HOW TO TAKE GREAT LANDSCAPE PHOTOS

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And now to talk about this weeks subject: How to take great Landscape photos.  Now, sometimes I know people will think that landscape photos just come by naturally, and you don’t need any special training on this.  I think if you have ever seen a photographic exhibit where the photographer took nothing but landscape photos, you would be in awe.  How do you get landscape photos like that?  Well, hopefully with this weeks blog, we can help you understand how to capture some amazing photos.  I will admit that doing this subject will cause you to be entertained with really incredible photography, which is a great thing.

Point #1:  Don’t be lazy.  Don’t just get out of the car and shoot from the road.  Get out and move around and see what is the better shot.  Some people that have been to that location before will be in awe when they see that it is more beautiful from another angle.

Point #2:  There are golden hours to take pictures.  About one hour after sunrise, and one hour before sunset.  Those two hours will give you the warmth and color that make the pictures just glow.  It makes them just that much better.

Point #3:  If  you can, use a tripod. This will make your pictures sharper and clearer.  Especially if you ever decide to enlarge them.

Point #4:  If it is hard to show someone the impact of the scenery, then include something of size that you know, like a person.  That way, you can get a feel for what kind of scope the scenery has.

Point #5:  Don’t be afraid to shoot in bad weather.  It can produce some spectacular pictures.  But, make sure you do protect your camera equipment.

Point #6:  Take pictures of animals in their own habitat, not the zoo.  See how much more spectacular this is.  The animals in their natural habitat is a bit tricky, but, it takes practice, but, stay your distance from the dangerous animals.  Get big lenses for your camera if possible.

Point #7:  If you can get different lenses, or can get your camera to do different angles, then do it.  Wide angle lenses for wide scenery shots makes all the difference sometimes.

 Point #8:  Add different layers.  Add something in the foreground, as well as the background.  Adds a story to your picture.

Point #9:  Watch for false meter readings.  Whether in snow, clouds, or beaches, your meter in your camera has a hard time seeing white, and will interpret that as gray.  Be able to over expose your camera so that the snow, or clouds come out white instead of gray.  Especially in winter, we see so many winter scenes where the snow is gray or blue instead of white.  That is because your meter in your camera thinks everything in the scene is gray. It is calibrated to do so.  So, it takes practice to know how to get that right, and as we get closer to winter, we will spend some time, with a special course on how to make your snow pictures with white snow.

Point #10:  And the last one.  Watch for leading lines, if you have them.  Your eyes follow these lines, and they make for great composition.  Even in landscape photography.  If you got them, then use them.  It will make spectacular photography.

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No photographers names were posted on these photos collected off the internet.  But, if the photographer who took these photos will claim the photo, I will be glad to give them credit.

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