Photo Tip How To Create Better Landscape Photography!
Photo Tip How To Create Better Landscape Photography!At some point in our photo lives, we all give landscape photography a try. And when we see theresults, for the most part we are disappointed. Todays photo tip will help you move yourlandscape photos to a new level, and give you something you can hang on your wall with pride.
Landscape photography isnt easy! It would seem that all we have to do is find a pretty location,set up our Camera and voila! We start winning contests left and right.
Not going to happen. In fact, I once read a quote from one of the greatest landscapephotographers of all time Ansel Adams who said he felt lucky if he could get one good shotA MONTH!
By the way, the negatives of some of his best known works are almost unprintable. My personalopinion of Ansel Adams is that he was a pretty good photographer, but nothing extraordinary.His genius was in the darkroom.
Did you know that he didnt use a Light to expose the negative onto the photo sensitive paper?He had some sort of convoluted setup of mirrors etc., where he funneled actual sunlight downonto his negatives. If it was nighttime or heavily overcast, he couldnt print!
Then he created an actual book of how long each individual section of the negative needed tobe exposed and so forth. For example the clouds for half a second, the trees for 3 seconds theforeground for 1 second and so on. It took a LONG time to work out how to print each negative.
After all that, he wound up throwing out as many prints as he kept. His printing standards werepretty high!
I say all of this to point out that even with Digital cameras giving us immediate feedback, and Photoshop giving us a LOT of opportunities to fix mistakes, we STILL have trouble getting thatWOW factor into our landscape photos.
Here is a way to immediately move ahead to the next level
Perhaps more than any other style of photography, landscape photos rely on the quality of lightto give us that wow.
Look through all your photo magazines, books and courses and one common element is thatalmost NONE of the photos were shot around noon. Take a few minutes to check it out itstrue.
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When were they shot?
Photo tip Typically the best light you are going to get is at dawn through to about an hour pastdawn and sunset through to about an hour after the sun dips below the horizon.
You may have a terrific eye for landscape photography Composition, Exposure and so forth but if you dont shoot at these optimal times, you are out of luck.
If you are a budding (or even a professional) photographer and the sun is out when you wakeup in the morning, you have forever missed an opportunity. Its the same with watching the 6oclock news on television. If the sun goes down and you are at home
For most of us, even if you have to be at work in the morning you will usually have enough timeto get out there and practice your landscape photography and still get to the office on time.
Its the same with kids. Leave them with the sleeping spouse, roll out of bed (while it is stilldark) go to your pre-selected location, shoot from dawn to about an hour past and you can stillget home before most of them even wake up!
Note: you dont need to drive to some distant mountain range. Just go to a local park, or shoota nice looking building. You are learning to work with light. Then, when you are on vacation, youwill have the skills needed to get the landscape shots youve been dreaming of.
I know this photo tip is basic, but this is just the first of a series. Keep reading the daily PhotoTips articles on landscape photography and you will be build a skill set to be envied!
If this daily tip was a nice review of what you already knew GREAT! If it taught you something you need my On Target Photo Training course. All of it, right now!
P.S. I can open the door, but YOU have to walk through!
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