Landscape Photography Shoots By Satinder Pal Singh Madhok

Landscape Photography Shoots By Satinder Pal Singh Madhok

Landscape is outdoor photography close to nature. Human intervention has to be minimum for capturing images. It can be the scene of a stream, river, mountains, oceans, sunsets, moving water, trees, leaves or valleys. However, a farmland or a panoramic view of cityscape is also considered Landscape photography. Satinder Pal Singh Madhok says you can take photograph with DSLR camera or mirrorless camera. How about using water as mirror! You can also use tripod for steady photographs. Its an excellent tool to stabilize the camera and you can focus more on shots to be captured ( guiding viewer’s eye through the image shot). A good landscape photograph must know how to adjust shutter speed, ISO for optimum lights and aperture.

So, while travelling, landscape photography can be a great adventure too. A seasoned landscape photographer devoid human presence in his/her image and focusses on subject with wide angle lens for broader view ( to show wide open space)and depth of field.

Depth means keeping all different elements of subject in focus before taking shot. You can use a small aperture for it. Land, sky, water, path and distances create aesthetic photographs.

There is a rule of Thirds (popular trick of camera) that crosses three horizontal lines with three vertical lines for capturing perfect photographs. Taking an image at F/16 will make image sharper with better foreground and background.

You can use photographic filters also. Polarizing filter can make sky darker so there can be better contast of white clouds with blue sky. Neutral density filters do not allow too much light to enter camera specially in a broad daylight. ND filter also allows you to have longer shutter time and reduce amount of light entering the camera.

According to Satinder Pal Singh Madhok, there are several genres of landscape photography. Nature photography is focussed more on natural elements devoid of any human activity. Urban photography as the name suggests is of cities, skyscrapers, huge installations on streets with few people.

Representational photography is capturing what you see, what you get. Framing and composition is significant in natural photography. Impressionist photography is capturing illusions and making image unreal. So, impression of a landscape is created rather than its true form.

Abstract photography uses few components of landscape and creating designs for graphics. Hence, some lighting techniques are used to focus on a particular area or object for designing rather than representing broader view of landscape.

To get magnificent shots, go and scout the locations to be shot during different time periods of the day. This will give you a better idea of timestamping the image to be shot. The golden hour when you have to shoot the image. Use this extra time to finalize camera settings and subjects, your posture (kneeling, scaling up a tree, different angles or cliff lines) and prepare for that golden hour!

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