I'm studying photography at a university in Idaho & I love it! I often get asked about cameras or tips on how to take different pictures. My favorite thing to photograph is landscapes. So you get a little something-something from me: a tutorial on photographing landscapes! (How awesome am I?...pretty awesome, I know.)
In order to do this I need to confront a couple of myths first.
Myth 1: You need a "nice" camera to get quality pictures.
Truth is, you don't! Shocker, I know. For most people "nice" means something like this:
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Myth 2: You have to shoot during the sunniest part of the day.
Truth is, that's probably the worst time to shoot! If the sun is blaring down on the surface of the building you shoot, you're not going to get any of the great texture you want to capture. A really bright sun is going to cast weird shadows, and if the sun is behind you, your shadow will be visible along the bottom of the picture. Not something you want. Again, just trust me.
|No roof or road texture. The area underneath is too dark to make anything out.|
So what do you do? Watch your weather forecast. Sounds weird, right? Thing is, the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets have tons of clouds. The light bounces off the clouds and can create a great light filter. Like this:
|I keep telling you to just trust me!|
|It can also create great texture|
|Even the little puffy ones are great.|
|sometimes, I know what I'm talking about ;)|
Truth is, sometimes you just need to turn around! If you're facing the sunset, you'll miss this:
|Guess what, NOT done with a dSLR!|
The most important thing to remember though, is to keep trying! I don't know anyone who can do anything without loads of practice first. Another great thing about digital photography: you can see the pictures immediately after you take them! Look at them. Try turning a little to the right or left and see what you get. Use a tripod. Low light means your camera needs to take a little longer to get the whole picture to develop. If you're not using a tripod (even a cheap one), you're going to get a shaky picture. Putting your camera on a tripod will allow the camera to remain steady during the whole shot. Help it along even more and set your camera on a timer. Just a few seconds will do the trick. That way, the camera will have time to steady itself after you press the button.
Anyway, hope that helps! Happy shooting!