In this landscape photography tutorial, we join landscape photographer Karl Taylor down at a lovely location looking for decent coastal details and seascape compositions. We watch as he creates a couple of shots that should work out well. In this video he also reveals a few useful landscape photo tips that he uses when looking for seascape shots – PLUS there’s a little cheat he use during his shoots!
Photo Quickie with Photographer Nick Page: Chasing Snow and Ice
Published on Jan 17, 2017 by: Nick Page
In this nature photography video photographer Nick Page chases snowy and icy scenes after a deep freeze that came though the Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon. On this photo shoot Nick tests out some new equipment, as well as experimenting with filming in 60fps.
Wide-open spaces such as meadows, plains, and prairies are some of the hardest landscapes of all to photograph. This is because most often these types of areas lack a point of interest for the view to focus on in the landscape photograph. In most cases, the huge portion of the scene is one of the things you’re trying to communicate in your photograph but most of the time it won’t capture a viewer’s attention. Remember, your viewers need something in the image to which he or she can focus on it’s the way our minds work. So while you’re on the scene of your shoot look at the different elements of that location and use one as it’s point of interest that says something about the location and imparts a sense of scale. As a photographer you don’t want the viewer’s eyes to wander aimlessly through the photo, so use whatever might be available in the scene to lead his or her into the image. These items could be a winding road, a stream, a fence line, patches of stones…anything could work if your perspective is right.
Photographing wooded areas presents a different set of challenges than other landscape scenes. There are a large amount of trees that run up through your location, there are fallen trees that could run through your scene, there are millions of individual leaves with their own unique characteristics and there are branches popping out everywhere. In the forest there are also specks of light that could shine through the trees and there could be deep dark shadows created by the elements too. So as a beginning landscape photographer we wanted to offer a few tips to help you maneuver your way through shooting landscape and nature photos in a wooded area.
First and foremost think about the characteristics of the forest. Once you have selected that characteristic, the next step is to think of how you want to use that characteristic in the photo, meaning do you want that characteristic as the point of interest in the photo or do you want to use it to accent another element in the scene. Next, think about any special features that will help express how you feel about the scene or characteristic?
Whether you are creating a photo and facing towards a forest or shooting your scene from inside it, look for patterns, lines, and other compositional elements you can use to enhance the scene.
Your lens also makes a difference in how you landscape or nature photograph will turn out. Consider trying both wide angle and telephoto lenses while you are on scene. A wide angle lens can elongate the element depending on your angle and perspective to the subject such as a tree. The wide angle lens (if you are shooting upwards) will stretch the tree and make it appear taller than what it is; just like the photo above. A telephoto lens on the other hand will compress the truck of the tree.
In this landscape photography tutorial we join product photographer Sean Tucker on a trip to Snowdonia in Wales in an attempt to reinvigorate his photography by shooting in a genre that he is unfamiliar with; Landscape Photography. This video is a tutorial giving details of his shooting style, philosophy behind the shots, apps which he finds very helpful, as well as a selection of the resulting landscape photos at the close of the video.