Landscape Photography

When nature’s breath-taking landscapes captivate us, our eyes could not get enough of it. The grandeur finds its niche in our brain and it triggers our imagination to re-live the magnificent view, over and over again. And in most cases our biological projector can play it back more vibrant and panoramic than the photos from our camera. Then the frustrating question pops up: Is it really possible to shoot landscape that is just as beautiful as I saw it? The answer is a simple yes. And if you find it hard to believe, it will even shock you more to know, that it is also possible to enhance your landscape photos to look even better than how it looked when you saw it.When shooting a beautiful landscape, you must remember that the resulting photo will be shown to other people. Imagine that you are getting paid millions of dollars for the shot by a hard-to-please client. This thought will evoke challenge. It will accelerate creativity and will awaken the sleeping artist in you. All of the compelling pictures of landscapes that you have seen in the past will flash before your eyes. These images in your head will work wonders in your photography. They are your inspirations and the driving forces in mastering Landscape Photography.Allow me to take you to a place on earth that has majestic mountains, rolling hills, lakes, waterfalls, rugged rocks and colorful flowers. This place has all the elements of a captivating landscape. Together, we will capture it in frame the way it captures our eyes. From where we stand, we begin by scanning the horizon in 360 degrees from left to right. By doing so, we get to envision the horizontal frame that isolates the winning shot. If you want to put a three dimensional feel to your landscape, a good foreground with exciting details like the rugged rocks, positioned on the side of the frame would be a good idea. To spice-up the foreground, include a few of the colorful wild flowers. And for the main subject, the waterfalls would certainly fit the bill. The blue sky and the patches of white clouds in the background would most definitely accentuate the shot.Once the landscape we want has been established, we concentrate on it. We will keep in mind that the best way to present any landscape is in a horizontal frame, so we try to avoid vertical shots. We will set the lens in the widest angle available and the narrowest aperture that the metered light would allow in handheld shot. Then, we emulate the artistic wisdom of the photographers who shot the beautiful landscapes that we admire. They all observed the Rule of Thirds, which means the main subject is not on dead center of the frame. This also means positioning the horizon on the lower third or the upper third of the frame, depending on the background or the foreground that is shown in the photo. These photographers paid close attention to details. There were no distracting elements such as cable cars, airplanes in the sky, telephone wires, garbage cans, signs and people walking by. They also made sure that their own shadows are not seen in the foreground. Contrast and lighting were not taken for granted either. Their photos seem to have been photographed in a perfect time of the day. The colors are so vibrant.We are all capable of achieving shots like those. The only things that can possibly make it difficult are the weather conditions and the time of the day. Being at the right place but at the wrong time can cause grief to any photographer. And it is in this situation where patience, can be you’re your greatest asset. Will you wait till the sun is out? And stay until it is in the right direction? Or will you come back another day for the perfect shot? What if you are a tourist who is just visiting from the other end of the globe? Today is the only chance you have. The tour bus is leaving in an hour.If you are like me, you will shoot it anyway and cheat later. There is photo editing software that can do magical post-processing to your shots. Who knows, maybe the photograph you so admired is also a product of computer magic.

Landscape Photography


Toronto, Canada

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