By: Ana Margarita Olar | Fotograpiya.com
Landscape photography is another venture that’s exciting and challenging to newbie photographer. Want to try some techniques?
Try the following:
Choose a focal point.
In any type of photography, the audience needs something to rest their eyes, and this is also true with landscape photography.
Without a focal point, the image will look empty. Focal points may include a vast mountain, a landmark, a tree, a boulder, etc.
You should also pay attention where you put the focal point in your shot.
Capture elements in motion.
You may have the idea that landscape photography is only about fixed subjects such as hills and mountains. But nature is dynamic ever changing.
The challenge is how to convey this motion in a picture. You can try the wind on tall grass, water flowing down from waterfalls, moving clouds over mountains, or flowing water on a riverbed.
Use the mirror effect of water.
A mountain reflected on a calm sea, or a landmark reflected in a water puddle, are just some of the example. This is done when water is exposed in a subdued light.
One technique to do this is to wait for perfect timing which is 1 hour after sunrise or 1 hour before sunset. Use a tripod, set the mode dial to TV or S mode, and push the ISO up starting from ISO 125.
Use wide-angle lens and photographic filters.
To capture the wide open space and emphasize a broader view, wide angle lens is preferred for landscape photography. You can also try two different filters to enhance the image quality of your shots.
One is the neutral density filters that prevents too much light and therefore useful on bright sunny days. And another is the polarizing filters that darken the sky to bring out white clouds and stars.
Consider the sky in your backgrounds.
In most situations, landscapes include a dominant sky, so you have to take this into consideration. If the sky is too flat or bland, place the horizon in the upper third of your shot while also seeing to it that the foreground is interesting.
But if the sky is filled with colors, clouds, place the horizon on lower thirds.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and go crazy and creatively to capture the nature’s best shot.
Don’t forget to experiment with techniques and come up with great and dramatic images.