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General Tips for Photographing Scenery
 by: Tom Watson

Do the following words sound familiar? “Wow, that should be a great photo…I hope it turns out well!” Here are a few tips to help ensure that your photos will indeed turn out well.

Are you taking your camera with you on a vacation? Perhaps a trip destined to have memories captured at the beautiful destinations you have in mind? Any traveler has an irresistible urge to photograph beautiful outdoor scenery while on a vacation or trip. Their camera is close by them, ready for the next fleeting moment of passing, natural beauty. Photographing scenery, the memorable places they have been, can produce a nice travelogue at the end of their journey.

Beware the unfavorable conditions that can plague their scenic photographs, and hamper their endeavors! Rainy, cloudy days, sunrises and sunsets can catch the digital photographer off guard and disappoint his anticipated results.

New digital camera models are now available with exposure correction, making it possible to bracket these particular photographic scenery shots. Try taking full advantage of this feature. Since digital images are immediately available for proofing, any failed shots can be deleted.

A scenic photographer may have to race against time for a good photo at sunrise or sunset. These lighting changes can cause any subject or aspects of the scenery appear drastically different. The photographer should also be aware of the color changes caused by the sunlight throughout the day. Notice the predominance of red light when the sun is close to the horizon at sunrise and sunset. If your camera has the auto-white balance feature, it will help to give a natural color reproduction, however, when there is little light, it gives a reddish result. At these times you should use your built in flash. Anticipating changes in the conditions of natural light is very important. Keeping this in mind will benefit the photographer’s endeavors.

There will most often be occasions when the photographer will photograph scenery through a car window, train window, hotel or any other situation looking through a window. As a disappointing result, the camera has focused on the window glass, leaving the beautiful scenery blurred and all the captivating scenic details with it. This focusing problem can be rectified by getting the camera as close to the glass as possible and shielding the camera with your hand, black paper, clothing or whatever is on hand, eliminating any reflections.

About The Author

Tom Watson is the owner of In Digital Photography, a website offering tips and advice on digital photography. You can visit his Digital Photography website at

He is also the owner of Black Iron Junction, and you can visit his website at

This article was posted on October 05, 2006


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