Landscape Photography Guide

Posted on September 19, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Instead of just making a record of a scenic landscape, you can create truly impressive landscape and nature photography compositions with these suggestions. These tips are also intended to help you get better chances of winning photo contest. These are actually a compilation of tips which I got from expert photographers who have enough experience from photo contests all over the internet.

Include a strong point of interest

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Your eye needs a place to rest in the picture, so include something of interest clump of colorful flowers, a cloud in the sky, a mountain, a tree, a boat. You should be able to find ways to set a specific catch in your photo whatever theme the photo competition may bring.

Include an interesting object

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In photo competitions, including an attractive object in the foreground adds more beauty to the photo. So inlcude a branch, a boulder, a fence can add depth to your picture.

Place the point of interest off-center

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In landscape and nature photography contests, the picture will be more interesting if the horizon or your point of interest is not in the center of the picture. Put the horizon a third of the way down from the top (or up from the bottom) of the frame , or the subject a third of the way in from the left or right. Experiment until you find a better composition.

Include people for scale

The cliff may not look all that big, especially in a photo until you put a person next to it. In some scenes, including a person adds a sense of awe by showing the sheer size of your subject that appeals to you.

Use lines to lead the eye

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Lines, such as a road, a river, or a fence, direct attention into your picture. Select a spot or an angle where major lines in the scene lead your eye toward the main center of interest. In photography contests, using lines lets you take control of the viewers eyes. Guiding them from one point to another, getting all the attention of your photo.

Wait for the right light

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For picture contests, the best light is in the early morning, shortly after sunrise, or late afternoon when the sun is low. Noonday sunlight is harsh and less appealing, so if you have the option, take pictures early or late in the day.

Take pictures, even in bad weather

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Don’t let rainy days discourage you from taking pictures. Polished by the rain, colors seem to glow. On overcast days, try to include a spot of color to brighten your picture.

Turn off your flash

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For more effective lighting when you’re outside in dim light and your subject isn’t within flash range (more than about 10 feet away), turn off your flash and capture the scene in the existing light. Hold your camera extra steady or use a tripod and be sure to use high-speed film if you have a film camera. Please note that side light can be used differently in black and white photography.

Capture a panorama

If your camera has a panoramic format mode (P), you can use it to capture the grandeur of a wide vista. APS cameras, such as a Kodak Advantix camera, have this feature, as do panoramic one-time-use cameras, such as the Kodak Advantix switchable camera. These cameras have better functionality and are very useful for picture contests.

Avoid distractions

Is there a trash can in the foreground? A telephone wire overhead? Check everything in the viewfinder and reposition yourself to eliminate distractions.

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