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.
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.
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.
Woodland photography can be very challenging but I find it really rewarding when I capture a woodland image that I'm proud of. If you struggle with woodland photography my latest video may give you some tips and ideas to help, you can watch it here.
Sunsets at the coast can be so rewarding and so challenging too. The tide is always changing and that makes our compositions change too, then we need to factor in the changing light. The coast is definitely one of my favourite places for landscape photography and I love the challenges it brings. In my most recent vlog I headed out on a beautiful night to try and capture an amazing sunset. You can watch the video here.
In this weeks vlog I discuss the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (affiliate link to the product on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2Wy0FdB). I think this is an excellent lens and offers fantastic value for money, I also find that it works really well for woodland photography. To hear my thoughts on this and see the images I capture with this lens on a recent woodland trip, click here.
My recent landscape photography trips have seen me venture to a woodland and also climb high up in the Cairngorms in Scotland. In my woodland photography vlog I capture some of the finer details of the woodland and a particular scene which I found quite interesting, you can watch that video here. On my trip to the Cairngorms I set off late in the afternoon to climb high up in an attempt to capture the nice evening light as it hit the Cairngorm mountains and surrounding hills and lochs. Watch how I get on and see the images I capture here.
The weather can change significantly in a matter of minutes. I decided to visit the Aberdeenshire coastline one evening as it had been a beautiful day. Not long after I headed out to do some landscape photography the weather changed and the clouds rolled in! I found a couple of scenes I really liked but had a nervous evening waiting to see if the sun would come out from behind the clouds. You can watch what happened here.
On my recent travels around North Scotland I spotted a wonderful expanse of water late one evening. The scenery was beautiful but I wanted to find and compose an image which captured the feel of the location and evening. Although I had some time until sunset the sun was moving quite quickly to hide behind a mountain, when that happened the opportunity to capture an image would be gone. Watch how I get on racing against the sunset here.
Sometimes you can travel a long way and spend all day to take only one image. That’s how landscape photography can go sometimes and I always find it enjoyable regardless of the end result. I recently spent one of my days like this on a tour of North West Scotland. You can watch my vlog and see the image I took here.
I just returned from enjoying a few days landscape photography in the Highlands of Scotland. I was fortunate to be met with some beautiful weather and stunning scenery including snow covered mountains. An important part of landscape photography is enjoying the scenery while on location as much as enjoying the end result in terms of the images you capture. I felt lucky to do both. Some of my trip is available to see here.
Light and composition are essential components of successful photography. In this landscape photography vlog on my YouTube channel I discuss their importance while photographing castle ruins on the North East coast of Scotland. You can watch my video here.
At some point everyone who enjoys landscape photography will encounter a day where the weather is nice then, after heading out, the grey clouds start to appear. This happened to me recently, you can watch how I tackled this situation here.
Tough weather conditions can make landscape photography difficult. I recently ventured out in strong winds to capture some coastal images on a stormy day. As long as you can make sure you are safe, and that your camera equipment is sufficiently protected, tough conditions offer great photographic opportunities. You can see how I got on via my YouTube video here.
It is still possible to take really nice images on a dull day. In overcast conditions I head to the woods and search for compositions which appeal to my eye. The sun appears once and only very briefly but I leave with some nice images which I am happy with. We can’t always be out at sunrise and sunset but you can still capture great images at other times of the day and in less than ideal weather conditions. Watch my journey here.