The Key To Great Digital Landscape Photography Is Patience
Digital landscape photography: What do you enjoy most
about it? Do you love getting out into the countryside to take pictures
Peace, tranquillity and beautiful hills, rivers
and valleys for you to
capture and turn into your own impressive masterpieces.
One of the best digital landscape photography tips when shooting a
scene is to compose the shot with elements placed in an interesting way
that leads the viewer’s eye into the photograph.
Composition and lighting are the two most important properties when it
comes to creating beautiful and captivating landscape shots.
How Do You Do It?
Well the best place to start is to include some foreground interest in
your composition. This will add a depth of perspective to the scene and
provide a logical entry point in the picture for your viewer’s eye.
A good foreground can be made up from all sorts of things. You can use
a river, wall or path to lead the eye or even a tree or boulder.
I personally love photographs that use a wall or path leading from the
bottom corner of the picture right through into the background.
Once the viewer’s eye is drawn into a scene, it helps to have another
element sitting waiting in the middle of the frame such as another tree
Finally, using the rule of thirds, you should complete the scene with
an interesting skyline or cloud formation. You can also use another
building or object in the distance instead.
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Have a look at this picture by Patrick Smith. It's an excellent example
of digital landscape photography technique.
Taken with an 8-second exposure @ F22 and ND grad 0.9 + 0.6, Canon 5D
and a Canon 17-40L @ 18.
His digital landscape photography techiques included using a long
exposure to define and emphasize the rocks in the foreground. This
reduced the distracting motion of the waves while the glow of the water
He also adjusted his camera's auto-focus point to focus one third of
the way into the shot. The allowed him to keep everything sharp using
the large depth-of-field.
There are other times, however, when showing the motion of the water is
the better choice. You need to experiment sometimes to determine the
best approach. You can see more of his work at Patrick
Summary Of Digital
Landscape Photography Techniques
Plan Your Shoot. Choose the location that
you want to photograph and do some research on the area to find good
elements for your shot. Check the direction that the sun is shining and
get up early to capture the best morning light.
Go Wide. Shoot at the highest resolution
that your camera has and use a wide angle lens. This allows you to
squeeze as much of the scene as possible into your shot.
Use Aperture Priority. Use small aperture
settings to ensure a deep depth of field. This allows you to have the
whole scene in focus and sharp from front to back. Usually a F-stop
number of around f/11 is best.
Keep Your Camera Steady. Use a tripod to
keep your camera steady. When photographing a large landscape area, you
can also try using a cable release to ensure minimal movement and that
everything is kept as sharp as possible.
If you don't have a cable release system, don't worry, use the camera's
self-timer instead. It works just as well in most situations.
To improve your shots even further you may need a lens hood to stop
glare from the sun and a couple of filters. The most useful, I find, is
the polariser. This handy attachment allows you to deepen blue sky in
sunny weather, reduce glare on foliage and helps cut out reflections in
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