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How-To's Landscape Photography Photography

10 Simple Tips to Improve your Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

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Every and each photographer has probably done landscape photography at least once in their careers as amateurs or pros. Landscape photography is simple one of those pictures that everyone raves about with all the bright colours and amazing scenery that makes eyeballs drop. No wonder it is by far the most popular category on 500px!

If you want to learn how to make amazing landscape shots but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you. 


10 Landscape photography tips

Although I no longer shoot as much landscape as I used to, many of my best shots were landscape photos and the technique, and rigour required for shooting landscape has certainly translated well into other fields of photography as well.

One aspect that can set your landscape photography apart is thinking about the the background, as well as the foreground. This way, you will give those viewing your picture a way into it and create a depth in your image. I have put together a few tips on clicking the perfect shot, ones that I learnt when I was a lot more  into landscape photography.

Without waiting, here are ten landscape photography tips to get you started.

1. Light is Everything

Although a landscape or particular scenery may seem static, it really isn’t. Light, just like exposure, can significantly affect the composition of your shot by shifting weight towards certain elements over others. 

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Interviews Photography Portrait Photography

Interview with Eric Dye, Semi-Pro Portrait Photographer

Eric Dye

Today we are doing a different formula from the usual blog posts we are doing here at Photograph IO. Following numerous reader requests, we have decided to conduct interviews with fellow photographers 🙂 Eric Dye, a semi-pro portrait photographer, is going to give some solid, concrete advice for beginners wishing to improve their photography, specifically portrait photography!

All photographs © Eric Dye. Used kindly with permission.


Photograph IO : Hello, Eric! Glad to be with you.

Eric Dye : Greetings! Glad to be with you too!

Photograph IO : To begin, can you introduce yourself a little bit?

Eric Dye : I’m a student at Penn State Behrend where I study journalism and communications. I’ve been shooting for about eight years now on the side doing everything from senior portraits and concerts to weddings. I’m the Creative Director and Opinion Editor for The Behrend Beacon, my school’s newspaper. There I do everything from designing ads and page layouts to teaching new writers basic photography techniques.

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Other Photography Tips and Tricks Urban Photography

Photography Tips and Tricks #7 : Use a Flash for Snow Photography

Snow with flash
Snow with flash

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Photography in the wintertime is, and always is, a tricky challenge. Not only do you have to brave the cold weather (with your fogged lenses too), deal with shorter batteries (since they don’t last as long in the cold), but falling snow is also a major part of the equation. Yes, snow can ruin your camera and equipment, but it can also yield beautiful images. That is, with this ONE simple trick. Use a flash for snow photography.

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News Other Photography

Photograph IO : Plans for 2015

Prague
The train has departed, prague

With 2014 being over for all of us all around the planet, it is now time for 2015 to come in all its force!

First things first. We’d first like to thank all of our loyal readers for your continued support throughout the creation of the blog in July 2014 all the way up to now. A lot of great things are announced for 2015. Stay tuned!

As Photograph IO’s editor-in-chief, I’m also giving you guys a gift, a sneak peek in my work : although many of you have seen my landscape work over at 500px (as well as an excellent guide to get popular on that platform) and Flickr (a guide coming soon?), I finally decided to publish many of my urban/street work in a large portfolio which can be accessed here; hope you guys enjoy!

On the blog side, we’ve also striving to stick to a few resolutions, if you mind to call them as such 😛 Here we go:

To sum up, more content is on the way. Hell yeah.

For those of you who hasn’t seen our list of Photograph IO 2014 Articles, there is some serious stuff coming to the blog, as well as smaller, regular posts to keep you readers occupied!

1) Reviews are definitely coming to the blog. Now that I’ve owned every single photography factor, ranging from small format (phones), APS-C, Full-Frame and Medium Format, I definitely feel comfortable making some reviews about the gear I use.

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Advanced Photography Techniques How-To's

How to Meter by Eye (Aka Guessing an Exposure)

Light meter
An old light meter

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One question that I guess asked often is : How to I meter by eye? I’ve got an old film camera that doesn’t have a light meter!

Although light meters are everywhere nowadays in digital cameras, learning to meter by eye is still one of the most useful skills a photographer can learn. Yes, I know that your camera probably has TTL metering with all the fancy algorithms, but many of the world’s “best” cameras do not have one (I’m looking at you guys, Leica and Hasselblad). Not only will you be able to use a Leica M4 with ease, but even if you just own a digital camera, it surely doesn’t hurt to know how to meter by eye.

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Other Photography

RAW vs JPEG: A Visual Comparison Using Real-World Examples

RAW vs JPEG: A Visual Comparison Using Real-World Examples

One of the hottest debates in the world of photography, probably on par, it not even more debated than Canon vs Nikon, is the one between RAW and JPEG. The former is a lossless, direct output of the camera’s sensor data while the latter is a lossy compressed version of an already “cooked” photograph.

While most photographers recommend shooting RAW for any serious work due to its format retaining all information, there are tons of misinformation and preconceptions about this topic on the web. Instead of making a direct comparison in this article, I’ll let you judge by yourself the difference between RAW and JPEG using actual photographs.

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How-To's Photography Travel Photography

12 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography from Start to Finish

Grand-Place, Brussels
Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

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Before, during and after you go on a trip, there are a few things to consider to improve your pictures as a photographer, no matter where the place is. Why do some people seem to get crappy shots, others seem to have loads of postcard shots while some people take off to the beaten path with creative shots? How can I get those iconic shots while still maintaining creative control on what you shoot?

Editor’s note : This article originally appeared over at The Phoblographer. They were kind enough to let me publish my guests posts over here at Photograph IO. Thanks!

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How-To's Other Photography

How to Shoot Motion Panning

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A way to improve your photography is by mastering panning, a form of art which distinguishes itself in more ways than you could imagine. If done correctly you can produce awe-inspiring and grandiose images which will bring up your skill level significantly. Pictures taken with this technique embody speed and motion and helps to put emphasis on the main subject in your frame.

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Essays and Opinion Other Photography

On the Meaning of Photography, and Digital Processing

Stars

Ever since I took up photography a bit more seriously, the issue of digital processing and manipulation keeps popping up more and more often. And strangely, most of the time, the people that bring it up have nothing to do with photography and have little knowledge of the subject. Most of those times, I don’t even bother to counter-argue, but during the last month I’ve been forced to defend my views quite a few times, so I decided to sit down, put my thoughts into an order and try to document and communicate them with you, in an attempt to be heard and understood.

Editor’s note : This is a syndicated article by Fotis Athanasopoulos that originally appeared on his blog Through the Looking Glass. It is used here with permission.

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Essays and Opinion Other

On Copyright Infringements, and Lost Respect

One of the photos that got ‘stolen’, as the saying goes

I came to a decision after quite a bit of thinking. As I announced on the last post, I decided to share my photos exclusively from this blog from now on. I’ll try to explain the reasons behind it on this post, but I touch on a huge subject (that of copyright and fair use) that has many approaches and it can lead to a very lengthy discussion, so I’ll just explain what happened and simlpy express my personal opinion afterwards, and leave it at that.

Editor’s note : This is a syndicated article by Fotis Athanasopoulos that originally appeared on his blog  Through the Looking Glass. It is used here with permission.