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Tip #5 golden hour:
This is something that doesn’t happen everyday but sometimes one hour before sunset you can get sun rays straight to you and the whole atmosphere becomes yellow and you can do amazing photos, that is why it is called the golden hour. Like on this photo in Venise:
You can see how I retouch those types of photos on this link here.
Here is another example:
That’s one more photo:
This phenomenon doesn’t happen every sunset and to get a good photo you have to have very little clouds.
Tips #4 Sun position:
I wanted to get the sunrise in Paris so I went very early on the Pont des Arts:
I didn’t know where the sun was rising so I use two apps to help me out, click here.
You have this first app called Sun seeker: 3D Augmented reality viewer, it gives you the position of the sun and the exact time which is very useful, you can just point to what you see and you can see where the sun will be rising. So you can come back to the same spot prepared!
The second app is called Photo calc, click here for the link.
It is very easy to use, it gives you the exact time when the sunrise or sunset starts and when it ends.
When I know the time of the sunset start I start to shoot one hour before.
Tips #3 Composition: leading lines, and rule of third:
Here is a photo I took in San Francisco of the tramway:
What are leading lines? Leading lines are lines that will bring you in the photo, and it gives dimension to your photo, it is hard to get dimension in a photo.
That is another example:
Now let’s talk about the rule of third, it exist in paint, photography, etc. Basically if you had a grid like on this photo, that divide your photo in three third, the interesting points are on the line of third:
It just makes your photo more dynamic that to put your subject in the middle.
On this photo you have a third of sky and two third of water:
And the leading lines guide your eyes to go into the photo, it really give dynamic and more dimension to your photo.
You also have another rule that goes with the rule of third; it is to have a foreground, middle ground and background. On the photo mentioned earlier, the foreground is the rocks, the middle ground the houses and trees and the background it the sky. To have a foreground give you an idea from where you shot the photo.
This is another example of leading lines:
There is one third of sky and two third of house and street. The curve of the sidewalk makes your eyes to get into the photo.
Or on this photo:
The boat lights really brings you in the photo. There is two third of buildings and one third of sky.
Tips #2 Shoot sunset or sunrise:
Whatever landscape you take photos of; it will always look nicer at sunset or sunrise. Like on this photo:
This is another example:
An hour earlier this place was boring but with the sunset it makes the difference.
This is a place that was not exceptional but with the sunset it looks great:
Photography means writing with light so nicer is your light nicer will be your photo!
Another good example, I was with my friend Scott Kelby and we drove from Paris to see the Mont Saint Michel but we had a white sky the entire time but when we arrived the sky changed and we had this amazing light and sky:
On this one the water is a leading line, you have more sky than the island.
The island is pretty much centered but somehow it works on this one so the rules are made to be broken but those are my tips that I observed since 10 years and it works for me so you can try it out and see what works for you.
Tip #1 the message:
What I mean by the message is what do you want to communicate, what you try to express with your photo. Like this photo:
This is a very nice Place in Paris but it is always crowded so I had to come there at 7 on the morning just to get the place and only the place with nothing else distracting.
Most of the time there is too many elements so I look for the perfect angle to avoid anything distracting.
Same for this photo:
The message of this photo is, this is a plaza and that is all. There is a nice composition, a nice light but two hours later this place would be crowded of people.
Another example with this photo:
For this photo I had to wait at least 30 minutes to not have a lot of people for photo and I did a long exposure to avoid the people.
Here is another shot:
Same this is just the plaza without distractions.
That’s a shot taken in the desert:
This place was full of people behind me there was maybe 800 people. But I just took an angle where I communicate what I wanted to communicate.
This is the famous Mont-Saint-Michel:
It is simple, there is nothing else on this photo than the Mont-Saint-Michel and a nice sky.
I think you start to get the message!
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