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Here are four quick tips for better landscape photos.
1. Angle of View. The wider the better.
2. Time of Day. Sunrise or Sunset are usually the better times.
3. Having an interesting foreground is better.
4. Leading lines can add more interest.
Having said the above, if you want to have an interesting landscape stand in front of something interesting...and remember what Picasso once said, "learn the rules like a professional, so you can break them as an artist".
I want to expand on an earlier post I made about Landscape Photographs. "A quick tip about what makes a good landscape photograph. Besides the obvious of having a great subject/location there are three elements that should be in the photograph. A interesting FOREGROUND, MIDDLE GROUND, AND BACKGROUND, each in tack sharp focus. A small Aperture setting of f/16 or f/22 will set the Depth of Field needed to ensure success." It's the tack sharp focus that I want to address. Although a small Aperture of f/16 or f/22 will provide a good Depth of Field, it might not provide the best focus for the Foreground and Background subjects. Every lens has its best focus at the HYPERFOCAL DISTANCE. This can become a very technical issue/discussion, but for my purpose I came across this article on the Tips and Tutorials on the Digital Photography School website that gives an excellent description and practical explanation of Hyperfocal Distance. Getting Landscapes Sharp: Hyperfocal Distances and Aperture Selection A Post By: Elliot Hook.
A very general guideline to set your focus at the Hyperlocal Distance is to focus at a point approximately 1/3 up from the bottom of the frame and an Aperture of between f/8 and f/11.
Also, when I Googled Hyperlocal Distances, there were several other hits that provided more detailed information on this subject.
Enjoy the weekend.
This is a great post from Ron Wickson on the Graham Photo Group Facebook Page. Kudos to Ron and a thank you for letting me share this with my followers.
1.If you're over 60 years of age don't try and hand hold your camera with a shutter speed of 1/60 or less..Just saying. Seriously, use a tripod to ensure steadiness. If your camera has image stabilization or vibration reduction turn it OFF when using a tripod.
2.Most modern DSLR's and older SLR's have a diopter adjustment for the viewfinder. Make sure it's set correctly for your vision whether or not your wear glasses. One suggestion is to use the autofocus to get a good focus on the subject, then adjust the diopter setting until both subject and data information are in sharp focus.
3. If a cable release or remote shutter release is not available, use the camera's delay timer.
The whole idea is to minimize any camera movement. Have fun and as Joe McNally has said, "if you want to photograph something interesting, stand in front of something interesting".