Learn to Improve Your Landscape and Travel Photography
One of the joys of landscape and travel photography is constant learning – new ways of seeing, new ideas for filmmaking and photographing, new directions for compositions and editing.
Our goal at ExploreDiscoverShoot is to help us learn from each other and see the world in a different way.
Put these filmmaking and photography ideas and techniques to work. Then grab your camera and go!
SIMON BURN: I’ve never pursued creating fine art landscape images, but more and more find myself looking at them. These impressionist images take us away from the realms of recording reality, and are much more about what we feel than what we actually see.
The notion of subjectivity is quite a useful concept. And I would argue that it is, paradoxically, the refuge of mediocrity. While everyone is entitled to their subjective opinion, I believe there are still objective standards even when it comes to art. See what you think…
Prolific author and photographer David duChemin challenges us to ask ourselves questions about every aspect of the photo we’re about to take or edit. What choices best suit the photograph and make it uniquely ours? This book demands a slow and thoughtful read.
There’s a big difference between creating and editing a photograph for yourself and doing the same for another purpose. Professional photographers understand the intended use of a photograph which influences how they compose and frame a shot, and then how they edit.
Some landscape and travel photographers have created “rules” when it comes to editing their images. It generally boils down to “as little as possible” with everything else being wrong. We maintain that photography is art and anything goes. Of course, tastes vary, but that’s not the point.
There are at least seven ways to edit colours in Lightroom and Photoshop. Only split toning gives you specific control for colour in your highlights and shadows. The impact can be either subtle or dramatic – your choice!
If you’re just starting to take pictures more seriously, you’ll soon be thinking about composition. Where do you place your focal point within your frame, and how do you create the effect you’re looking for? A classic composition technique is to work with the rule of thirds. Let’s start there.
In photography, it’s easy to fall into routines, especially if you get good at something. You do the same trick over and over. But I find that a competitive mindset is the key to success. The biggest competition is me. I’m always looking for the unexpected, trying to better my last effort.
Simon Burn will be the first to say he’s not a big gear fan. But as he got deeper into video, he realized it was time to make the switch from DSLR to mirrorless. Here he outlines the features that matter to him, and the ones that don’t. Weight saving? “Overrated”, says Simon!
Dave has built a substantial full-time business selling his prints. He’s the first to tell you it didn’t happen overnight, but he’s very happy with his progress (213 prints in 2019). Photographers can learn valuable lessons from how Dave has created a thriving market for his prints.
SIMON BURN: Let’s consider the various types of waterfalls and the difficulties that each presents …
MARK MCNEILL: Even when the focus is on the stars, the shots are always anchored by an interesting landscape.
SIMON BURN: I’m shooting on Dungeness Beach, in the South-East of England to show you how using a wide-angle lens for landscape photography gives great results.
Mike Goodwin is lucky to have visited twice to shoot many locations and can offer you many insightful Iceland waterfalls photography tips.
Let photographer David Griffiths be your Snowdonia mountain photography guide. Snowdonia offers 15 peaks of 3,000 feet or more, all within a small area.
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