12 Ways to Rock Landscape Photography

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Presentation to the Virginia Photography Club on Nov. 2, 2010. Guidelines for Landscape Photography with my own photo examples.

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12 Ways to Rock Landscape Photography

  1. 1. 12 WAYS TO ROCK LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY ALEXA MILLER // @ALEXALMILLER // ALEIGHM.COM
  2. 2. #1 FIND A FOCAL POINT Landscapes should still draw the eye using effective composition & the rule of thirds.
  3. 3. #2 LOOK FOR LINES Eyes follow lines.
  4. 4. #3 SEEK NATURAL FRAMES • Trees and rocks are great for framing. • Horizons don’t HAVE to be straight. •Try to avoid positioning horizons at the center of the photo.
  5. 5. #4 CAPTURE MOTION • APERTURE + SHUTTER SPEED • TRIPOD + REMOTE • DON’T FORGET ABOUT COMPOSITION!
  6. 6. #5 THINK ABOUT DEPTH OF FIELD • APERTURE • The narrower the aperture, the wider the depth of field. • The larger the F-Stop, the narrower the aperture. • You may need a longer exposure to achieve maximum depth of field.
  7. 7. #6GET THE LIGHT RIGHT • WHERE IS THE SUN? • BRACKETING + HDR • YOUR TRIPOD IS STILL YOUR FRIEND
  8. 8. #7 GET THE LIGHT WRONG Because sometimes, it just looks cool.
  9. 9. #8PLAN. • GOLDEN HOUR – Sunset & sunrise, when the sun is low in the sky. Light is less intense at these times. • TIME OF YEAR • APPS LIKE LIGHTTRAC – Plan for a specific geographic location, know when the sun will disappear behind hills, etc www.LightTracApp.com
  10. 10. #9 POLARIZE Use a circular polarizer to darken blue skies, saturate colors, and eliminate reflections from water and windows. Photo credit: randomSPACE CIRCULAR POLARIZER NO FILTER
  11. 11. #10 DON’T FORGET THE FOREGROUND It’s easy to get in the habit of using the sky as the point of interest. Don’t forget to consider the foreground when composing your landscapes photographs.
  12. 12. #11 CAPTURE MORE • It’s easier than ever to stitch multiple photos together. Automate in Photoshop or download free software • Tip: Capture even more by stitching vertical photos to create a horizontal panorama • YOUR TRIPOD IS STILL YOUR FRIEND
  13. 13. #12 SHOOT RAW Maintain the ability to adjust your photos while retaining quality.

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