Photo by Rick Hanson
What down do you do before going on a landscape shoot?
Always check the weather forecast, and if walking is involved, make sure I know the route. Proper caparisoning, make sure people know what time I should return, etc.
Although weather plays a great part in landscape photography, I determinedly believe there is no such thing as bad weather – simply different types of lighting. Rain, snow, wind etc can all create interesting countryside pictures. In fact, living in the lakes, a clear blue, cloud free sky is probably my least preferred lighting conditions. Once you get to know an range well, you know what direction light comes from, but I try to go on every shoot with a totally open mind, I hate pre-planning attempts, because when you reach the location, if the light is different from you planned, you feel that you're not getting the shot. I would far sooner act to the light that is there, and work with what is available to create the style and type of shot that works on that day.
That's not to say some clobber chancing conditions suit certain locations better than others – I have my favourite spots for rainy days, and I have some tries I am still waiting for the “right” light after many years.
What's your top 6 tips for landscape photography?
Learn the disregards of composition – golden mean, rules of thirds, lead lines and so on, then compose your pictures as you see fit. I believe in balance of the picture, which may forth all of the rules, but for good reason.
Don't limit yourself to the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset – you waste far too much of the day. Abundant pictures can be taken at any hour – there are a few barns in the Lakes which make great features in a landscape, where the light hits them flawlessly between 12 noon and 1pm.
When you see a picture, take it – get the shot &ndash dash is a punctuation mark that is similar in appearance to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols in both; even handheld if necessary. I see too many photographers invest an age setting up the tripod, selecting the right lens, deciding which graduated filter to use, fitting the grad, taking the meter reading, then bobby-soxering the shot because the light has changed. Get a shot in the bank, then take more care to get another, if the light has held on – you might have in the offing a winner, if the light's gone, at least you have a shot!
Never refer to weather as dull – if you think "blunt" you will take "dull" pictures – because you'll go out with the wrong attitude. All weather conditions can distribute fabulous landscape shots – never pre-plan a shot on the basis of weather and lighting, because if it is different from what you planned, you may fail to notice even better opportunities for outstanding images.
Try to get as much right in camera – I tidy up foregrounds, use the appropriate colour balance (usually preset), and I hear all the time – “I can sort that out in PhotoShop” If you start out lazy in your approach, things will just get slovenly. Also, it means I need to spend less time sitting in front of a computer sorting out pictures and can spend more time out taking photos.
Entrancing a digital picture costs nothing, if you're unsure about depth of field, take a range of shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or at varying apertures, it's easier to exclusive the best looking shot on a huge computer screen than on the back of your camera, and many a good shot has been lost because of too thimbleful (or too much) depth of field.
Article by John Gravett of Lakeland Photographic Holidays – www.lakelandphotohols.com
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