This week I have started a series of tuition pages on composition. Right now I can think of about 20 seperate sections so it will take some time but I hope to keep posting new additions frequently. I have begun with the basic things which will help you make better images, so this week is the 'Rule of Thirds', 'Leading Lines' and 'Viewpoint'. In time I will get all 20 or so completed so be sure to bookmark the site and keep returning to learn more and refresh existing knowledge.
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When heading out to shoot landscapes it's all too easy to pick up the wide angle lens and start out toward your chosen location for the shoot. You will (no doubt) have considered a host of things about the location, planned it for some time, waited for the right lighting and weather conditions and packed your ND filters. But, as you grab your tripod while making for the door, take a moment to pick up the 70 -200mm lens, just in case.
On the left below you can see the initial image I intended when I set out to Crescent City Beach in Northern California. A wide angle shot using long exposure to capture the sunset as it split either side of the rocks in the shallow water. While making the image I noticed the tighter shot on the horizon (shown in the red box). I switched to the 70-200mm and made a few images of the very simple sunset silhouette. This was not my planned shot but I'm very glad I had the telephoto with me because it has become my favourite from the session.
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