1/19/11 – Instructional Night–Landscapes with Ed lane

Click Ed_Lane_Landscape_Slideshow to scroll through some of Ed’s images
or if you have a quick internet click Here to see a movie of the slideshow.

  • Three Keys for Landscape photography
  1. Use small aperture  (f16 or smaller)
  2. Use tripod (Not K-mart but one that works on slopes)
    Tripod slows you down to look carefully for the best shots
  3. Find the right time, one of which is the “Golden Hour” which is a couple of hours either side of sunrise or sunset.
  • Light and exposure
  1. Create star burst by having 3/4 to 1/2 of light source behind rocks, etc with wide angle lens at f16 or smaller
  2. Use your spot meter.
  3. Check different gray areas for contrast. Use neutral density filter if more than one stop difference.
  4. Normal camera metering sees snow as gray.  Increase +2 to make snow white.
  5. Ed does all metering and focusing manually
  6. You can see effects of Neutral Density filter better when you press the depth of field button.
  7. Polarizer works best at 90 degrees from the light.  They do not work when sun is directly in front of you or directly behind you.  Polarizers take the sheen off leaves to add saturation.
  • Composure
  1. Lead lines tell eye of viewer what to see –  can be subtle such as when creeks are the subject and the lead line or direct such as fences
  2. Work the scene a lot.  Wait for shadows. Look for new perspectives.
  3. Ask yourself: Why did I stop here?
  4. Take advantage of the weather – rain improves fall shots.

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