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Sunday, July 1, 2007

10 Tips For Visionary Landscapes

There's a random element in any landscape. Learning to bring some order to that chaos will enable you to make your best photos.

10 Tips For Visionary Landscapes

Digital photography has empowered photographers to take better images. Digital has helped overcome one of the basic problems experienced by novice photographers: understanding the difference between what our eyes see and what the sensor sees. With experimentation, photographers work out how to improve their images because they have nearly instantaneous access to their photos.

It’s equally important to experiment with tried-and-true methodology by perhaps working with a higher ISO setting to offer a faster range of shutter speeds that would potentially change the end result. This can obviously be done at no cost. There’s still nothing more satisfying than creating new images by breaking the rules. It’s quite refreshing and personally challenging to deliberately shoot images that make a mental leap, and in so doing, make images that seemingly come from nowhere.

Develop your own unique way of seeing.

Try to avoid the many clichés that surround us. The key is in developing a personal style. While we’re all inspired by the work of other photographers, that should act solely as a guide in developing our own unique thumbprint. It’s counterproductive to attempt to mimic the work of established photographers; photography, after all, is about self-expression and the recognition of one's own work. At the end of the day, it’s all an artist can ask for—to be recognized for his or her work.

10 Study the results of a shoot closely.

Identify those images that failed to fulfill your own visualization and understand why they failed. Then when you’re confronted with similar circumstances in the future, you’ll be less likely to make the same mistakes again.


Sharpness Tips
Here are three technical things to remember to achieve sharpness in depth:

1 Use a tripod. There's simply no substitute for a tripod to keep your images sharp. It also forces you to slow down and study a scene more as you set up the camera.

2 Stop the lens down. Most landscapes lend themselves to getting maximum depth of field. Use the smallest aperture you can without compromising image quality.

3 Make use of the depth-of-field preview button. This effectively stops the lens down to the working aperture (which makes the viewfinder dark) and lets you see the graphics at work within the composition.

Tilt-and-shift lenses are particularly useful for this type of work. They allow the plane of focus, and therefore the depth-of-field plane, to be tilted to give superior sharpness from the front to the back of the image.



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