Most of you have probably heard of the name Laowa by now. They were a rather unknown brand up until recently when they made name for themselves in the landscape photography world with the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 wide angle lens that was well received. Laowa (Venus Optics) is a Chinese brand known for their innovative lenses. Laowa is showing support to the Sony E-mount with releasing their 15mm f/2 that was specifically designed for the E-mount making it possible to make it smaller and lighter than the lenses they make for DSLR mounts. 2 years ago I met the Laowa guys at Photokina and I already briefly tested the prototype of the 15mm there. I was impressed with the sharpness across the frame and was eager to try out the final version. Now that I have this lens for a while I feel confident to write a decent review about it. I used this lens in my own country the Netherlands and took it to Dubai, Norway and Iceland. I have seen a bunch of reviews online but they were mainly technical without a lot of real world examples. In this review I’ll discuss how this lens performs in ‘real world usage’. Most people who are reading my articles know that I am a landscape photographer so you can expect a lot of landscape photography use with this lens.
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.
What does it look like to combine traditional landscape photography with ideas of planetary exploration; 19th-century romantic painting and science fiction? Photographer Reuben Wu has explored these combinations and brought them together in a series of landscape photos that will take your breath away.
In his project Lux Noctis, Reuben combines lights placed on a drone with long exposure photography of mountains. He has shared the resulting photos with us, as well as some details about the project, so take a look.
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.
Life is busy. We’re all so caught up running around from one task to the next with no time in between that it’s easy to forget that amazing moments can’t be scheduled.
In this article I wanted to share a few photos that recently taught me to remember to slow down and how great it feels to photograph something special.
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?
Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what are ‘the right settings’ to shoot moving water so I decided to write a little guide on it. There are many options depending on what look you’re going for. By using some examples of my own I’ll explain how I shoot my seascapes.
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.