I don’t know if you make New Year’s resolutions or not, but I think it’s always good to make a resolution to improve your photography over the next year. Landscape photographer Nigel Danson gives you seven simple ideas that will help you kick-start 2019 and stay inspired and motivated for creating.
When you photograph attractive locations, it’s inevitable to have other people walking into your frame. Sure, you can resolve this with some Photoshop tricks, or try waking up really early and shoot before other tourists arrive. But why bother when you can do it the easy way: just scream at them, really loudly!
We all make tons of mistakes as photographers, but naturally, we tend to make more of them when we’re just starting out. While learning from our own mistakes is effective, it’s a painstaking process. After all, learning from the mistakes of others is better because “you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” So, in this video, Nigel Danson shares seven of the most common mistakes made by beginner landscape photographers. Hopefully, they will help you skip making them yourself and you’ll improve your photography skills.
Learning how to properly handle the camera is the most important aspect of improving your photography. While composition, light and post-processing have a big visual impact, they are second in line when it comes to where your priorities should be in the beginning.
Fellow photographer Ugo Cei has talked about a neat little trick he uses to teach his clients how to better learn the camera: use a brown paper bag to cover the camera, place your hands inside and change the ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. When you’re able to adjust these without looking, you’re familiar enough with your camera to move on (it goes without saying that you’ll also need to understand how these fundamental settings work).
Making mistakes is part of the learning progress but the sooner you become aware of them, the better. So, let’s address a few of the most common camera setting mistakes and how to fix them.
Using a Graduated Neutral Density filter is fairly easy and doesn’t require any advanced techniques in post-production but the easiest option isn’t always the best choice; due to the filter’s transition being horizontal, anything above the distinction will be darkened and anything below will be left alone.
This is a good solution when there’s a flat horizon but what do we do when there are mountains projecting above it? What do we do when there are large trees in the image? Using a GND filter means that they’ll be darkened as well. That’s something we want to avoid.
Well executed travel photography can definitely be exhilarating, but it is not as leisurely as most people imagine. Here are some suggestions that should help maximize results.
First and foremost is research; do plenty of it beforehand. Trying to find that little-known road or hike while already on location will cut into valuable shooting time. Lack of research will also increase the chances of one just driving by a turnoff that could have yielded amazing vistas.
For us in the northern emisphere, it’s that time of the year when nature changes and landscapes explode with color. Many photographers (especially landscape photographers) take trips in the fall and capture the changing world around them. Before you hit the road, it’s important to prepare, so that you can make the most of your photography trip. In this video, Nigel Danson talks about some mistakes he has made when planning photography trips. As he has learned something from them, he can now give you some useful advice on how to avoid the mistakes he made, and plan your trip perfectly.
Landscape photography comes with a wide range of its joys, but it also faces you with a lot of challenges. Regardless of the difficulties you may encounter, landscape photography is a beautiful art form that can improve your life. In this video, Adam Karnacz of First Man Photography explores some of the joys, rewards, and challenges of landscape photography, and reminds you why it’s all worth the effort.
When you’re shooting landscapes, the biggest challenge is getting images clean and sharp from front to back. You’d think it’s quite simple. Focus on infinity and away you go right? Well, not so much. That often puts things in the foreground out of focus. So, how you can you get everything sharp?
In this video from NatureTTL, Ross Hoddinott walks us through various techniques to get maximum sharpness throughout your scene.