Landscape Photography: Shooting The Great Outdoors

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Nothing can quite compare with the gorgeous splendor found in nature’s awe-inspiring views. From breathtaking sunsets to magnificent snowcapped mountain ranges, a good landscaping portrait to hang on the wall is a desire for anyone who loves photography. There are many key elements that go into getting a good photograph of anything in the outdoors, such as contrast, light, and background. When photographing a landscape scene, especially one that is large in scale, many of these elements cannot be altered by human intervention, but must rather fall into place on their own. This is where countless hours of patience and dedication come in to ensure a perfect picture.

Contrast Plays a Huge Role

There is a lot of work that must be done to a picture just to cover the contrasting stage. Contrast deals with everything from light verses shade, white verses black, and bringing depth to the photograph. Contrast is important to any type of photo, whether it was shot indoor or outdoor, or features a foreground or background. Good contrasting in a picture can be achieved in two ways, through natural or mock imitation or with the help of technology. Depending on the time of day, light, and shade, sometimes the perfect balance of light and dark will simply fall into place for the perfect landscaping picture. Have the camera ready, because these opportunities are few and far between. Smaller shots, especially when taken indoor or of a foreground object such as flowers, can have artificial contrasting. This is done by setting up controlled lighting and creating shadows where needed. This can prove to be the most difficult means in acquiring good contrast. However, technology is bursting into the photographing world and giving us the ability to create much better photos. Picture editing software can brighten light, darken shadows, enhance color quality, and do much more.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is everything when it comes to photography. Lighting affects everything from the resulting contrast, view-ability, and color quality. Contrast relies heavily on lighting as it deals mainly with shades, color, and everything else that light directly influences. Picture editing software can edit the lighting in a picture, but only to a degree. If a picture is too drowned out by bright light, or does not have enough, then it is often deemed unsalvageable. In order to get better lighting, take shots based on the time of day. Experimentation needs to be done in order to determine which time of day is best for photographing. Depending on the location, some landscaping shots have better lighting in the morning, while others are better in the evening; it also greatly depends on sun relation. Is the location facing east or west? All of this determines when the perfect lighting will come into place.

The Greatest Detail

One of the biggest mistakes that new photographers make is choosing a poor or uncomplimentary background. For landscape shots, there is often no foreground, leaving the entire background to play both roles. If something is in the foreground, then it is often considered the center of attention. However, if the background does not match the foreground object or is even unsightly, then it can completely deter the viewer from the vocal point. When choosing a good background for any photograph, the key is in appearance. Consider things such as trash, eyesores, dead plants, and other things that can take away from the vocal point.

Think about complementary and adjacent colors and how they enhance each other in a picture. Once all of these things are in place, the picture is sure to be perfect!