Tips to Stunning Landscape Photos
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed properly it can give results that are astounding. In reality 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 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 lovely rainbow, a crimson red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are definite rules or instead guidelines you need to keep in mind when you take those beautiful pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is an important criterion. Should you want actual photos that are great, then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. If you are employing a point and shoot or a conventional zoom lens this could get frustrating. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and thus will not manage to capture the entire landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there isn't much you can do except make use of the panorama mode (I will talk in detail about the panorama mode). If you have a DSLR, then you definitely can use one of the specialized wide angle lenses. A good wide angle is the principle 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you can use it just with Cannon, however there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just continue in mind you necessitate a zoom in the range of 10-20 mm). The one disadvantage of this is that these are very costly. If you're looking for a cheaper option, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are cheap, but the image quality is not so great. So it's a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite critical. The best time for landscape is either dusk or dawn. The natural lighting is just right and provides the greatest result. The issue with bright day light is the fact that it can generate plenty of glare, and will give your photos a washed out look. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. However 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: get a subject in the fore ground As I had mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds. This might be a tree, or anything or boat suitable. This make for a better composition and will definitely give greater depth to your photos.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to enhance the appearance of you pictures. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of way that this road or river seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.