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DPT Magazine - Learn How To Create Better Landscapes
April 18, 2012

Mark McKnight here with some more tips for taking better photographs.

In my last newsletter, we talked about some key photography training from Amy Renfrey for creating stunning photos everytime you press the shutter.

You see, one of major problems with capturing great landscape photos can be traced back to one thing...


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to finally capture that big expansive look and feel to your landscape pictures?

How awful is it to arrive at an awesome place that lays out a scene of majestic color and expansiveness before you only to find you can't capture it properly on your digital camera?

How frustrating huh?

The secret is your lense. Think of the lense as an 'eye' of your camera.

Your digital camera has to have something for the light to go into to collect the information to produce the photo. And it can't reproduce an awesome scene if it doesn't have the right visual range from it's 'eye.'

The camera is basically modelled on the human eye. In fact it was discovered that in order for a camera to work it must have light directed into it. And it does this via the lense.

To understand this point, think of this:

Can you, yourself, see a long distance away clearly without the aid of a pair of binoculars?

Which is why in taking pictures, the long distance zoom lense was created. Even though we are not talking about zoom lenses right now, you get my point. The camera is the same. It needs a little help if you want to create a wider, more expansive feel.

The lense of your camera is one of the most important things that you'll need to know (especially with nature shots). To create a majestic landscape or a powerful scene of nature a wide angle lense is what is used to do this.

Good digital photography is always done with the help of 'tools.' Very rarely do you 'point and shoot' and hey presto a magic, professional looking photo appears. Oh if it was that easy!

Now don't fall into this trap: a wide angle lense just gets everything in. Yes and no. In using a wide angle lense a certain amount of compression occurs. What I mean by this is that your mountain landscape scene becomes two dimensional. It means that the lense 'flattens' the scene to a large degree. It has to in order to become a picture.

A wide angle lense gives you a better, wider angle in which you can take the landscape at. It actually compresses more than a normal lense would, leaving you with a much better picture.

All fantastic professional landscape shots are done this way. And if you seriously want better landscape pictures then a wide angle lense is the way to go.

Just check with your digital camera manufacturer as to what lense is able to be adapted to the camera itself. And in no time those pictures will improve and your experience with digital photography will be so much more rewarding.

Here are some tips to get you started on the right foot with setting up your camera properly for landscape photography.

Shooting a good landscape photo requires good lighting and composition. Try to take your landscape shots first thing in the morning just after sunrise or last thing at night just before sunset. This is known as the Golden hour.

Also be sure to include some foreground, midground and background interest in your composition.

I recommend the following camera settings when shooting a landscape:

- Wide angle lense

- Aperture Priority (Av) mode

- Maximise depth of field with a small aperture (f16)

- Use a tripod with a spirit level and mirror lockup

- Shoot in RAW

- Auto-focus one third into the scene

By following the above guidelines, you'll be taking the first steps toward creating the best landscape photos you've ever taken.

Of course, there is a lot more to it, and I couldn't possibly lay out every landscape tip and technique in this email.

Fortunately, it's all laid out for you in an easy, step-by-step format in Any Renfrey's e-package:

Digital Photography Success

I love Amy's training... it's quite simply the best out there. And not only do her methods and techniques work great for every photographer, but they're also really fun and easy to learn.

You can get the full scoop here:

Here's just a taste of what's revealed in this amazing digital photography training package:

* How to create spectacular placement of your subjects in your photos like the masters of photography (knowing this one little secret will blow your mind and you will wonder why you never saw it before!)

* How to eliminate overly bright and overly dark areas on all your photographs from now on (you will never get stuck with fuzzy images, blurry lines or indistinguishable objects ever again)

* You'll quickly discover how to use your aperture and shutter speed together to create sharp, fast high action sports shots (whilst maintaining sharp, crystal clear focus, every time!)

* Learn how you can get loads more light on your scene without changing your shutter or aperture, (all with the press of one small button at the back of your camera.)

* Learn the secrets to knowing exactly how to use the camera in full manual control (it's so easy and with these simple methods you will never want to use anything else again)

* How to increase the quality, sharpness and depth in your photos using one simple rule (your landscapes will look big and majestic, and your close up shots will be super sharp, every single time)

* How to keep off-centred subjects, in perfectly clear, sharp focus, regardless of what camera you own (even when you shoot in auto and have the most basic, cheap, little camera you bought second hand off eBay)

and that's not nearly all.

Get the full scoop at Amy's special digital photography success webpage here:

Happy shooting,

Mark McKnight

P.S. Don't miss tomorrows newsletter where I explain indoor photography and how to make it better. In the meantime, head on over to Amy's site and checkout her great photography training packages.

...and see what all the fuss is about. I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

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