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It takes great light to make great pictures

Shooting in good light is perhaps the most important part of good landscape photography One of the most basic principles of photography is shooting in good light.  Everyone knows, even non-photographers, that you should take photographs early in the morning or late in the evening.  We all know this truism, but it is amazing how… Continue reading It takes great light to make great pictures

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Photographic Composition, Part 1

This is part one of a four part article on photographic composition.     All the pictures in this article illustrate some of the most basic principles of photographic composition.  They all illustrate a few basic principles of composition:  all the pictures are simple images without distracting clutter. They are all about one easily discernible subject.… Continue reading Photographic Composition, Part 1

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Photographic Composition, Part 2

  This is part two of a four part article on photographic composition. Here is part one of the photo composition article if you want to start at the beginning     Above is a fairly simple picture of sky, buttes and river. Your eye goes directly to the dawn-lit butte, briefly checks out the other… Continue reading Photographic Composition, Part 2

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Photographic Composition, Part 3

Using foreground as a composition tool. This is part three of a four part article on photographic composition. Here is part one and part two of the photo composition article.   9926, Dead Horse Point Dawn, Pink Rocks and Juniper, Near Canyonlands National Park, Utah.  All of the foreground rock and bushes bring the picture… Continue reading Photographic Composition, Part 3

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Photographic Composition, Part 4

The rule of thirds, balance and depth. Another very handy rule of composition is the rule of thirds. To use this rule, divide the picture into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Do this by drawing two imaginary equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Now, use these imaginary lines to help compose… Continue reading Photographic Composition, Part 4

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Foreground and depth of field, part 1

Using depth of field is the most important skill for taking great of landscape photographs.     If there is one single technique that is most important for taking dramatic, professional looking photographs of all kinds, it is the proper use of foreground and depth of field. Look at some of the pictures on this… Continue reading Foreground and depth of field, part 1

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Foreground and Depth of Field, Part 2

A longer, more technical article for depth of field on higher end SLR cameras   The preceding article on this  blog is called The Depth of Field Part 1. That article was a very good introduction to the basic principles of depth of field and described how to get good depth of field when shooting simple digital cameras.… Continue reading Foreground and Depth of Field, Part 2