It’s been one month since I introduced a challenge to all of you who follow me on my blog. The #DiscoverWithMikko challenge was to capture something nearby (no more than 20 km’s away) where you live. It was also to encourage you to try to capture something unique. The month flew by, and I can say that it was a tough challenge for me as well. Not many participated in this challenge, but I saw some beautiful entries on Instagram, which I’ll share in my stories @mikkolagerstedt.
Landscape photography is a magical and enriching field. It offers endless opportunities for capturing nature’s beauty, and it’s certainly one of my favorite genres. But as it happens when learning any craft, you’ll often make mistakes when just starting out. In his recent video, Mark Denney shares five beginner habits he once held that slowed his progress. He has dropped them since, and shares with you five common bad habits he suggests you avoid in landscape photography.
As photographers, we’ve all experienced the frustration of capturing photos that turn out to be blurry, lacking crispness, or even shaky. We often need help with these issues when reviewing our images on a larger screen despite carefully composing our shots and selecting subjects.
These common mistakes can happen to photographers at any level, but with a better understanding of how to avoid them, you can ensure sharper, more stable photos. This video from landscape photographer Photo Tom explores common mistakes that can lead to unsharp or shaky photos and gives tips on avoiding them.
Some godfathers of photography, including Ansel Adams, produced images of landscapes that shaped the US’s national identity. His iconic work captured the beauty of this country one photograph at a time, particularly that of the American West.
People came to know and love the dramatic landscapes of national parks through his imagery, recognizing a form of beauty that has stood the test of time. Art historians think his work was instrumental in forging a love for the outdoors, which is still apparent today. While Adams’ photos are revered to this day, some dismiss contemporary landscape photography as a genre for amateur photographers, as hobbyists flood image-sharing platforms with predictable imagery.
My favorite thing about photography is that you don’t always have to travel far to capture unique photographs. In this week’s tutorial, I talk about capturing fog in winter and how it can add a sense of mystery and atmosphere to your photos. This is the ultimate guide to capturing winter fog photographs.
Whether a thin layer of mist hovering over a frozen lake or a thick fog enveloping a forest, fog can transform a mundane scene into something magical. In this tutorial, I show you how to capture stunning winter landscapes with mist, from finding the right location to choosing the right time of day and experimenting with compositions.
One of the things I was a bit confused by when I first started out in photography was the subject of filters. What, when and how to be precise. When should I choose a polarising filter over a neutral density filter? What grade of neutral density filter do I need? Circular or square? And don’t even get me started on those gradient neutral density filters. It all seemed so confusing! Luckily I had the sense to enrol in a landscape photography workshop when I was travelling around New Zealand and all became clear. It really isn’t so complicated after all.
One of the things I enjoy about using filters is the ability to get it right in camera. There are some effects and techniques that you simply cannot do in post, and long exposure photography is one of those. In this video, Mike from Perea Photography takes you through his process of creating beautifully smooth long exposure landscapes using a 10-stop ND filter.
It’s a tough time of year for landscape photographers. We are eagerly waiting for Spring to arrive with its fresh new regrowth, blossom and slightly warmer weather, and we are so over Winter, but it’s just dragging on. The snow has gone slushy, the sky is a permanent grey slab of nothing. Should we just put our cameras away for another month? Not according to Mads Peter Iversen who has some great ideas to create magical images in even the most uninspiring time of year.
How many times have you gone out to shoot landscapes and found yourself hiding from the rain, having the quintessential car-picnic? Depending on where you live it could be pretty often. Childhood holidays were usually spent in Wales or Devon for me so I’m pretty used to wet weather.
A Spanish person actually once asked me how was it possible to live in such a wet country? Not only that but so-called bad weather can often yield some of the most beautiful and moody images. So for those of you used to inclement weather you can move along, nothing to see here. But for the rest of you, you might want to check out this video from Mads Peter Iversen on how to photograph in the pouring rain.
As I said a gazillion times before, we all make mistakes, and that’s totally cool as long as we learn from them. But oftentimes we may not even be aware that we make them, even if we’re already experienced photographers. In this great video, Mads Peter Iversen talks about landscape photography mistakes you may not even be aware of, and you’re still making them at least occasionally. I sure know I do.
Landscape photography is such a joy. It was probably the thing that got me into photography in the first place and since the lifting of the lockdowns I’ve been having an absolute blast getting outside and rediscovering my love of capturing epic scenery and sunsets (I’m definitely more of a sunset person than sunrise, particularly if I haven’t had coffee!). But it’s not easy.
Two weeks ago I found myself at the top of a mountain lookout in the Pyrenees with nothing short of breathtaking views, and I found it very difficult to come up with a pleasing composition. The scenery was just too much to take in, there was nothing to put in the foreground. What I really needed was to watch this video by Photo Tom so that I could have avoided these 7 common mistakes that he sees in his landscape workshops.