Top Ten Cottage Photography Tips

  1. Capture the moment. Have your camera on hand at all times when you’re in Cottage country, as the best moments aren’t choreographed. Always have a camera ready on the go with a charged battery and a memory stick that still has plenty of room on it.
  2. Use the “rule of thirds”. For a more visually pleasing image, the image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines.
  3. Experiment with shutter speeds. Using different shutter speeds will give your pictures a different sense of motion. Utilize a slow shutter sped to capture flowing water, or to give a sense of movement. Utilize a fast shutter speed to freeze movement.
  4. Move around. Don’t always capture pictures from your perspective, get low to the ground or up on a higher elevation to give the picture a different perspective.
  5. Get creative and experiment.Look for a unique or striking shot. This may be an interesting combination of colours, subjects, or perspective.
  6. Watch the light. Try to photograph during the golden hour (when the sun is either going down or coming up and the light is rich with colour). This lighting will give you good shadows and rich lighting. That being said do not dismiss an overcast day. Not only will clouds diffuse light but overcast days can provide you with interest in your photography
  7. Shoot at night. It takes a little more practice but shooting at night can yield some dramatically lit shots, may that be inspirational lighting, a campfire, or wonderful stars streaking across your photograph.
  8. Capture reflections. A still calm body of water will provide you with a canvas where you will be able to pick up reflections of clouds or the reflection of dramatic fall colours.
  9. Pay attention to the foreground. A good landscape image generally has a foreground, mid-ground, and background components. The foreground is often the one that makes an image really stand out. Consider getting rocks, a flower, or even a tree in the foreground to strengthen your shot.
  10. Find a focal point. Having a focal point is incredibly important in landscape photography. A focal points could be a rocks, tree, boat, dock, or waterfall. Without one, viewers won’t know where to look and you’ll end up with a boring shot of an otherwise amazing landscape.
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