Shooting with wide very angle lenses can often produce some unique issues that you don’t encounter with other focal lengths. In this video, Toma Bonciu takes us through his thought process in taking great landscape images using a 17-40mm lens. It’s all too easy to try to fit the entire scene in front of you into the photo, but wide-angle lenses are well, wide, and so you need to be aware of the entire scene around you.
We often see lenses described as being for a particular type of photography. Anything in the 50-135mm range is for portraits, anything 150 and up is for wildlife or sports and anything 28mm or less is generally regarded as a “landscape lens”. Wide angle lenses just typically seem to be designated to that genre.
It’s all nonsense, of course, you can shoot whatever you want with whatever focal length you like. And that’s put to the test in this landscape photography challenge between landscape photographers Nigel Danson and James Popsys. One is only allowed to shoot with a 24mm while the other has to shoot 200mm.
I remember the first time I saw an image captured using the long exposure photography technique. It blew me away. The skies were stretched across the sky and the water as soft as silk. How was it even possible?
Little did I know that this technique would become a game changer for me. Not only did learning this technique help me understand the fundamental camera settings, it helped develop my creative vision.
A decade later I’m still fascinated with long exposure photography. My approach has changed during the years but it’s still part of who I am.
It’s fair to say that there’s been many ups and downs during these years. From learning the very basics to tackling more complex and creative approaches. Many lessons are learned the hard way and that’s part of what I want to help you avoid.
So, read on and I’ll tell you the secrets of great long exposure photography.
Mistakes, mistakes… I love writing about them, and I’ve made my fair share of them and learned something from most. If you’re a landscape photographer and relatively new to this, you should watch this video about mistakes.
Mads Peter Iversen guides you through his shoot at the iconic Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse in Denmark and shares seven mistakes landscape photographers often make when using a wide-angle lens. But also, he’ll teach you how to overcome them and what to do for a better shot.
There are a lot of tips and advice out there for all kinds of different genres of photography. Most of them involve technique or buying more gear. Very little is about our behaviour and mindset. This video from Mark Denney, though, is a little different. In it, he presents four habits he’s developed over the last few years that have helped him with his workflow to improve his landscape photography.
While Mark freely admits that everybody’s workflow is different and not every tip is going to help everybody, these are some great suggestions. I follow a couple of these myself and they’ve made a big difference to my photography over the years. Maybe they’ll help yours, too.
Have you ever thought about the term ‘fine art landscape photography‘ and wondered what it means?
Do you feel that a photograph can be a form of art in the same realm as painting, drawing, or sculpture?
Some styles such as photojournalism or commercial photography are actually the opposite of fine art, as they exist to record events or literal reality or to advertise products or services.
Photographing landscapes is always a popular topic, but it seems to have become even more so over the last year as much of the world has been told to avoid other people and seen events cancelled. And, well, if we can’t point our cameras at other people, what else are we to do if we want to keep shooting and hone our skills?
But landscapes require a number of techniques that we don’t typically see in most other genres of photography. One such technique is that of blending multiple shots together, for various reasons, but often for things like HDR or focus stacking. In this video, Adam Gibbs shows us how we can blend multiple images together in Photoshop.
Aerial, landscape, and abstract photography fall within my favorite genres. And when those three are brought together – boy, that’s a treat! If you like any of the three genres, Gábor Nagy is the photographer whose work you’ll love. He sees and captures the astonishing beauty of our world with his drone, and often gives his photos painterly quality that will leave you speechless. For this article, I’ve chosen his aerial landscapes that look like abstract paintings, and they’re truly a feast for the eyes.
The harsh midday sun is not the favorite light for most photographers. While we talked about it many times in terms of portrait photography, we haven’t often mentioned how challenging it can be for landscapes. Well, Nigel Danson reflects on it in his video. He takes you on a walk through a forest with him, sharing a few simple, but powerful tips for getting striking landscape photos even in the midday sun.