- How to Take Better Landscape Photos
- Lifeguard Bride Saves Drowning Boy During Engagement Photography Session (Video)
- Air Traffic Time-lapse Photography (Video)
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 04:24 PM PDT
Taking great landscape pictures can seem so easy compared to shooting action photography or taking pictures of children or animals. However, any photographer that’s lugged their equipment to the top of a beautiful vista only to end up with sub-par photos can tell you that there’s a lot more to great landscape photography than simply showing up. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help your photos turn out fantastic.
With landscape photography it’s all about the details. The more you can shove into your image, the better it’s going to look. Detail and depth of field are both increased by longer exposure times, so try to use the highest F-stop value (22 on most cameras) whenever possible. This will allow less light into the camera and give you more flexibility in exposing the film. If you want to use a slower ISO film (around 100) this will also pull in more detail but be careful as slow films may not be the best for all lighting situations.
Hold ‘em Steady
While slower shutter speeds will add to your detail and depth of field, lengthening the exposure time has its own risks. Even the most steady-handed of photographers begin to run the risk of hand “shake” blur at a shutter speed of about 125, so skip this headache altogether and mount your camera on a tripod, sandbag, or flat rock. If you are using a very low shutter speed or the bulb setting on your camera, you may also want to consider picking up a cable release. This will prevent the image from being compromised by the movement of your hands pushing the shutter button.
Aim for Something
Picture an empty room with no windows- pretty boring isn’t it? Landscapes are exactly the same as any other photograph – you need a subject to make it interesting. No matter what kind of landscape you’re taking, you want to have some type of focal point framed in the image. This may seem strange, but simply pointing a camera at a mountain and hitting the shutter isn’t going to automatically result in an amazing photograph. Think of the “story” of each photograph, and try to tell it in the frame.
Always Be Ready
Unfortunately, as a landscape photographer, you don’t have the option of scheduling the perfect shot or creating the perfect lighting when you want it. You have to be willing to work with factors outside of your control and capitalize on these factors when they work in your favor. Photographs taken in the early morning hours are much different than those taken near dusk, and those beautiful thunderstorm clouds outside your window aren’t going to stick around while you decide whether or not you feel like shooting. If you want to take incredible landscape photographs, it’s a good idea to keep your gear bag packed by the door in case something interesting starts happening outside.
Although it may seem strange that landscape photography requires grabbing an interesting shot on short notice, landscape photography actually requires a lot of patience. The moments in time captured by a landscape photographer’s lens will likely never happen again in quite the same way, so be prepared to wait for the perfect shot.
So it should be no surprise that landscape photography can be deceptively complex. It seems that all a landscape photographer would need is a camera and some nice scenery, however, a good photographer really needs a bit more. A photographer needs the right equipment, a patient mindset plus an understanding of how the time, weather and photo composition all come into play into creating an outstanding image. With those couple of things, you can start taking great landscape pictures that you’ll be proud to display on your wall.
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Posted: 11 Jul 2013 01:46 PM PDT
There are a lot of reasons to pay close attention to your background when you’re shooting photos. The background has a huge impact on an image, it can contain distractions, and sometimes it can bring your attention to something you might not have otherwise noticed. In this video, ABC News covers the miraculous story of a bride-to-be who saves a drowning child during her engagement shoot, after being alerted of the boy’s trouble by a chimping friend:
Becki Salmon and her fiance, Matt, were having engagement photos made at a Philadelphia park by photographer Ken Berger. When her friend pointed out a child struggling in the water, Salmon immediately took action. Being a trained paramedic and lifeguard, she recognized that the boy was drowning at once. She dove into the creek and pulled him out, while Berger turned photojournalist, snapping shot after shot of the unfolding action.
Unfortunately, these situations happen all the time, and there are often no Beckis around to help. Thanks to TV and movies, most people (parents included) have a very inaccurate idea of what a drowning person looks like. When you drown, your brain goes into survival mode, temporarily shutting down communication centers while you focus on trying to stay alive.
This means that a drowning person will never wave their arms and yell for help, or splash around loudly (Via Petapixel). They will tread water quietly, their heads bobbing over and under the water, trying to gasp for air and likely not being able to get enough to breathe, let alone shout with. It was due to this knowledge and training that Salmon knew the child was in danger when nobody else did, and was able to save his life.
Go to full article: Lifeguard Bride Saves Drowning Boy During Engagement Photography Session (Video)
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 11:14 AM PDT
Storms rolling in. Seeds transforming into flowers. The sun rising and setting. As technology makes timelapse photography more ubiquitous, certain timelapse subjects are becoming commonplace. We’ve all seen freeway traffic images replayed at 30 frames per second. Air traffic, however, is a subject that puts a creative spin on the old standbys:
Milton Tan was inspired to create a timelapse video of aircraft after a night of shooting a passing storm. In his storm footage, he noticed curious streaks of light resulting from low-flying planes headed toward the airport near his home.
Over the course of six months, Tan photographed planes coming in for landing. He took these long exposures at Changi Beach in Singapore and pieced them together into the timelapse film above, which he calls The Air Traffic. His application of a common technique to less common subject matter quickly catches viewers’ attention.
For Further Training on Time-lapse Photography:
Check out this COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: Time-lapse Photography Guide
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