Landscape Photography,Australian Landscape Photography

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  1. 1. A Look at the Different Kinds of Surroundings Digital cameras TodayLandscape photography is a field of photography which allows the photographer theopportunity to travel to many parts of the world and capture the wonders and beauty of thisworld whilst at the same time experiencing other cultures, food, languages and lifestyles ofother races and religions.On the other hand Landscape Photography can be just outside your own front door orwindow by witnessing and photographing a beautiful sunset or sunrise. Beauty is everywhereand it does not necessarily mean you have to travel many thousands of miles to capture thatbeautiful photograph.The advent of digital photography has also made it a lot easier for the ordinary person tobecome involved in Australian Landscape Photography Unlike film photography the digitalimage can be deleted and hundreds of photographs taken at no cost to the photographer otherthan the initial cost of the camera equipment. The world has suddenly become a lot easier tocapture for all to see and it allows the novice photographer the opportunity to improve theirphotography skills at no additional cost other than their time and motivation. To become agood at landscape photography it is first of all essential that the photographer become veryconversant with their equipment such as camera body, lenses, filters and tripods. It istherefore very advisable for the aspiring photographer to spend time reading all the bookletsand brochures supplied by the equipment manufacturers and start experimenting withsuggested settings before they actually go out into the field. To this end it is againrecommended that the aspiring photographer start with daylight photography as it is a lessdemanding and also easier to see all the settings on the camera and lens.The following are a few non technical hints and tips for those about to commence landscapephotography: Always prepare for your photography session, not matter how short, by taking time beforehand to reconnoiter the landscape and terrain so that you become totally familiar with yoursurroundings. It is very important to know where the sun is rising; where the sun is settingand how the light will appear at the time of day you are planning to photograph. It is also important to become aware of the extent of any human and vehicular traffic at thetime you are planning to photograph otherwise this may impede you from getting unhinderedshots and thus cause you frustration and anxiety and spoil what could have been a wonderfulexperience.
  2. 2. In conjunction with the previous comment most experienced photographers prefer tophotograph either during the first two hours or last two hours of sunlight. In the first twohours of sunrise the suns rays are clean and pure and provide beautiful low light which is notintense whilst the last two hours in the afternoon provide a glorious warm golden glow; longshadows and glorious sunsets. It is advisable for all photographers, where practical, to use a good sturdy tripod and remoteswitch. Even though most lenses have anti shake it is nearly impossible with a large cameraand lens to avoid all movement. Money spent on a good strong tripod with a remote switchwill be repaid many times over with beautiful clean and clear shots. The tripod and remoteswitch also allows the photographer to check all the camera and lens settings with a lot lesspressure than if the photographer were holding the equipment. The two other recommended pieces of equipment considered essential for any photographerare a circular polarizing filter and a lens hood. Light rays which are reflected by any surfacebecome polarized and polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your cameralens. They allow you to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such aswater, glass etc. They also enable colours to become more saturated and appear clearer, withbetter contrast. This effect is often used to increase the contrast and saturation in blue skiesand white clouds. The primary use for a lens hood is to prevent light from hitting the front lens element fromthe sides which reduces contrast and creates flare. Pictures taken with a lens hood installedcan also have a richer colour and deeper saturation. A secondary use for a lens hood is toprotect the lens. Lens hoods are generally strong and stick out from the lens some distance.Accidental touches and scratches to the front element are reduced simply because the glass ismore difficult to reach with the hood in place. Digital cameras just keep getting better but despite all this progress you will need photosoftware that gets your pictures looking the best they can. You will also need good photosoftware to import and organize all those digital images, share them online, and print them.There are many software programmes available today which allow you to do all the editingand image storing that you heart desires. The best way to find out what is available is toresearch the internet for articles on digital photo editing; check for articles in photographicmagazines and/or check with your local camera store.
  3. 3. The final piece of non technical advice is to study what the professionals are doing byreading photographic magazines and reviewing web sites of these experts to see how theyapproach landscape photography. There are also many web sites where aspiringphotographers can chat and exchange ideas and where other photographers will give youadvice.Now that you have done a lot of research; purchased all your equipment; read all themanuals; experimented with all the settings; worked out which time of day suits you tophotograph; have checked out and reconnoitered the area in which you wish to photograph itis simply a matter of practice, practice and practice. Remember once you have purchased theequipment and editing software the only cost is your time.For more information please visit here : http://www.geoffbirrell.com