Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photo Tip #3 - Get low for more dramatic landscapes

For more dramatic effects in your landscapes, remember to get low. I'm a tall guy, and in general, I don't like bending much for anything. I don't enjoy squatting down, picking stuff up off the ground, bending down to tie my shoes....etc. Unfortunately, this is not helpful in photographing dramatic landscape shots.

One piece of equipment that will help you get low is a good tripod. You don't need to go crazy and spend hundreds of dollars on one, but it is helpful to get one that lets the legs adjust to where your camera is barely off the ground. A tripod will also help you capture sharp photos...especially if you are taking shots in the best light of day...the first and last hour of daylight.

Sometimes laying on the ground and steadying your camera can work. The key is getting low.

Regardless of how you get low, doing so will help create dramatic scenes. Piers look bigger. Flowers and other foreground objects will help enhance the photo. So figure out how to oil those bad knees and sore back, get low, and capture some awesome, dramatic photos!

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