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Guest post by Vickie Mathews

Getting Technical:

The best approach to landscape photography is to ensure the largest possibly amount of your scene is in focus. In order to achieve this you will need to adjust your camera to a small aperture setting (larger number) to increase your shotís depth. However this will mean a smaller portion of light will be hitting your image sensor, so you will need to compensate by increasing your cameraís ISO or shutter speed. Because of this you will need to ensure your camera is completely still. To avoid blurring, I highly recommend the use of a tripod.

It is always desirable to find a focal point when shooting landscape images. Without such the beauty of your image is left without form or structure, leaving viewers aimlessly wandering through your photo, questioning its purpose and missing the point. The focal point could easily be a rock formation, building, or tree.

Your eyes witness the depth of the landscape. Let your camera capture that, by carefully choosing and placing your foreground, so it doesnít dominate your shot, and keeping it free from distractions that could easily mar its impression. Feel free to adjust your camera's height to achieve various perspectives.

The horizon is a powerful tool in any landscape photography. Placement in this case means emphasis. The lower you place the horizon the greater dominance it plays in your shot. So for instance if the sky is bland, then donít let it over power your photo, place it higher. Thus enabling your true subject to take precedence.

It is good to keep in mind that landscapes are very seldom sleeping. They are often alive with movement, trees, grass, clouds. Capturing this lends much added beauty. Think poetry in motion.

The perfect timing for landscape photography is dawn or dusk. The sun plays an important role, enabling shadows, color, and that golden hue, that enlivens surroundings. Use this to your advantage by choosing wisely. Position and timing are the golden keys in landscape photography. Once mastered you should be able to capture some breathtaking shots. Good Luck!

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