Landscape photography tips to inspire you to get out of the city, away from the crowds and back into nature.
Landscape refers to a portion of scenery from one viewpoint. When we speak of landscape photography, the subject is the scenery where it shows some sections of it that are interesting to the eye. Landscapes show images of the land and its aggregate natural features. It depends on the photographer on how he will make the view more dramatic and appealing.
Landscape photography tips to inspire you to get out of the city, away from the crowds and back into nature. Landscape photography is a favorite with professional and amateur photographers alike. There awaits a wealth of natural landscapes filled with beauty and drama, always changing with the seasons. Here are some tips for landscape photography.
When you are taking a landscape photograph, try creating a sense of depth by keeping all the different elements of the image in focus. To do this you need to use a small aperture, from f/16-f/22 because this keeps objects in the foreground and background sharp. Place your camera on a tripod (this will eliminate camera shake) when using a small aperture, as less light will be entering the lens.
Use The Shadows
During the late afternoon, shadows are long but too often we don’t see them properly. It is an interesting experiment to make the shadows the main focus of your shot. The image was taken with a 70 mm focal length lens which gives a certain amount of compression to the view. The photographer used an f/9 aperture which is sufficiently small to give depth all the way through the picture.
Photograph Harbour Lights
Are you going on holiday? Will you be staying near a port? Try out some digital night photography around the harbour area just after the sun has set. Because the harbour area is protected, the water will be quite flat and you can get some beautiful reflections, balanced by the last hint of day-light. Up the ISO to 800. Any higher and you may have too much digital noise.
Use Water As A Mirror
Water in subdued light can create beautiful effects and reflections. The best time for this kind of shot is during the two “golden hours” which are the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Put your camera on a tripod and set the mode dial to TV or S (Shutter-Priority) mode. Choose a slow shutter speed and allow the camera to choose the correct aperture. If you struggle to get a sharp image you can push the ISO up although ISO 125 is a good starting point.
Compose in Thirds
To use the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off-center or on one of the intersections will create extra interest as it creates a pleasing layout. When a photograph is composed using the rule of thirds the eyes will wander the frame. A picture composed by the rule of thirds is more interesting and pleasing to the eye.