Landscape Digital Photography Hints - How to Take Great Photos
In the event you are like most camera owners and have a digital compact, this is your camera's time to glow. For most serious photographers, an SLR or DSLR is the obvious camera choice, only because they provide a much better depth of field but as it pertains to landscapes, compact cameras rule. Follow these tips and all you need to do to get some excellent landscape photos will be to set your compact to landscape mode.
Recall one of the most crucial keys to shooting great pictures is the quality of light.
For lighting that is soft, even and has a touch of warmth, shoot your landscape photos during the Golden Hours: the first hour after daybreak and the last hour before sundown (unless you're taking sunset images.
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For dim highlights and intensified colours, shoot under an overcast sky.
For spectacular shadows, shoot under a cloudy sky.
Accentuate the qualify of your image and add play by photographing a landscape scene with contrast; for example, red and gold autumn leafed trees against a strong blue sky.
To get an ultra soft effect, almost ethereal effect, shoot on a foggy day.
The next most important element of any picture that is great is composition. Here are some composition tips for perfect landscape photos.
Compose your landscape picture so the horizon appears straight. Creative, entertaining angles have their place in photography, but not when you are taking a horizon.
Fill two-thirds of your frame together with the subject of most interest, whether it be a spectacular sky or an interesting foreground.
Try to find lines. These could be anything from the apparent road or river to a shadow running along sand dunes. If your image has lines, try framing your shot so the major lines lead the eye toward the main point of interest, a road winding its way to the mountains that are the subject of your photograph, for example.
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Frame the composition using a stage of interest in the foreground. This focal point might be other line or a road as stated previously, a tree, individual, animal, house, etc. The focal point won't be the principal theme (the landscape is),but it adds depth, draws the audience into the image and gives the eyes a place to rest, thus engaging the viewer longer with your photograph. In short, a focal point makes your landscape photo more interesting and much more pleasing to view.
Look out for jumble. In a landscape photograph, clutter might be a pile of branches or something like power line overhead or an airplane or rubbish can on the ground. Use a decent photo editor like Photoshop to remove it if you can't get the picture you need without the jumble.
That's it! There's always more to learn with photography, but merely by following the suggestions above you can start shooting really good images of your favourite landscapes.