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How to shoot a landscape

How to shoot a landscape

– use camera in Aperture mode (usually A or Av on your mode selection button).

use a small aperture. Typically, in a landscape picture, you want everything to be in focus, from foreground to background. To get this, you will have to use a smaller aperture. F/8 is a good start for a landscape picture.

use a wide lens. To help with the effect we spoke above, you have to use a wide lens, and this will greatly help you to have a large depth of field. A wide lens will also help to capture the greatness of the nature. 17mm is a good start for landscape photography, but don’t be afraid to experiment.

– use a low ISO value to get a great image quality, even ISO 100 if possible

use a polarizing filter. A polarizing filter will greatly improve the quality of your landscape photos. The sky will be blue (instead of vague white grayish nuance), the vegetation will be more vivid (either green in the spring, either yellow/orange in the autumn)

– use a tripod. Small aperture combined with large distances, the usage of a polarizing filter and low ISO will result in low shutter speed, especially in low light situation. After the polarizing filter, the tripod is the most used accessory in the landscape photography world.

– use water as a mirror. If you photograph a lake, there will probably be reflections on the surface of the water. Make use of it, include both the reflected object and the reflection, or only part of the object and full reflection. Don’t be afraid to experiment 🙂

– include people. We are used to see people everywhere. Do not fear if there are people around your beautiful landscape. Embrace them, make humans an element of your photo.

– the sky is looking better with clouds. No doubt, a clear sky is boring. Throw some clouds in the sky and everything is changed 🙂 I’m not talking about post-processing. But you can be careful when framing. Nice interesting sky? Maybe make it bigger, usually two-thirds of the picture. Boring clear sky? Make it smaller, one-third of the picture, or even get the sky out of the frame.

– speaking of sky, in many landscape pictures we have to work with the horizon line. The big question is where we place it. Generally it’s a good idea to avoid the middle, remember the rule of thirds. For better results, you have to choose which element should have a bigger impact. If it’s the sky, then give the sky two-thirds of the image. If it’s the land, then give the land two-thirds of the image. You will get very different results in these two situations, maybe for start you want to try both ways.

shadows are really interesting in landscape photography. Avoid taking picture at noon, there is almost no shadow at all. Get out for landscape shooting in the mornings or in the evenings. You are going to see more details and a bigger sense of depth in your images.

Interested in more photography tips? Check my book, Essential Photography Tips: Get the Most out of Your DSLR.

National Theatre

Iconic buildings of Bucharest


Last week I was in the field on assignment: Iconic building of Bucharest, Romania. Here are more details about some of these monumental buildings.

Romanian Athenaeum is a 600 seats concert hall, built in 1888. Today, Athenaeum is the main concert hall in Bucharest, the home of George Enescu Philharmonic and of the George Enescu yearly international music festival.

Across the street you can find National Museum of Art. The building was opened in 1837 as Royal Palace. The Museum is established 100 years later, in 1937. Among the painters hosted in the museum, I can mention Romanians Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Nicolae Tonitza, Theodor Aman, Theodor Pallady, Gheorghe Petrașcu, and Gheorghe Tattarescu. You can also admire plenty of international painters: El Greco, Tintoretto, Jan van Eyck, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, and Rembrandt. There is also a nice collection of sculptures, including some by Constantin Brancusi.

Next point of interest is Central University Library of Bucharest. The Library was founded in 1895 by King Carol I. It started with a collection of 3,400 volumes, reaching today few millions books. More than 500,000 books were burnt during the Romanian Revolution from 1989.

Novotel Hotel is quite a new building in the town center. Having more than 250 rooms, plenty of conference spaces, spa center, and all usual features a 4* hotel has, Novotel has a good fame around business people.

National Military Center is a monumental building owned by Romanian Army, serving as an entertainment center. The building was established between the two World Wars by Romanian King Ferdinand I.

No Bucharest review can be complete without University Square and Intercontinental Hotel. University Square is considered the central point of Bucharest, it’s the starting point of Romanian Revolution in Bucharest, is the central point for any rally. Intercontinental Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Bucharest, with 25 floors and 77 meter high.

A great week, and a great city to visit!

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Romanian Palace of the Parliament

Romanian Palace of the Parliament – Saint Patrick’s Day


The Romanian Palace of the Parliament is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Between 15 and 19 March 2013, Bucharest was the host of St. Patrick’s Festival. All these days, after dark, the Palace of the Parliament was advertised as The Embassy of Ireland. These were freezing days, but the view worth it without any doubt 🙂

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