A Beginner’s Guide to Landscape Photography

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Use a New Color Palette


New palette grading is used to help you under and over highlight and darken areas within tones.


If there are no objects to focus on, make and darken the background with a gradi


The darker your image, the more colors you can see and the better you can adjust your darkening and highlight functions.


Let us look at a couple of examples of this technique used in landscape photography.


These are just two examples of how using a new color palette can sharpen your photos for cohesive artistry.


Add Detail


Adding detail and texture inside a landscape photo can soften the overall effect by creating unexpected details that create a pleasing overall look to the image.


Adding dimension and changing your perspective can be used to enhance your lakes.


If you pan the photograph from left to right, you can see areas of the lakes where the water remains static as the image moves in my photo above.


The camera and lens might not be best for this technique, but if you have access to a dedicated macro lens, this miniature diorama will bring out.


Aside from adding depth to a photo, adding tiny details in order to make lighter areas of a photograph appear darker can also give photojournalism a professional shot.


Use a Fisheye to Create Lift


In landscapes the addition of depth through the use of a fisheye lens can create great depth in your image. The key is working in the field and not looking at the image, this way you can reap the benefits of being exposed to the background as well.


Lift can be achieved by using your camera’s wide aperature lens.


Further Reading:


Saida Villas: Inspirational Resorts, Water-based Activities


It’s no wonder why some of the top resorts in the world are famous for offering top notch water activities in their resorts. It’s easy to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, or kayak the Chippewa River while also trying to swim in Lake Superior. Most days are filled with tropical water activities and relaxation on the resort’s islands. Visiting an idyllic location to relax is exactly what visitors crave when they land their vacations.


Discovery: Fisheye lens in the Best Photoshop Collections


The Fisheye lens is what we use in most of our photography forms. With the Fisheye lens we can shoot landscapes, animals, architecture, crane and rigging, people, or anything of interest in a sharply defined landscape photograph. Do you think you can find a master of the Fisheye shot? Learn how to produce creative landscapes using the Fisheye lens with this post on Fisheye photography.


What is an fisheye lens? 


Continuing on with using a new color palette even in landscape photography can create high-quality images. Increasing the contrast of your scene by choosing a greener magenta application palette before even thinking about a macro lens makes visuals richer and more compelling.


A great example of this technique in landscapes is the one below. The sky in this photograph is different and contrasting, and creates an interesting and exciting look in the scene. A color palette made out of magenta does the same thing.


This example from Ian Osborn’s website is just one more that illustrates the usefulness of this technique. Using a saturation controlled aperature correct tonal range approach, he gives our white light backgrounds a cool palette of magenta and lilac tones, giving the image a rich yet unique look.


I hope this tutorial helps you produce well-balanced landscape photos and inspires you to try a different method of quick and fun lake photography.


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