Friday, October 23, 2009
Landscape Photography with a Digital SLR Camera
Landscape photography has to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding forms of the art. It can also be incredibly relaxing as it usually involves patience, long walks and time in the fresh air. Digital SLR cameras bring a whole new dimension to the art.
Whether it's autumn time and the landscape is influenced by the fading heat of summer or winter with it's bleaker colder tones a digital SLR camera is the ideal tool for landscape photography. I always recommend use of a tripod as it adds a further dimension to this form of photography. Before the advent of digital a tripod was often needed to ensure sharp images in low light. Digital cameras with their flexible ISO speeds overcome this but I feel using a tripod makes the photographer more considered in composition and this is one of the keys of landscape photography.
Iconic images like landscapes shrouded in mist or rays of sunlight breaking through trees are all more accessible with digital SLR cameras. The flexibility of film speed, the ISO ratings, range of shutter speeds and ability to adjust images all help. Ideally you should shoot landscapes in the RAW format format when using your digital SLR for landscape photography. This captures a huge amount of data and gives you vastly more creative control. Even if you have under or over-exposed an image you can produce a perfect picture from it in RAW format.
Autumn is my favourite time of year for landscape photography and the colours and textures can be amazing. Images of leaves backlit by sunlight, close ups of beautiful autumnal leaves and a vast range of other images lend themselves perfectly to landscape photography with a digital SLR. If you haven't used yours for this yet plan a trip and get out into the countryside.