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Landscape

An Unnatural Element

An Unnatural Element

Have you ever sort of felt like you’re done with landscape photography? Even the most die-hard enthusiasts can start to feel a little uninspired after photographing their millionth snowcapped mountain, their million and first waterfall or their million and twentieth scenic overlook. Now I’m not saying that landscape photographs aren’t worth taking, because that would be a statement of great stupidity. But I’ll bet if you could ask him, even Ansel Adams would tell you that he occasionally got a little bored. Don’t worry, though, boredom is easily conquered. Read on to find out how.
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Ask David: Why are my landscapes so boring?

Ask David: Why are my landscapes so boring?

Just about everyone has had the experience of shooting a landscape photograph that didn’t quite turn out the way you’d hoped. For some reason, that beautiful, big, sweeping landscape just doesn’t look the same in the photo as it did in real life. It looks flat and dull, a poor facsimile of that gorgeous scene you really wanted to capture on camera. So what are you doing wrong? Here’s a short list of common pitfalls to help you debug your landscapes.
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A Field Guide to Great Landscapes

A Field Guide to Great Landscapes

Anyone who is not a photographer will probably tell you it’s easy to shoot a landscape. Step one: find beautiful scenery. Step two: point your camera at it. Step three: take a picture.

Of course, that’s an over simplification. But not too much! With just a few extra steps, you’ll be taking superb landscape photos wherever you are.
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Why Do Cloudy Day Photos Seem Flat?

Why Do Cloudy Day Photos Seem Flat?

If you’re like most beginners in photography, taking photos on a cloudy day is almost often a challenge. It seems no matter how much you try and how often you hear well-meaning advice from professionals, the tips don’t seem to work. The photos you take almost always come out darn flat! What could be wrong?

First you’ll need to understand some fundamental aspects of lighting and their visual relationship to the subjects of the photos you take. Hopefully these will explain why cloudy day photos seem to be flat.
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How to capture photos in foggy or misty conditions

How to capture photos in foggy or misty conditions

Fog. It’s eerily beautiful, potentially dangerous and can transform almost any setting into something either ominous, or quiet, moody and introspective. It’s also notoriously difficult to photograph. Have you ever tried? This is one of those situations where you feel certain your photos are just going to take themselves. The landscape is bathed in this amazing gray mist, there’s beauty everywhere, but for some reason your photos fail to recreate what your eyes see. Why?

The answer, as it so often and redundantly is in photography, is light.
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Improving your Mountain Photography

Improving your Mountain Photography

Perhaps nothing is more breathtaking than a mountain. Snowy peaks in the winter, flowery slopes in the summer, a mountain looks majestic no matter what the season. So why do some mountain photos look, well, un-majestic?

The trouble with mountains is precisely that they are majestic. We are used to feeling awed in the presence of a mountain – their size makes us feel small, overwhelmed and sometimes insignificant. The fresh air makes us feel invigorated. The smells make us feel like we’re a part of the landscape and in tune with the seasons. But a photograph of the mountains lacks all these external stimuli. Unless your photo is printed at, say, 24,000″x48,000″, your viewer isn’t going to have that feeling of being overwhelmed by size. And unless your image is scratch-n-sniff, you won’t be able to recreate any of the smells, either. And the fresh air, well, I suppose you could have your viewer look at the picture while standing in front of a mountain, but that would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it?

So how do you make a mountain photo look as majestic as the mountain itself? You have to know the tricks.
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16 Tips for Better Landscapes

16 Tips for Better Landscapes

To the snap-shooter, nothing could be simpler than a landscape. Just find some pretty scenery, lift your camera and press the button. Viola! Landscape.

Now if you’re not a mere snap-shooter, you know the absolute folly of what I just said. While it’s true that it’s easy to shoot a landscape, it is also extremely difficult to capture one. What I mean of course is that anyone can lift a camera and press the button, and because landscapes don’t move it seems as if capturing one should be as easy as that. But you and I both know that recreating a beautiful, three-dimensional scene in a two dimensional medium is much more difficult than just hitting that shutter button. Let’s see how to do it…
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Photographing Landscapes at Twilight

Photographing Landscapes at Twilight

You’ve heard me talk oh-so many times about that magic hour, the time just after sunrise and just before sunset when the light has that beautiful, magical quality that can transform a dull, flat scene into a stunning photograph.

What you haven’t heard me talk so much about is twilight. Twilight could be called something similar – that glittering hour, perhaps, or that surreal hour. Twilight photos are different because there’s that element of other-worldliness to them that only appears during that brief moment between day and night. Twilight can be a beautiful setting for any photo, but particularly for landscapes. Master creating twilight images and your photo collection will really be spectacular.
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Photographing Seascapes

Photographing Seascapes

Nothing inspires that inner photographer quite like the ocean. The crashing surf, those sailboats on the horizon, seabirds cruising just above the water – it would be a crime not to overshoot such a scene. So how come the photos you take home from the beach sometimes just don’t manage to capture the drama and beauty of the ocean?

The answer of course is dimension, just like it is in so many other landscapes. The ocean is three dimensional and a photograph is not. To capture the full beauty of the ocean you must somehow also capture that sense of depth. But that’s not all – ocean photography is all about timing, too, and finding just the right time and just the right beach is the key to a great seascape.
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Taking Landscape Photos at Night

Taking Landscape Photos at Night

When you think about your favorite landscape photos, the images that come to mind are probably classic shots of forests, mountains and natural rock formations. And they are probably daytime images, too, with an occasional sunset and sunrise thrown in for good measure.

We don’t really see a lot of landscape images shot at night, which is actually a bit surprising when you think about it. Because nighttime landscapes can be quite stunning, if you know the right tricks.
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Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

Scenic photos are a part of almost every photographer’s repertoire. After all, almost no one with a camera can resist snapping a photo of crashing surf, sweeping fields of wildflowers or a towering, snow-covered mountain.

Landscape photos seem like they should be easy, yet the final images are often disappointing. How many times have you taken a photo of a stunningly beautiful place only to discover that the image you end up with is nothing short of underwhelming? Let’s fix that!
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Mountain Landscape Photography Tips

Mountain Landscape Photography Tips

No matter what the season mountains are, by virtue of their beauty, incredibly photogenic. Throw in a myriad of trees and a lake, and you’ve got picture perfect landscapes! However, photographing mountains can be tricky depending on the season and the effect you’re going for. The polarizer filter is the one filter in particular that will be a common theme in each scenario below. It’s a must have filter for landscape photography, and as you’ll see, for a different reason in almost every season!
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What is diminishing perspective? How can it improve your photography?

What is diminishing perspective? How can it improve your photography?

During the renaissance, painting went through a distinct revolution. Gone were the medieval two dimensional paintings. Artists had figured something out, something significant about the way we perceive the world around us. We call that thing “perspective,” and it’s just as important in photography as it was in painting. The use of diminishing perspective can add an extra sense of depth to your images. Here’s how you can harness its power.
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Photographing Winter Landscapes

Photographing Winter Landscapes

This time of year you’re probably looking out the window and wondering when the sun is finally going to come out. It’s the dead of winter, the holidays are gone, and guess what? You’ve gotta return to your job. The first week in January is consistently voted the most depressing in the northern hemisphere, but you should have no reason to feel blue. Now is the time to create the most gorgeous landscape photos you’ve ever made. Here’s how.
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6 Tips For Taking Pictures Of Mountains

6 Tips For Taking Pictures Of Mountains

Mountains are gorgeous all on their own. They inspire wonder every time we’re near them. There’s nothing like being in the presence of the mountains. It makes you feel almost superhuman. The real challenge for any would-be mountain photographer is to get the mountains to appear as surreal on film as they do in real life. If you pay attention to these mountain photography tips, you’ve got a good shot at making that happen.
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