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Landscaping :: Landscape Photography Tips

It's easy to find landscaping to photograph, it's everywhere. And yet, it can be one of the most challenging fields a photographer has to master. It takes creativity, dedication, a lot of practice and don't forget that all important tripod. It's extremely important to keep the camera completely still while taking your pictures.

Landscaping photography is an art whose subject remains the same, but also changes as the day comes alive or that distant storm moves in. Many professional landscape photographers do the majority of their work in the early morning and at dusk. This is when the landscaping is most active with changing shadows and the rising or setting sun. When you're selecting your camera bag, you might want to consider the backpack style which is large enough to accommodate all camera and accessories and easy to carry, an important feature when you're searching for that great nature shot.


You may start out with a plan to get some magnificent shots of that snow-capped mountain. But it's not only the majestic mountain in the distance that's going to produce the spectacular photo you end up treasuring. Look all the way up the mountain and beyond. A panoramic view can include it all; the meadow full of wild flowers carpeting a path leading to the lake nestled at the base of that far mountain peak that's shrouded in mist. It takes the person looking at your picture from, "Oh, another mountain" to "I can feel myself running through that field of wildflowers enjoying the incredible mountain air!".

Location is another key factor to consider. If you have the capability, go to high ground to take your shot. A picture taken at the top of a knoll looking down into a valley, gives a completely different perspective than that same valley being shot from sea level. It'll produce a most impressive image.

Sunny days with bright blue skies and white puffy clouds make for great photos, but a stormy day can produce an array of unique images, too. Windswept plains or a lively lightening storm over the hills give the photograph attitude and emotion. Don't miss these golden opportunities waiting for sunny days. Be creative.

To maximize the color of your images, the polarizing filter is a must-have for the landscaping photographer. Not only will it enrich the color of the sky, but it will reduce reflections on many surfaces, including water. With the polarizing filter, you could photograph the spotted trout swimming beneath the surface of a clear stream. Grab your water resistant camera bag and head out in search of some awesome water shots.

Allow your own style to evolve, enjoy trying different techniques. some of the pictures you'll take will show people things they've never seen before. Someone who lives in the desert might almost feel the cold, crisp air while looking at the snow-covered trees in that beautiful winter small garden bridges scene. Take your camera case, packed with your equipment, and your passion for the art of photography; the nature's best is out there waiting for you.

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