Hints to Stunning Landscape Photos
Landscape photography is a genre that is favourite amongst many photographers, including me and if composed and carried out 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 have a life of its own. Anyways leaving apart all this, what is landscape photography. Landscape photography is only photography of landscapes. It could be a snow clad mountain, a meandering river, a lovely rainbow, a ruby red sunset or a placid lake. Whatever be the scene, there are certain rules or instead when you take those pics that are stunning guidelines you need to keep in mind.
1. The Angle of view: This is a major criterion. If you would like actual photos that are good, then you'll need to get as much of the landscape in your frame. This may get troublesome if you are using a regular zoom lens or a point and shoot. This is because these lenses have a narrow angle of view and thus will not be able to capture the whole landscape in your frame. In a point and shoot there is not much you can do except use the panorama mode (I will talk in detail about the panorama mode). In the event that you own a DSLR, then you can use one of the specialized wide angle lenses. A good wide angle is the canon 10-22 mm lens that I use (Of course you can use it only with Cannon, but 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 costly. If you're searching for a more affordable choice, you may use any one of the wide angle adaptors. These are cheap, but the image quality is not too good. So itis a trade off.
2. Time of shoot: This is quite critical. The very best time for landscape is either twilight or dawn. The natural lighting offers the greatest result and is just correct. The dilemma with bright day light is that it may generate lots of glare, and may give your photos a washed out appearance. This is often rectified using a circular polariser. However 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 post on rule of thirds. This could be a tree, or boat or anything appropriate. This will definitely give greater depth to your photographs and make for a better composition.
4. Lastly this is a super trick to enhance the look of you pictures. Search for a road or meandering river and compose your picture in such a style this road or river seems to either entering or leaving the photo. This provides a great aesthetic appeal to the photo.