An Introduction To Landscape Photography

An Introduction To Landscape Photography

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Landscape Photography

Taking images of nature or man-made scenes around the world. This can be a remote place, an urban location or your own back yard

Take Your Time

This is important in all types of photography! Take a deep breath and think about what's important. Give your subject or scene the attention it deserves. Be patient and frame-up.

If you walked an hour to find a scene worth photographing, it would be a shame to miss it. Before you leave, look to the left, to the right, and completely around. A great shot may be right behind you.

Certain parts of the scene can and will change while you are shooting. The light, the weather, and objects in your field of view will not look the same the whole time you’re there. This means your schedule or plan will have to change with them. Adapt. Changes bring opportunity!

Golden Hour

Golden hour is the last hour of light before sunset and the first hour of light after sunrise. Take advantage of the soft light and rich golden colors. Try Increasing Your Depth of Field Choose a small aperture setting (a larger f-number). This will get the entire scene, from the foreground to the background, in focus. Getting all the houses, trees, creeks and mountains in focus can help tell the entire story of what’s going on in your picture.

Use A Tripod

Smaller apertures lead to slower shutter speeds. Slower shutter speed means dealing with the possibility of motion blur. It may be hard to get a hand-held shot. Set up a tripod to keep your camera from moving or shaking around.

Focal Points

A focal point is a point of interest. It is a unique part of a photograph that draws the viewer's eye.

The focal point helps tell a story.

One way to add a point of interest is to include a person in your shot. It can give a recognizable scale and can convey perspective.

Other things to include as focal points can be a cabin, a fence, or a red tree in a sea of green trees. The list is endless. Take a close look at your scene and you’ll find that most focal points are hard to miss!

Watch Your Horizon Line

Avoid a centered horizon line when framing up your shot. This cuts the image into two equal but possibly unflattering sections. You can move the position of the horizon line by simply tilting your camera. Shoot from a position lower to the ground or from higher up. Or simply angle your camera up or down. You may find that you end up including something interesting that you were about to leave out.

Is your horizon line crooked? Does it run on an angle across the photo? Sometimes this can be done with an artistic purpose in mind, but most of the time it leaves the viewer thinking that something doesn’t look quite right. Avoid letting crooked horizon lines or boring parts of the scene dominate your shot. Landscape photography is perfect for anyone who likes to photograph things as they travel and hike.



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