Sometimes a glimpse of light is all it takes to make a scene come alive. I recently spent a day in strong wind and rain exploring and looking for something that would catch my attention. Eventually I found a scene that I really liked and I setup my camera ready to capture it how I wanted. On this stormy, overcast day the sun cast its soft glow on my scene for a few brief moments and I was able to capture an image that I really like. You can watch this here. In other news I have updated my website with details of some landscape photography workshops that I will be running in Scotland. These are in the areas of the Cairngorms National Park, Glen Affric and Torridon. If you’d like to spend a day with me in these beautiful areas, enjoy some wonderful landscape photography, and receive as much or as little tuition as you’d like then you can find out more information here.
When doing landscape photography we can often walk for long distances and it is important to keep the weight of our camera equipment manageable. Carrying lots of lenses can certainly increase the weight of our camera bags and the effect on our energy levels is noticeable! There will be times we only want to carry a single lens with us to minimise the weight we carry, so what would be the best lens and focal length to carry? This is also a question new landscape photographers may ask before they begin purchasing camera equipment - perhaps you initially only want to buy one lens, so what is the best focal length range to start off with? Have a look here at my video in which I discuss what I think is the best focal length range in a single lens for landscape photography.
Camera Settings for Photographing Birds in Flight + Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Tips /
Capturing nice images of birds in flight is a very rewarding experience. To capture good sharp images you need to use the correct settings on your camera and lens. I’ve created a video which covers all the camera settings you need to use for photographing birds in flight, I also gives some tips to help Canon users including taking advantage of custom settings and modifying Canon AF case settings. I also discuss the best settings for the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary lens. You can watch here.
Here on my site I have a number of limited edition landscape photography prints, and limited edition wildlife prints, from Scotland for sale. I have a range of single prints and also box sets of prints, all from Scotland. Each photograph that I sell means something to me personally and I am proud of each image that I offer as a print. Great effort and care has been put into the capture and natural edit of each photograph, and that continues with my printing and packaging process. I produce archival quality prints which will last a lifetime and included in each sale is a certificate of authenticity and some other documents which I think you will enjoy receiving. I despatch worldwide and ensure that my prints arrive in pristine condition.
There are no secrets to taking landscape photography images. You do however need to know the technical details of photography and also how to operate your camera. Once you know the technical details many other factors become more important. I’ve published a video in which I give four landscape photography tips that I feel can be applied from your very first landscape photography shoot through a lifetime of taking landscape images. These tips just scratch the surface but I feel they are very important and practical. You can watch the video on my YouTube channel here.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is a fantastic lens covering both ultra-wide and wide-angle focal lengths on a full frame camera. When I use this lens it is mainly to utilise the ultra-wide-angle range of focal lengths that it offers. This can result in some really interesting and dynamic images but it needs to be used correctly in the correct types of scene. In my latest YouTube video I cover in depth how I use this lens and give lots of tips and advice on ultra-wide-angle photography, you can watch my video here.
I spend the majority of my time doing landscape photography but over the years I have spent a lot of time doing wildlife photography. It is something that I have a love for and for a few months now I’ve felt the urge to get back out and capture some wildlife images. Recently while doing some woodland photography I was visited regularly throughout the day by a Robin (watch the video here). The Robin is a beautiful small bird with its vibrant red breast and seeing one up close that day inspired me to return with a suitable lens to try and capture one out in nature in the woodland. That lens is the Sigma 150-600 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary (affiliate link to lens on Amazon) which I use on my Canon 5D Mark IV. I really like this lens, the only drawbacks for me being the size and weight but it’s certainly manageable. I made a video which you can watch here and in it I show a number of wildlife images I’ve captured over the years, and also the images I captured that day of a Robin. I also discuss why I switched to the Sigma lens when I previously had the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM lens (Amazon affiliate link).
Landscape photography can often be as much about the journey as the images we capture. Recently I headed off hoping to capture an image of snow covered mountains which involved a difficult walk and a steep ascent through hills and mountains. Although cold, the weather at ground level was pleasant for the time of year, but as I climbed higher I was met with increasingly strong winds and a temperature which was rapidly dropping. At the top of my climb the wind was so strong that I struggled to walk and it was impossible to steady my tripod enough to capture the image that I wanted. I had to settle for a different composition and faced a real challenge just to capture a sharp image let alone one I was happy with. On this day I didn’t capture one of my best images but I created memories of a day that I won’t forget. You can watch my journey here.
How do you select a paper to print your landscape images on? What factors should be considered when thinking about a paper choice? In my new YouTube video I show the Fotospeed papers I use, I display and discuss a number of my framed images, and I give my thoughts on selecting a fine art paper type. You can watch the video here.
I recently purchased the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens (affiliate link to lens on Amazon https://amzn.to/2UiTwjV) and decided to make a video discussing why I bought this lens and also to review it. I travel to a couple of different locations including up a mountain in tough conditions to test this lens thoroughly. If you want to hear my thoughts on this lens you can watch the video here.
I’m just back from a trip to an ancient woodland where I enjoyed some fulfilling photography but faced challenges in terms of the woodland itself and the weather. I created a video showing my experience and I give some tips and ideas to hopefully help you in your own woodland photography. You can watch the video on my YouTube channel here.
As soon as you begin your journey as a landscape photographer you will start to read and hear about the importance of taking images at golden hour. It can certainly help us capture some wonderful images, but is it the only time of day we can capture our best photographs? That’s what I discuss in my latest YouTube video which you can watch here.
Autumn is here! It's one of my favourite times of the year and it's fantastic for landscape photography. Summer can sometimes be quite difficult but autumn comes with lots of opportunities. I recently spent a day capturing the colours of autumn, you can watch the video on my YouTube channel here.
Balance is a very important part of creating a nice image - get it wrong and the image just won't feel right to the viewer. I give some tips on this in my recent video which you can watch here. Also, would you like the chance to get a free print of an image such as the one below? I'm running a giveaway of two free prints, the details of how to enter are in the video.
One of the things I love about taking images is having the opportunity to convey a certain mood and atmosphere and have the viewer feel something as they look at an image. Atmospheric images can leave a lasting impression. I give my thoughts on how to achieve this in my video which can be found here.
I've just released a video in which I climb high in the hills and mountains of Scotland and capture three images around sunset. I discuss the importance of preparation and taking your time when capturing landscape images to give yourself the best chance of success. You can watch my video here.
I've been on a few trips recently in various places across Scotland and I have vlogs from some of these on my YouTube channel. I always enjoy looking for unique images and I talk about that in one of my videos, I also have a couple of woodland photography videos posted. I really enjoy woodland photography and the search for interesting compositions. You can watch my latest video here and I've included a couple of images from recent videos below.
I've created a video which gives a brief behind the scenes look at what goes into the production of my printed images, from the moment of capture until print. I feel that printing is a very important step in the process of creating images. It is extremely satisfying to see an image you have captured, processed and printed finally displayed on your wall. You can watch the video here.
In recent weeks I have been at the coast hoping to capture some seascapes. In one of those trips I faced changeable conditions and ending up returning to the same location twice, you can watch that video here. In my second trip I headed out to another location in the hope of capturing some sunset images with wonderful colour in the sky. I was fortunate enough to witness an amazing sunset with wonderful colour, that video is available here.