If you enjoy landscape photography as much as I do, here’s a real treat for you. International Landscape Photographer of the Year (ILPOTY) has just announced its 2020 competition winners. I honestly couldn’t tell which of these photos I liked most because they’re all jaw-dropping. So sit back, relax, and scroll down to see this year’s impressive ILPOTY winners.
When I work with an image, I want to create something pleasing to the eyes, a piece of art with a wow-factor. I desire to produce a scene that takes the viewer on a journey from foreground to background.
When it comes to editing, it really helps to have a guiding template. It helps the creative process. Many call this a creative vision. That said, I would never advocate or introduce rules for landscape photography. My photography’s core motivation is the freedom to express myself in whatever artistic fashion I find fulfilling. It should be the same for you.
For me, though, I have always found it helpful to have some guidelines that outline the direction I am heading. Walking blindfolded isn’t something I enjoy. I have adopted three main principles for my post-processing, and I will explain each of them in detail.
Fall is the perfect time for photographing woodland. However, woodland can be more challenging to capture than other landscape scenes. I personally struggle with it the most and I’m never quite happy with the photos I take in the forest. If you’re anything like me, Christian Möhrle of The Phlog Photography has a video you just have to watch. He’ll give you four tips that will help you take your woodland photos to a higher level. So let’s watch it and apply these tips while there are still gorgeous colorful leaves out there in the forest!
The weather here in the UK isn’t particularly great right now. To be fair, it’s rarely all that great here, but at this time of the year, it’s even more wet, windy and colder than ever. It’s uncomfortable weather. It puts many people off wanting to head outdoors with their cameras. But bad weather can actually make for some of the best photographs.
Landscape photographer Chris Sale set out to prove this theory by heading out into England’s Lake District to shoot landscapes in some pretty unpleasant conditions. In this video, he talks about the challenges of shooting in these conditions and why you might want to do it too.
Landscape images with a strong narrative add a dimension to a scene. Very often, the viewer can relate to the story and the emotions it conveys. Elements in the photo that contribute to the narrative also spark the viewers’ imagination. There is much truth in the saying: “A photo is worth a thousand words.”
There are plenty of ways to add a storytelling element to a landscape scene. Let’s have a look at some of the tools we have.
It looks like sky replacement has been the most popular AI editing tool this year. It was first introduced in Luminar, then Photoshop, and finally Luminar AI. Judging from our tests, both Luminar and Adobe did a pretty good job developing the tool. But the question is: are photographers gonna use it?
From what I’ve seen, the opinions on this kind of tool are divided. Some photographers embraced it immediately, while others refuse to use it. Joshua Cripps falls within the second group and says that he’ll never use sky replacement in his work. In this video, he gives you some reasons for it, and he has some pretty good arguments.
Landscape photography is one of my favorite genres. So, I’m thrilled to share with you this year’s winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year contest. The overall winner and the category winners have recently been announced, and they will teleport you to the beautiful landscapes all over the world. You’ll agree, that’s what we all need right now.
Is there a secret formula for success? Is it a five-step program? Or perhaps even ten steps? What does it take? Will external motivation alone help you reach your goals? I don’t think so. I firmly believe that internal motivation or inner drive is the key to almost everything.
But, before we move on, what is success? Is it to have millions of followers on Instagram, or is it something different entirely? I will discuss that in more detail at the end of the article.
It’s funny. In the film days, camera and lens manufacturers strived for perfection, because photographers demanded it. They wanted perfect sharpness and clarity wide open. They wanted no vignetting. They wanted fantastic colour and contrast with consistent light transmission from one lens to the next.
As the gear gets closer and closer to that perfection, photographers are treating their own work the same way. They strive for “the perfect shot”. They’ll move things before taking the photo or photoshop bits out to make it “perfect” in post. But is that doing more harm than good? Photographer James Popsys takes a look at how chasing perfection could be ruining your work.
There are some places that are hard to reach or it’s had to get a permit to photograph them. But if you want to shoot “The Wave” in Arizona, there’s a pretty unique permit process. You need to sign up for a special lottery that only ten photographers can win each day. photographer Todd Dominey was one of the lucky winners. In this fun and informative video, he shared his experience and a bit about the application process itself.