Lenses for Landscapes

Aside from the common 24/28mm wide angle, the 50mm lens is next up as a favourite for landscape photography . A distant scene will still make a good composition if you frame it correctly. You may not be able to get right up close to include a strong foreground feature and so this focal length will allow you to draw the scene in. Successful landscapes are all about composition and fitting the widest lens in your arsenal is not always the answer to successful pictures. Tight framing and knowing what is negative space or just distracting from the main scene, is as important to your technique.

Loch Leven, Highlands, Scotland

Loch Leven, Highlands, Scotland.  Canon 5D MKII, 50mm.

This focal length is very easy to work with, as it offers the same field of view as we see with our eyes and so it should feel very natural to compose with. If you need to compress the elements within the scene slightly, then this focal length will allow this too. Sometimes the landscape isn’t perfectly placed for you and there can be too much distance between the foreground rock and tree in the mid-ground. A 24 mm will only exaggerate this and spoil the harmony of the composition, A 50mm however, will compress the scene slightly and make the two elements appear closer together than they actually are, allowing for a tighter view.

You can read more about the ideal focal lengths for landscape photography in my eGuide ‘Lenses for Landscapes‘, available as part of an e6 subscription or to purchase separately. www.e6subscription.co.uk

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It’s all in a Quote – part 3

More famous quotes…

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it”. – Ansel Adams (Influential American landscape photographer)

This quotes echoes the words of Arnold Newman and highlights that it is the photographer that is important, not the camera. A top-end camera can give you first class results, but without a creative operator, its a mere complex machine in the wrong hands. The camera is merely a tool. It captures the subjects you point it at, but as it can’t see those subjects for you, it can’t pick and chose the light, the composition or what to include or exclude in the frame. It can’t act on emotion and it doesn’t see, hear or smell. Continue reading

Guest Post on Steve Huff Photos website

Steve Huff is quite a figure in the internet world of photography and his site (which he himself describes as ‘a site for digital photo nuts made by a digital photo nut’), reviews and promotes the world of mirrorless cameras.

So, I’m pleased to have written a Guest Post on his site about my own path into mirrorless cameras and you can read it here.

Do check out his site in general too, especially if you are considering buying a mirrorless camera, as it’s a great resource for reviews and opinions from all types of photographers shooting with these cameras.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/

It’s all in a Quote- part 1

A quote can be a very powerful thing. Some of the most inspiring words have come from quotes made by high profile and influential people, who in a few words sum up their work, their life, ambitions or philosophy on life. Photography has been blessed with some remarkable and very talented individuals who have perfected their craft in their own field. And just like great leaders or activists, who have dedicated their life to a cause, these photographers have left some profound words in a quote that summarise their life, works and what they have spent their entire career they to achieve. Their quotes can often be thought provoking and to many, can give the inspiration they desire to capture the images they seek from their photography. Continue reading

Guest post on Mirrorlessons

For those interested in mirrorless cameras and perhaps my route into the Olympus OMD system, you may be interested to read my Guest Post on the MirrorLessons website.

This is a superb website deciated to all things mirrorless and here I talk about my Olympus system, why I love the cameras so much and a bit about my photography and courses in general.

Click here to view the post

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London 2 Day Photo Challenge

My latest vlogs on my YouTube Channel see me shoot three different areas of London in two days. I start off on day one, photographing the Shard from various angles and viewpoints. On day two, I move along to St Paul’s and the City to shoot the cathedral from some new angles and get creative with the modern skyscrapers of the financial hub of the capital. Continue reading

YouTube Channel

If you don’t already know, I have my own channel on Youtube. Here I upload vlogs (video blogs) of me shooting various locations and covering a variety of techniques. There are currently four videos online, with many more ready to upload or in the pipeline to film and record.

I also film vlogs exclusive for subscribers to my e6 subscription service. These videos are available to subscribers, along with my eGuides and eBooks and there is also discount available to my City Photo Walks and Online Photography Courses as part of the yearly fee. Continue reading

New Technique Guides available

Two new Technique Guides have been added as part of the e6 Subscription.

Mirrorless Advantage

The new range of mirrorless cameras or CSC’s are making the news recently and these are promising to offer the potential buyer an alternative to the traditional SLR. This new guide looks at the advantages (and disadvantages) of these camera systems and may help you decide whether they are the right camera for you. Continue reading