When it comes to landscape photography, perhaps the greatest excitement is that it is a favorite of both professional and beginner photographers alike. This is simply because landscapes contain a wealth of natural beauty, and are interesting in their own right. Thus, it’s no surprise that children with an interest in photography often begin by taking pictures of nature. Even so, there are particular skills associated with taking extraordinary landscape photos, and this is part of the specialized curriculum at Rising Star Photography Society.
As students in our society learn the ins and outs of photography equipment, they also learn how each component works with (or against) them when taking a photograph. As an example, consider a landscape picture of a lake with mountains in the background. To take the picture to the next level, photographers must create a sense of depth, and this requires keeping different elements in focus. As one can imagine, this is not easily accomplished with shaky hands. Thus, the use of a camera tripod becomes important. The difference is clear, as objects in the foreground and background remain clear and sharp.
Another way to create depth as well as space in a landscape photo is by using a wide-angle lens. This type of lens allows more light into a photo. While this requires a slight understanding of aperture and shutter speed, the lens itself automatically betters the quality of the picture.
Finally, it’s nearly impossible to discuss landscape photography without mentioning the use of filters. In essence, two filters are applied to landscape photography—polarizing filters and neutral density (ND) filters. A landscape image with white clouds that pop against a darkened sky has likely been filtered using a polarized filter. This tool is one that creates contrast, and also brings out blue tones in the sky. On the other hand, a neutral density filter protects against too much light. For daytime landscapes that are taken in the bright sun, a ND filter is incredibly effective.
In speaking of landscape photography, the choices are endless. That’s why the instructors at Rising Star Photography Society aim to provide as many opportunities and locations as possible for students to engage in the art of capturing landscapes. Founder and Principal Instructor Dr. Joyce Guojun Ma, is an esteemed landscape photographer with a passion for providing unique instruction to children.
If you have a child between the ages of 9-13, and you are interested in the art of landscape photography, contact Rising Star Photography Society and ask about an exclusive membership!
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