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Pro tips for mountain photography

Leah Spencer

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People seldom fail to appreciate the beauty of mountains. Over the centuries, right from artists to photographers, mountains draw attention of people from different walks of life. Mountains are used to describe the beauty or richness of a country. Here are some professional tips on mountain photography, whichwould be of great use while capturing photo as an element of action.

The most basic rule in mountain photography is that the photograph’s horizon line should be held straight. The viewfinder can be used to ensure that the horizontal line is not slanted, when the camera is hand – held. Alternatively tripods can be used for making this job easier. A warped horizon line can also be used for this purpose yet the image has to crop for the desired image. A few cameras have a feature called virtual horizon feature, which enables quick and accurate display of camera’s position with respect to the actual horizon, in the LCD screen. This tool is a boon for photographing architecture and landscape

It is not essential to be so close with the mountains for a better picture. Practically, it’s impossible to maintain such close proximities. But the only constraint is that the extent to which the air is free and clear. In the presence of pollution, fog, and haze, the mountains become too murky to see clearly. The mountains can be photographed as long as they are visible to the human eyes. Sometimes weather is a blessing in disguise for mountain photography. It enhances the picture especially when there is a haze, rain, mist, or snow which crowns the peaks. Even sunlight can make the mountains be seen behind the clouds, which is a very rare phenomenon or instance.

Above all these things, location is the most important factor for a professional mountain photograph. The landscape should be unlike the ones the where people swarm in for seeing scenic beauty. Explore the unexplored locations for making the photograph more iconic and spectacular because such landscaped may not be seen by a many. It comprises the major part of the mountain photography process yet it is all fun provided the photographer desires for a trek to venture new landscape locations.

There are 2 ways to identify the special conditions of weather and light. In the first condition is when the image is shot under good lighting. To get the most of this condition, the photographer has to be there in the location before sunrise or sunset. The soft purple dawn radiance s the best light for certain landscapes than the direct light. This purple glow illuminates the entire landscapes and portrays the entire landscape with good light. For this to be achieved, the pro has to hike in the dark and wait in a particular location for hours together.

The second way is photographing the image under unstable weather conditions. Mountain photographer Pros will not possibly venture out on a sunny day. Instead, stormy weathers, sunrises, sunsets will pave way for a dynamic photography.

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