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Landscape Photography – Catching The Professional Look!

November 28th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Getting a professional look to your landscape photographs then, is as much a challenge as it is a pleasure when the praise starts coming in: realistic, awesome or inspiring results can be achieved with the right lighting and angles but it does call for patience and some amount of dedicated practice to learn the use of basic equipment and techniques of outdoor photography.

The techniques of outdoor landscape photography differ vastly from indoor or studio photography techniques and so does the lighting and equipment needed to get good results. Once, the hobby photographer has learned the importance of using the right equipment in the correct manner, landscape photography is no longer a mystery to someone who applies the knowledge of art and a passion for capturing a landscape in a way that it speaks to the observer.

You too can learn to deliver artful messages to the viewer through your work, the way in which you present a shot or series of shots so that it moves your viewer to feel something for the work. Whatever message you want to portray should be clear to the viewer through the mood setting dominant in your landscape photograph and so the main details you need to pay special attention to are the kind of lighting you are focusing the camera angle in, existence of any shadows (sometimes even shadow-plays give great results for a dreamy, fantastic or even mystical mood setting, but this requires a lot of practice to achieve – and sometimes, just weather-luck) besides necessary equipment.

If you choose to use B/W film for landscape, this is a really demanding medium for the photography of nature since true artistry is difficult to attain through this as there is little reliance on colors beyond black and white and so the dependence of the picture looking eye-catching is mostly on any shadows the image creates. This is why composition is an important part of landscape photography: the picture should have certain sharp edges, tones and textures to alleviate the sense of lacking colors but still having character.

The foundation of B/W photography is getting the camera to capture what the eye actually views in color and also to highlight a definite portion and let shadows play on another section; varied angles of buildings and water have made for great black and white photography in the past and you can try your luck with this aspect too.

On the other hand, even trees and rocks, bridges and natural ridges, land formations and man-made buildings against a natural backdrop make for an interesting contrast say, like contradictions existing peacefully alongside and so draw the eye to this play of opposites.

A photographer can use various angles to give a sharp or even soft contrast to the effect one desires and evoke definite emotion in the viewer simply by allowing for a touch of color play, if taking to color photography in subtle tones. Natural lighting required for landscape photography makes for easier candid shots to be captured by color films and thus, many hobbyists prefer taking up Digital photography that allows them to evaluate the quality of the picture before committing it to print as the LCD screen shows them most important aspects of the picture’s focus, which goes a long way to ensure a perfect picture.

So, as an amateur photographer, you need to put in some amount of practice with your basic photography equipment and learn best angles, focus points, time of day and spots to pick out for getting consistent results each time – to breathe in life into your landscape photos!

Abhishek Agarwal

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