keep the ‘human dimenSion’ in mind
Actually, you can consider photography as an advanced form of realistic painting. Everyone
understands that a painter rst thinks about the composition that he’s going to make.
The different parts of a picture are not given a particular place in the composition by accident.In the case of landscape photography, mother nature has already laid out all the elements for you. It’s up to you to make an interesting composition from it all. Creating depth is a handytrick for success here.
work with depth of field
Compact cameras are equipped with a special mode with which you can shoot moreattractive landscape photography, most often just referred to as ‘landscape’.
You will nd this mode under ‘S’, ‘Scene’ or ‘Scenery’. Check to ensure that your ash is off.
Is your camera switched to the correct mode? Ensure that your photograph gets more depth.We’ll take a vast lake as an example, with wooded banks on the far side and, behind that,hills or mountains. So three layers. Don’t just snap a shot as if you were standing on thebank, but look for a twig or bush that is hanging over the water’s edge. Position this in the
foreground, crouch down and you’ll see that this fourth layer amplies the other three. Youcan use this method in almost every view; you can always nd something that you can put
in the foreground.
low light, lotS of effect
Atmospheric images often owe their strengths to darkness. For example, a landscape in the dusk or a church interior. But how do you communicate this special atmosphere? After all, darkness andphotography don’t go that well together. So you’ll have to make gooduse of the available light. You achieve the most beautiful effects at the boundaries of what is possible. As a result, far from all of thephotographs will be successful, but this makes experimenting all themore exciting and a successful print all the more beautiful.
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Colossal buildings, monuments or trees can be so impressive that youimmediately want to photograph them. Wait just a beat, and ask yourself if the size of the subject will be visible on the photograph. The term‘big’ only really takes on meaning thanks to the opposite phenomenon:‘small(er)’. Prevent a great impression from becoming boring by introducinga comparative element in the composition. This can be a person next toa statue. But also an animal can lend the overwhelming impression of the landscape more value. What is important is that you play with theproportions. This leaves the original impression intact more.
To begin with, switch your camera to ‘night’ mode. You’ll
nd this under ‘S’, ‘Scene’ or ‘Scenery’. Then ensure that
your camera doesn’t move. A tripod is an excellent solutionhere. Or look for support, for example a wall or church bench.Putting down your camera and using the self-timer workswell too. Finally, you can also raise the ISO rating in themenu. This makes your camera more sensitive to light.The photograph will become slightly grainier, but this canalso produce an artistic effect.