Hints to Stunning Landscape Photographs
Landscape photography is a favourite genre amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and executed correctly it can give astounding results. In reality there are so many top photographers who've contributed so much to the genre of landscape photography that it has now grown to really have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart all this, what's landscape photography. Landscape photography is only photography of landscapes. It may be a snow clad a meandering river, mountain, a lovely rainbow, a ruby red sundown or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are definite rules or instead guidelines you have to keep in mind when you shoot those beautiful pics.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major criterion. Then you will need to get as much of the landscape in your frame, if you want real good photographs. If you're using a typical zoom lens or a point and shoot this could get annoying. 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 that you possess a DSLR, then you certainly can certainly use one of the specialized wide angle lenses. A great wide angle is the rule 10-22 mm lens which I use (Of course you can use it just with Cannon, but there are wide angle lenses available for all mounts. Just 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're searching for a more affordable option, you can use any one of the wide angle adaptors. All these are affordable, but the image quality is not too great. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is extremely essential. The very best time for landscape is either dusk or dawn. The natural lighting is just right and offers the best result. The problem with bright day light is that it will give your photos a washed out appearance, and can generate a lot of glare. This can be rectified by using a circular polariser. Yet 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: get a subject in the fore ground, As I 'd mentioned in my earlier article on rule of thirds. This could be a tree, or boat or anything suitable. This make for a better composition and will give greater depth to your photos.
4. Lastly this really is a super trick to boost the look of you photos. Locate a road or meandering river and compose your picture in this type of manner that this road or river appears to either leaving or entering the photo. This gives a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.