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    Our 15 most popular landscape photography tutorials of 2012

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 30/12/2012 13:00pm
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    So far we’ve counted down the year by rounding up our most popular portrait photography tutorials and most popular photo editing tutorials of 2012. Now we’re happy to give you our 15 most popular landscape photography tutorials of 2012, as chosen by you: Digital Camera World readers!

    We’re quite proud of the diversity of skills and techniques in this group of landscape photography tutorials, not to mention some stunning images by the experts who contributed to them.

    If there’s something else you’d like us to cover in our landscape photography tutorials in 2013, let us know in the comments!

    Digital Camera World’s 15 most popular landscape photography tutorials of 2012: 1-8

     

    The 10 Commandments of Landscape Photography (and how to break them)

    The 10 Commandments of Landscape Photography (and how to break them)

    If you rigidly apply even the best landscape photography tips to every single shot you take, your images will soon look very samey and formulaic. It’s a balancing act between convention and experimentation, and to help you make the best creative decisions we’ve put together what we believe are the 10 Commandments of Landscape Photography – and a helpful guide for knowing when to break them.

     

    See the light like a pro: everything you were afraid to ask about natural light

    See the light like a pro: everything you were afraid to ask about natural light

    Here we’ll show you how to see like a photographer. You’ll learn how the angle of the sun can change things like colour and the appearance of depth and start transforming your outdoor photos, whether you shoot landscape photography, architecture, portraits or anything else.

    We’ll reveal how you can use clouds and the time of day to take control of the way your shots turn out. So read on and get ready to see the world in a whole new light…

     

    The landscape’s greatest challenges: free photography cheat sheet

    The landscape's greatest challenges: free photography cheat sheet

    For this infographic in our ongoing photography cheat sheet series, we decided to tackle some of the more challenging aspects of shooting landscape photography. We’ve chosen four key challenges – composition, exposing for the land, exposing for the sky and capturing moving water.

    For each of four these challenges we created a handy flowchart that takes you through the shot step-by-step so you can achieve the shot you had in mind.

     

    Expose to the right: the camera technique every landscape photographer must know

    Expose to the right: the one camera technique every photographer must know

    Learning to expose to the right can be one of the most valuable photography tips you learn as a photographer. ‘Exposing to the right’ is a technique for getting the maximum amount of image data in an image which is then adjusted to make its brightness correct.

    When you expose to the right what you are doing is relying on using the camera’s histogram view and/or highlight alert to guide the exposure and avoid burning out important details or capturing a dark noisy image.

    This is an especially useful technique for shooting landscape photography who want to preserver detail in bright clouds and avoid enhancing noise in dark shadows.

     

    Composing pictures with foreground interest: simple ways to draw in the eye

    Composing pictures with foreground interest: simple ways to draw in the eye

    All images by Paolo de Faveri

    However strong the mid-ground and background in your landscape shot, it will fall at the first hurdle if it lacks foreground interest.

    There’s nothing particularly complex about this element of photo composition theory; it’s simply about composing pictures so that there’s an object or natural feature in your landscape image that strikes the viewer’s eye and leads it into the shot. In this tutorial we explain what to look for, where to find it and how to include it in your frame.

     

    Mmm… Ocean Blur: how to take long exposure pictures of the sea you can be proud of

    Ocean Blur: how to take long exposure pictures of the sea using an ND filter

    Timing is key to shooting great seascapes. You need to be there at the right time of day, but just as important is the timing of the exposure. For a raging, stormy sea, a fast shutter speed can be appropriate, but with calmer waters, the best approach is to take it slow. Very slow. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take control of your camera to take long exposure pictures of the sea you can be proud of.

     

    26 landscape photography tips every pro still uses

    26 landscape photography tips every pro still uses

    Whether you’re a novice landscape photographer or have sold thousands of your photos through stock agencies, there are some fundamental rules of landscape photography that stay with you as a photographer, even once you’ve honed your craft and learned how to break the rules to develop your own style. In this tutorial we’ve pulled 26 of the best landscape photography tips that working pros have told us they still use on a daily basis.

     

    How and when to use ND filters (and what the numbers mean)

    When and how to use ND filters

    Have you ever wondered how pro photographers capture movement in their landscape shots to produce soft, blurry clouds and misty waterfalls? Are your long exposures just not delivering the same effect?

    Chances are that those pro images have been shot using a neutral density filter (otherwise known as ND filters, and not to be confused with ND grads, which only darken part of the image).

    These dark filters are designed to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor in order to increase exposure times, without affecting the colour of the image. But how do you know when to use ND filters? We explain all in this tutorial.

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