If you’re like most landscape photographers. There is certainly nothing wrong with using a wide angle lens, but limiting-yourself to shorter focal lengths might mean you miss out on capturing landscapes in a new, interesting-and-unique way.
There are plenty of reasons why a zoom lens is advantageous for landscape photography, but two of them stand out above the rest: you can get more creative with your compositions, and you can highlight the smaller details of a large landscape.
With a wide-angle lens you can get away with the “postcard shot,” or a general, sweeping view of the landscape. But with a zoom lens, it’s imperative that you slow things down, analyze the scene, and concentrate on all aspects of the composition to ensure you’ve got an eye-catching shot. This might mean you examine the lighting to find interesting shadows, explore the beach for textures or patterns that make for a dynamic subject, or zoom in tightly on a mountain peak to make it’s height seem more grand.
What’s more, at
For example, the following image from a recent wedding shot a set up from the start, from an idea when saw the brides hotel bedroom. It was taken with just the camera and lens, nothing else. However, it has been through about 8 or 9 processes in Lightroom and Photoshop to get the end result.
However, a short time later during another semi-posed session, things broke down during the set up but I carried on shooting regardless. The result was me getting one of my favourite shots from the entire wedding day which is 100% natural and has simply been converted to black and white…
It is slightly blurred, a little grainy and overexposed but during the rest of the day and night I didn’t manage to get a more natural shot of the bride and her mother together and to be honest, I don’t think I could have done if I had the whole of the next day and night too!
It shows the bride in a completely natural state when deep inside the nerves are wreaking havoc. For this one moment it
Do you want successful in photography ? whether personally or professionally, can seem like an uphill slog sometimes so how can you make it easier?
The main thing to remember and concentrate on is your mindset! Think like a photographer for long enough and you will become one.
Sounds strange? Well, your mind is the most powerful asset you have and can also be the most destructive. If you continuously think you cannot do something, you won’t…period! If you truly believe in yourself and stay persistent in your efforts, you can achieve anything.
Don’t be put off by naysayers or beautiful portfolios that you come across, be inspired and motivated by them.
Don’t be put off by the sheer number of photographers out there doing business all around you if you are in a built up, busy area. Just understand that it is a huge market and you can easily grab your own share if that is what you want. The more working photographers in your area, the more work that is probably available, see it as a positive thing!
Don’t be put off by all the technical
It’s a question often asked by photographers is “What focal length is the best for headshots?” Though the answer is likely going to be a little different depending on who you ask, here some ideas about which-lenses are the best for the job:
In the video below, Gavin takes close-up photos of the same model in the same studio setup with various lenses, ranging from 24mm up to 200mm, and compares the results. Even if you don’t agree which lens is the best, at the very least, you can get a good glimpse of how the focal length of the lens changes the look and feel of the images you create.
As one of the oldest and most respected names in the business, Olympus isn’t afraid of playing with the big boys. Hand in hand with the brand is the M.Zuiko lens, built to professional standards. Here’s one that covers just about any everyday shooting situation, from landscapes to portraits.
What’s the meaning of winter photography? it had been used to 300 days a year sun, beach scenes, happy people walking along promenades or browsing the shops with a distinct holiday feel-about-them.
I was used to popping on a pair of shorts, practically any day of the year, and setting off for a day’s comfortable shooting with fantastic light.
The cold is one thing that puts me off winter photography…my equipment (camera equipment please!) and hands get so cold it is hard to concentrate let alone be creative but I decided to brave the cold winds of the Jurassic Coast for a bit to see what I could find.
Something that struck me about the UK in winter is that there is a constant golden light when the sun is out. It is so low for much of the day that if you position yourself right, you can make the most of this wonderfully natural light.
But what if the rain is coming down and it really isn’t good outside for any sort of winter photography? Simple, shoot indoors!
The first image here is of the Fleet Air Museum in Somerset. Whenever I can, I try to incorporate my photography with a day out for the
Always Have your Camera Ready One way that got of noticed and remembere when you move in the photography business.
Not only does this let people know you are serious about what you do, it also sticks in their mind that you are a photographer. The main reason for me though is that you never know what you will see or experience on your travels!
Have you ever thought “Damn! I wish I had my camera!”
Not only may that image you get be useful for your website or blog but it may well be in demand at a news agency or even be a top seller for a stock photography agency!
When you finish a job or get in from a long days shooting, get into the habit of charging your batteries straight away, emptying the CF cards, formatting them and cleaning the camera and lenses.
Have everything ready, neatly put away in your camera bag or rucksack, and have it ready to pick up and go…mine stays by the door of the office.
I have been here in Spain for a while now and occasionally I get a call saying “Mr X TV personality is at the local golf course today” or “There is a pile up on
The nature of this article does in no way mean that condone the repetition of its contents.
I am by no means an expert and the reason I am writing this short article for All Things Photography is not to make any recommendations or suggestions but simply to point out a few facts and mistakes to avoid.
So to start – The Dirty Sensor – How does it happen?
Many believe that leaving the camera switched on when changing lenses causes the electronic “charge” to act like a magnet and attract dust that way. I am not so sure about this as the mirror and shutter should be closed anyway therefore preventing any dust being attracted to the sensor during this time.
The most obvious reason is probably due to lack of care and attention. Taking the lens off in a clean, wind-free environment is your best bet to keeping things dust-free inside the camera.
Any dust that gets in (and it will) during lens changes will eventually find its way onto your sensor over time and the more you use your camera, maybe more so with longer exposures…who knows!
Above all else, if you have a dirty sensor and want it cleaned, take it to a pro. I
It is too easy to come home after a days shooting, whip out the memory card, have a play with your new images and forget all about maintenance of your kit.
If you are like me, anything new that I buy over time (car, motorbike, watch, glasses etc), get cleaned immaculately at least once a day. Then after a few weeks it falls to once a week or so and then just “on the odd occasion” or when they look really dirty.
Because photography is my livelihood, I have to physically make myself grab my camera bag, go and sit somewhere quiet and take a good half an hour to an hour after a shoot to clean every piece of equipment that I have used.
This kit has cost thousands and its cleanliness has a direct bearing on the quality of my images and the longevity of its use. Not only that but as I upgrade my equipment, I may want to sell on my old cameras at the best price.
These are the checks that I make;
Digital Camera Cleaning and Maintenance – Lenses
Obviously take great care when cleaning the glass, it is what makes the lenses so expensive and costly to repair or replace. Use only
The way things were going with pricing and technology with regard to digital cameras is the great idea and it’s suitable for digital photography
For people who have previously owned film cameras or simple point and shoot digital cameras, and now as prices start to fall for the more exclusive semi professional DSLR’s, the opportunity to join the rest of us in the exciting world of the DSLR (Digital SLR) is more affordable than ever when beginning digital photography.
This new breed of cameras is quite simply amazing and I sometimes despair when I read reviews and forum comments that air their disappointment when a new camera just released hasn’t addressed the issue of “having to go to the menu” to make an alteration, for example.
When you are reading reviews about a certain digital SLR camera that you wish to buy, please take them with a pinch of salt.
The reviewers are there to delve full on into every possible avenue open for discussion and any of their personal gripes should not put you off.
If all cameras were released with everyone’s whims being catered for, the camera would simply have no room for a viewfinder or a lens because of the hundreds of buttons scattered everywhere. What you need to do, even if
One thing that you have learnt over the years and especially so with the photography business is to step out of comfort zone once in a while. It is all too easy for anyone to amble along through life keeping the reigns tightly held back on your hobby>
Life is too hapiness
What holds most people back is the fear of failure or messing up a paying clients’ images coupled with the notion and fear of not “making it” in the world of professional photography. I also read regularly about people “not being quite ready” just yet.
These fears are hard to overcome and there is not much I or anyone else can say to make you feel like the time is right…it is never right! After all it took Thomas Edison 10,000 failures to finally perfect the light bulb (although some credit has to go to Joseph Swan, a British inventor who actually invented the light bulb first).
Regardless, Edison did not stop at failure number one, two three or even 9,000…he kept going and that is the point. You may well “slightly” mess up your first wedding or portrait sitting.
You might get home after shooting the interior of a hotel only to realise that