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Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography
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This book covers all aspects of landscape photography, including expert advice on: How to select the right gear for landscape photography; Shooting and composition technique; Preparation – how to create your own luck; How to set your camera for success; How to find your own landscape style; Sharing and showcasing your photos.

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1 min.

Landscapes have consistently featured at the top of the most popular subjects in Photo Review’s reader surveys for many years so we’re releasing this updated guide to help you obtain the kind of pictures you will be proud of and happy to share. It’s not surprising to find landscape photography such a popular genre; landscapes have long been popular with all visual artists for their beauty, their sense of connection with nature and their ready accessibility. In this guide we’ll take a thoroughly modern look at landscape photography, starting with a couple of chapters discussing the kinds of equipment you might need and where to look for subjects. And, because so many of us live in cities; a full chapter has been devoted to shooting cityscapes, which are also included in…

6 min.
finding landscape shots

Locations for taking landscape photographs are all around us but we often miss opportunities in the bustle of everyday life. Regardless of where you are, it should be possible to take pictures; you just need to keep your eyes open and see the pictures in the scene in front of you. Potential subjects can crop up close to home and in places where you least expect them. People who live in rural areas will often find suitable landscapes within easy reach. But if you live in a city or town, you may need to be more imaginative. While photographic purists claim man-made structures and coastal scenes should be excluded from landscape photography, for most of us if natural scenery dominates the picture, it can be classified as a landscape shot. People and…

5 min.
finding landscapes in urban areas

Cityscapes are a sub-set of landscape photography in which the natural environment is replaced by one that is built and occupied by people. Instead of rolling hills, majestic mountains, golden beaches and sparkling seas, photographers are confronted by towering buildings, busy streets, broken skylines and bustling people. Urban areas, no matter how large or small they are, contain an interesting mix of old and new architecture, which can provide subjects for your camera. Change is constant in a city, whether it be the busy, bustling environment or the ever-changing views from wide-angle vistas to interesting abstracts. Despite all this activity, you can also find places of relative calm. Equipment choices When shooting among crowds of people, most photographers prefer working with one camera and one (or at the most two) lenses. Suburban areas…

6 min.
cameras for landscape photography

No single camera can be claimed as the ‘best’ device for taking landscape photos; just as there’s no definitive subject for the genre. Different types of equipment will suit different shooting situations and the ways in which the resulting shots are used will influence the resolution required. Keen photographers today can choose from four main types of cameras: 1. Medium format interchangeable-lens models with large (43.8 x 32.8 mm to 53.4 x 40.0 mm) sensors and high (50 megapixels or higher) resolution. In most cases, the prices of these cameras and lenses will put them out of the reach of enthusiasts. They are also relatively large, heavy and conspicuous. 2. Digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras with sensors ranging from approximately 23 x 15 mm (‘APS-C’) to 36 x 24 mm (‘full frame’) also…

5 min.
lenses for landscape photography

By tradition, wide-angle lenses tend to be recommended for landscape photography because they can encompass sweeping panoramas. However other lens types may be preferable in some situations, either because of their creative benefits or to accomplish a specific effect. To maintain a naturalistic style, avoid ultra-wide and extreme telephoto lenses. When you plan to use a more extreme lens, make sure you understand how it will affect the way you shoot. Wide angle lenses often have in-built distortion that can be either beneficial or disastrous, depending upon how the lens is used. To minimise distortion, make sure you shoot with the back of the camera parallel to the subject. With very wide-angle lenses, even a slight tilt will cause keyhole distortion in which subjects in the upper part of the frame appear…

6 min.
dealing with the environment

The time of day and angle of the sun can radically affect the way subjects are lit, and this will influence the pictures you take. It’s usually wise to know where the sun will be with respect to your subject before setting out to take photos. As a general rule, side lighting is more pleasing to the eye than light shining on the scene from above. When the sun is low to the horizon the shadows appear longer, which can create interesting patterns and textures in the scene. Shadows created by side lighting add to the depth effect within the picture through the contrasts they produce between different sides of subjects. Landscape photographers prefer to use the ‘golden hours’, which occur between roughly 30 minutes before and about an hour-and-a-half after sunrise…