Digital Landscape Photography

Digital landscape photography can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. It's easy to find things to shoot, because there are possibilities all around us. You don't have to travel to do digital landscape photography and you don't need any special equipment. Probably the single most important part about digital landscape photography is to capture your shots in the best light.

So what is the best light for Digital Landscape Photography? Simple:

• early mornings,
• late evenings, and
• slightly cloudy days.

You need to take care when photographing on very bright sunny days, when shadows are harsh. You also need to be careful when there is a lot of haze, or when the day is dark and dreary. What you need is kind light conditions.

Composition is a vital aspect of any type of picture, and it can make or break a landscape shot. Here, one of the best approaches is to make sure that the elements you are photographing are placed so that they will lead the eye right into the picture. So, for example, you might have a tree in the foreground, a lake in the middle, and a mountain in the distance. As long as you maintain depth of field, all these elements will work together to create a successful shot.

There is a rule that people often talk about, the rule of thirds. How it works is if you visually split the screen of your camera into a grid of nine equal rectangles (or squares) you end up with two lines running vertically and two running horizontally across whatever you are photographing. Then you use these lines to position and balance what you are going to shoot. For example, place the horizon across one of the horizontal lines instead of allowing it to cut your picture in half. Then place a tree where lines intersect and position the base of mountains at another intersection higher up.

Another thing to consider is the format of the picture. Just because this is a landscape doesn't mean this is necessary the format you should use. Sometimes a portrait format (which is higher than wide) works even better. Since you aren't paying for film, try both formats whenever you take a picture.

Like everything else, if you want to improve your skills, spend as much time as you can experimenting and practising digital landscape photography.

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