Over the years of practising photography, we all learn new things and learn from our own experience and mistakes. In this video, Nigel Danson shares seven things he has learned about the craft of photography. They are simple tips, but he wishes that someone had told him them earlier.
It’s becoming harder to get the entire image sharp with the constantly wider lenses and more extreme foregrounds that are used in today’s photography. Even optimal apertures aren’t enough to get both the foreground and background as sharp as desired. That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, though. Focus stacking for sharper images has become a go-to technique for photographers of all levels to achieve images that are sharp all the way through.
Auroras look so magical, and it’s no surprise that it’s on a lot of photographers’ bucket list. Not all of us will ever get the chance to photograph these magnificent lights, but if you happen to be lucky enough, will you know how to shoot them? Thankfully, expert aurora photographer Mads Peter Iversen just posted the ultimate video guide on how to predict and photograph this elusive phenomenon.
It’s that time of year when landscape photography is starting to become popular again. The snow’s all but disappeared for most of us. Even the continual rain seems to have died down a bit. The sun’s coming out, and the gorgeous rich green environment and vivid colours are coming back to nature.
But shooting landscapes isn’t always as easy or intuitive as one might hope. Many landscapes look so impressive in person that it’s difficult to really capture what caught your eye in a photograph. This video from photographer Toma Bonciu explains how to recognise those compositional elements to help get the shot you really want.
Different times of day give you different light and of course, it’s something to count on when photographing outdoors. In this video from CreativeLive, photographer Frans Lanting shares some tips to remember when you go out shooting landscapes. They will help you get great photos at any time of day, no matter the position of the sun.
Many landscape photographers prefer using wide angle lenses. However, it’s sometimes tricky to get a captivating photo when shooting wide. Photographer Toma Bonciu shares five tips that will help you get the best out of your wide angle landscape photos. He uses images from five photographers as examples, so let’s see what we can learn from them.
Oftentimes, good composition makes a difference between a good and a great landscape photo. But, as photographer Nigel Danson points out, the composition is often the area of photography people struggle with. So in his latest video, he talks about composition in landscape photography and shares some fantastic tips you can start using right away. It’s not just about the rules most of us know (such as the Rule of Thirds or the golden ratio). It’s about planning your shot and making your photos more interesting to your viewers.
Hands up who has an Instagram account. I certainly do (@jaketraynor – shameless plug), and I rarely wander outside of the landscape photography realm. What I’ve come to notice after one year of using it is just how popular colour images are.
There are some beautiful photos on Instagram. Amazing sunrises over ice shards, explosive sunsets over gentle beaches, waterfalls in the autumn glow. And then there are the images that have just had the saturation jacked all the way up – that are still incredibly popular. Let’s face it, when it comes to landscape photography on social media, it’s all about the wow-factor. So, if these are the types of images that are making names for people, why should we be shooting in black and white?
There’s generally two approaches to landscape photography. The first is to just turn up and just photograph what you see as you notice it. It’s a somewhat haphazard, but very therapeutic way of shooting landscapes. And while you’re happy if you come home with great shots, it’s the journey that’s most important. The other type are the landscape photographers that plan ahead. Neither method is better than the other, and both are equally valid. If you want to plan ahead, though, location scouting is vital.
This video from German photographer Michael Breitung talks us through his location scouting process and why it’s so important to him. It really can make a big difference and offer you a lot more consistency and reliability when you head out to create images.