Landscape Checklist

Take your telephoto lenses as well as wide angle ones.

Take a plastic bag or purpose made sleeve, to put camera and gear in if it rains.

Hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, water, raincoat, jacket or long sleeved top and light full pants. (often at sunset and sunrise mosquitoes are bad).

Camera, cards, batteries, money and phone.

Clean your camera lens and take a microfibre cloth

Tripod.

Think Safety First – often we get carried away trying to get that unique angle, always think SAFETY first.

Check the weather forecast before you leave and tell someone where you are going.

Golden hour and blue hour are the best times to go out, so go early in the morning or later in the afternoon to ensure the best light.

Rain at Uluru

Rain falling from the rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you arrive on scene:

Check your camera settings, is the ISO on 100, are you in the right setting, if you are shooting in RAW is it turned on.

Check out where the light is coming from, where are the shadows falling, how much difference is there between the light and dark areas of the image.

Often it works best if the light is off to the side.

Walk around looking for what you want to be the main object that your image is about.

Think about what story you want to tell about it.

Look for different or unusual angles.

Look for foreground interest.

Take a few test shots and look at them in the camera, are their any distractions, are is the image looking the way you want.

Can you create a leading line?

Can you place the main object on one of the third lines or sweet spots of the composition rules.

Are there complementary colours, patterns of textures to add interest and depth.

Use a fairly large depth of field, f12 to f32 or whatever your camera goes up to.

Check if you have IS (image stability) on your camera or lens. If it does not have a tripod mode then turn it off.

Look at an image Vertically as well as horizontally.

Take a wide angle image and then see how many other photos you can find within the image.

Simplify.

As photographers we start with a canvas that is jam packed, we have to take objects out to create the image we want. We do this by changing the angle to exclude things, moving things (rubbish), or using a shallower depth of field.

Have fun and enjoy nature.

As you take your camera off the tripod, turn the IS back on:)

 

How to Create Images That Stand Out

In such an over saturated market like photography, how can I get my photos noticed.

Digital cameras and smart phones with cameras are everywhere and  it seems that every moment in life is captured and shared, so how can we create images that stand out from the crowd?

There seem to be so many great photographers out there.

With the advent of social media every person who ever picks up a camera has a captive market. People see so many amazing photos that they go, “wow look at that, I wonder where that is I want to go there,”

a palm frond frame

framing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very few few people say “Wow, who took that amazing photo?”

So how do we get them from looking at a photo, to asking who created it and wanting to see more of this persons work?”

There are many ways to do this. Good training and good work ethics still apply, but this isn’t enough.

Whenever you pick up your camera to create art as opposed to just taking the snapshots of life, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

What is it that makes me want to capture this scene, object, person etc?

What is the story I want to tell with this image? What story is going to capture people’s imagination?

Think about what types of books sell best? What emotions compel us to want to own something for ourselves?

Start with these as ideas to create images.

Who or what is the central character?

What is the mood I want to capture?

Now look through the viewfinder. What elements that I see add to the story? What elements take away from the story?

I once read an article that said something to the effect that, when we paint or draw, we start with a blank canvas and add to it, when we take a photograph we take an overcrowded canvas and remove from it.

We need to simplify, to create a story that doesn’t answer all the questions, a story that leaves room for the viewers imagination, a scene that will draw the viewer in and hold their attention.

Old Shearing shed

Days gone by

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will add further articles that will help you do this step by step. For now though, when you go out to take a photo, slow down and take time to decide what you really want to share before you even pick up the camera.