14 Techniques of Fine Art Landscape Photography

14 Techniques of Fine Art Landscape Photography
14 Techniques of Fine Art Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is the kind of photo that shows the beauty of nature, “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ” –Ansel Adams

Therefore, today we will share 14 Techniques of Fine Art Landscape Photography. This type of photography is actually 90% only need to be in place and the right time. That is why pictures of a landscape is to be patient. But a lot of small things forgotten when photographing landscape. Here are the things that you can make your guidelines.

  1. Select the sky or land?
    Let’s pick. Which one is better? Sky or the mainland, Choose both, take half land and half the sky. Then your pictures will impress flat, ambiguous, although perhaps at that time the sky surge. Do not be greedy, let alone highlight strengths and weaknesses.
    Sunset or sunrise when the sky will indeed be very tempting. But still remember the rules of the classic rule of thirds. As a rule of thumb, provide the part you want to make as much as 2/3 of a frame.
    But, remember this rule does not necessarily make you a good picture. Use your own vision when shooting. Already know the rules? If so now is the time to be broken.
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  2. Find ‘Focal Point’
    Not the location where we focus on the lens. But more to the point where lovers’s eyes will be focused first photograph, stop and observe correctly, and then roam the whole area of the photo. Not only the landscapes, I think almost all types photograph require this, if not then the photos on-skip it. Focal point is not the POI (point of interest), but POI can also be a focal point. Precisely focal point will be the starting point to explore the POI.
    A small sapling grows under the towering pines at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. This scene was found on the Cedar Ledge Trail in the early spring, not long after the winter thaw.The lagoon of Reid State Park is a quiet retreat from the fierceness of the ocean, allowing even the most timid swimmers a chance to enjoy the calm waters.
  3. Do not forget Foreground
    No less important to the background, foreground could make our photos more dimension. There is a sensation of depth of our pictures if we choose correctly positioned foreground. Often the foreground becomes the focal point and the POI from our landscapes. In fact, according to my landscape photographs without the foreground like a “husband without a wife” hehehe.
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  4. Use a Tripod
    Items of this one was a dilemma. Carried is heavy, left and later regret. But better slightly increase the burden, rather than sorry when it comes to home with the images that are less satisfactory. And one think, also use cable release or self-timer together with mirror lock up so that the camera really does not shake. (asked Mr. google if do not know) Because when we press the shutter camera also can take a little shake.
  5. Maximize Depth of Field (DoF)
    Photos landscape in general sharply from end to end. Therefore we often use an aperture of f / 8 and under, and often f / 22.  Use the principle of hyperfocal distance for optimal diaphragm that depending on conditions. In order not to always be in the minimum position, because in this position the images will tend to be soft.
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  6. Capture natural movement
    Maybe some people think is a landscape photo photograph quiet, peaceful, and without movement.
    But we can add a bit of “drama” in our fine art landscapes photography. Can be any waves in the sea, trees blowing in the wind, clouds running, etc.
    In the motion capture like this, it takes some ancillary equipment such as filters ND (neutral density) and a tripod. If we catch him, we will feel a landscape photo “other world” the mood is very strong.
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  7. Working together with the weather
    We can not forecast the weather. We can only wait for the right time to take pictures. Most beginners think that a good landscape photo is during a sunny day. It’s not entirely wrong.
    If we want a slightly different landscape photo, shoot at the time of unusual weather. For example during the storm, overcast, after the rain, the sky was dark with little sunlight, and the condition of “extreme” others. Your photo will be characterized, because the events that you just picture will not be repeated again and it was the best moment of rare natural character.
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  8. Golden hour & Blue Hour
    Light from the side will show a strong dimension and texture to an object. In fine art landscape photography, the light from the side emerged during the morning and afternoon. At this time, the colors – colors look very nice and natural photography landscape looks very lively. After the golden hour (evening), do not clean up the camera first. Wait after sunset. Before dark color of the sky will be dark blue, which is no less beautiful.
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  9. Find Arts in Composition
    Play with the composition. Discover the art in your composition, such as the example Lines and Shapes. Line can be a very strong focal point for helping our eyes explore our landscape photo.
    Lines can provide tremendous depth, a different perspective. Find the lines in your photo and make it a great strength.
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  10. Best Shoot in bad light
    Sometimes indeed we are less fortunate. But, try to keep shooting.
    Bad weather sometimes gives a different mood.  But take advantage all the conditions of the strengths of your composition,  therefore our picture becomes different from the others.
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  11. Change your perspective
    Exploration of all that is in front of you and do not just focus on one point. Discover a different view, try to view parallel to the ground, or climb to the top of the tree. Let your imagination flow and look for the corresponding view with visualization and imagination.
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  12. Take the details of the landscape
    Landscape photography is not only the wide-angle. What lenses can for photographing landscape. Ranging from fish-eye to super telephoto. Find something beautiful and detailed. It makes your photos much art in it.
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  13. Use HDR Technique  (High dynamic range)
    The trick is to take a few photos with different exposure ranges, and then combine them.
    Able to manual blending or using software like Photomatix or Photoshop.
    Do not be too excessive when processing HDR photo. Use that images look natural and not like a three-dimensional cartoon.
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  14. Let’s to continue find the art of Landscape photography
    If you’ve read all the tips above, let’s go out and start shooting landscape. Tell me, when was the last time you were out enjoying the sunrise / sunset?
    here are many examples of nature photography that may be able to make your destination.