need to keep in mind when you shoot those beautiful pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important standard. In case you prefer real good photos, then you'll need to get as a lot of the landscape in your frame. This may get troublesome if you are utilizing a conventional 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 whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except make use of the panorama mode (I will talk in detail about the panorama mode). In the event you have a DSLR, then you can certainly use one of the wide angle lenses that are specialized. A good wide angle is the canon 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it only with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Only keep in mind you require a zoom in the scope of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are quite expensive. If you are looking for a more affordable alternative, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are cheap, but the image quality isn't so good. So it is a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite critical. The very best time for landscape is either morning or dusk. The natural lighting is just correct and provides the greatest result. The problem with brilliant day light is the fact that it will give your photos a washed out appearance, and may produce a lot of glare. This can be rectified using a circular polariser. Nevertheless 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 post on rule of thirds, get a subject in the fore ground. This could be a tree, or boat or anything proper. This will definitely give greater depth to your photos and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to boost the appearance of you pictures. Look for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a way that river or this road seems to either leaving or entering the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.