Take Charge - Tabletop Landscapes - Photography

Photography hints:

Exposure

Take photos from the point of view of being in the landscape, for example, on a hill overlooking the ‘green rolling hills,’ or from the valley bottom with the hills towering above you.

The exposure you use can be really important. Sometimes the ‘correct’ exposure isn’t the one you need. Try over and under exposing your landscape to change the mood or get rid of unwanted detail.

The image on the left is over exposured, and the image on the right is under exposured.

 

 

Exposure:

This is the amount of light energy that reaches the sensor or film during the taking of a photograph. If a shot is over exposed it appears too bright and if under exposed it will appear too dark. As with most things in photography, the ‘correct’ exposure is the one that gives the photographer the effect he or she wants.

 

Depth of field

Those creases in the tissue paper may be spoiling the illusion of your beautiful sky or being able to see every fibre in the cloth you are using for your hills may be giving the game away. In the following 2 examples, we have used 'depth of field' to get rid of unwanted detail.

 

 

Depth of Field:

Depth of Field is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in acceptably sharp focus in a photograph.

 

Lighting

You can use a variety of lighting for this technique. The example below was shot on the floor in front of a window. This will give you interesting back lighting which will illuminate the rim of the materials you are using. If using a window remember that you can control how much light you get by opening and closing the blinds or curtains to varying degrees.

 

Window light

 

Using black and white

Try using black and white mode if you cannot get the colours you want for your landscape.

 

 

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