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If you're like most camera owners and have a digital compact, this is your camera's time to shine. For most serious photographers, an SLR or DSLR is the obvious camera choice, but when it comes to landscapes, compact cameras rule because they offer a much better depth of field. All you need to do to get some great landscape photos is to set your compact to landscape mode and follow these tips.

Remember one of the most important keys to taking good pictures is the quality of light.

* For lighting that is soft, even and has a touch of warmth, take your landscape photos during the Golden Hours: the first hour after dawn and the last hour before sunset (unless you're taking sunset pictures.
* For intensified colors and subdued highlights, shoot under an overcast sky.
* For dramatic shadows, shoot under a cloudy sky.
* Enhance the qualify of your image and add drama by photographing a landscape scene with contrast; for example, red and gold autumn leafed trees against a strong blue sky.
* To get an ultra soft effect, almost ethereal effect, shoot on a foggy day.

The next most important element of any good picture is composition. Here are some composition tips for perfect landscape photos.

* Compose your landscape picture so that the horizon appears straight. Creative, fun angles have their place in photography, but not when you're taking a horizon.
* Fill two-thirds of your frame with the subject of most interest, whether it be a dramatic sky or an interesting foreground.
* Look for lines. These could be anything from the obvious road or river to a shadow running along sand dunes. If your image has lines, try framing your shot so that the major lines lead the eye toward the main point of interest, for example, a road winding its way to the mountains that are the subject of your photograph.
* Frame the composition with a point of interest in the foreground. This focal point could be a road or other line as mentioned above, a tree, person, animal, house, etc. The focal point won't be the main subject (the landscape is),but it adds depth, draws the viewer into the image and gives the eyes a place to rest, thus engaging the viewer longer with your photograph. In short, a focal point makes your landscape photo more interesting and more enjoyable to view.
* Look out for clutter. In a landscape photograph, clutter could be something like an airplane or power line overhead or a pile of branches or rubbish can on the ground. If you can't get the shot you want without the clutter, use a decent photo editor like Photoshop to remove it.

That's it! There's always more to learn with photography, but just by following the tips above you can start taking really good pictures of your favorite landscapes.
 

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Examples of landscape pictures

I hope I do your tips justice, but here are some examples of what I think is fine landscape photography:

Slovenia: little stream in the Julian Alps


Slovenia Julian Alps stream by erik de haan rotterdam, on Flickr


Iceland: sunset at Myvatn lake


Iceland Myvatn light by erik de haan rotterdam, on Flickr

Argentina, high Andes: salt lake


Andes salt lake by erik de haan rotterdam, on Flickr

Indonesia: Bromo caldera


Bromo volcano morning light by erik de haan rotterdam, on Flickr

Alps: Monte Rosa and capricorn


Monte Rosa Ibex by erik de haan rotterdam, on Flickr​


For more pictures see my page on Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/bulgerhoog/

Erik
 
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