A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.
– Galen Rowell
This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.
First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.
On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I set out to capture a great waterfall image. The problem is that no one exposure would do the job. I could capture the sky, and the trees were muddy. If I captured the trees, the sky blew out. The Solution Solving this problem was pretty easy. It […]
Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week. First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper. We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls. No matter what your style of shooting or […]
Rich Harrington has a special guest on this week’s show. We catch up with best-selling author Jeff Revell, creator of the Snapshots to Great Shots series. Jeff is specializes in travel, landscape, urban, and nature photography. Rich and Jeff discuss: What matters most when buying a new camera. What are the coolest new features to show up […]
Portrait photographers like David Ziser and Clay Blackmore taught me very early in my career that great portraits are almost always short lit, and that made me happy. Knowing that a simple technique could give me a leg up in making great portraits was music to my ears. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand what that […]
I did a post called – Looking Back – My 12 Favorite Bird Photographs From The Last Decade. It seemed to resonate and some of you asked to see different kinds of shots. It’s been a while since I put much effort into landscape photography so I went back further. Here are my 12 favorite landscape […]
I have done a fair amount of landscape photography. I’ve been from one end of the country to the other and seen many glorious sites worth photographing. These five places however stand out as can’t miss locations…and they’re all located in Washington state. I’ve never been completely shut out at any of these (provided I […]
Sometimes I have to marvel at how lucky I’ve been. Despite the fact that I am not worthy, I’ve been allowed to live a charmed life. I’ve been able to not only visit, but capture lifelong memories at each of the places I am about to share with you. It’s my hope that everyone who […]
Today’s post is a short one but it might be very valuable to you if you take the advice it offers. The next time you go out to shoot a landscape masterpiece don’t forget to turn around. I can’t tell you how many times I went to a location thinking I’d make one picture, setting […]
Guest Photo & Post by Nat Coalson – Follow Nat on Twitter Like HDR, “focus blending” is becoming another popular way for photographers to create digital images that are not possible with a single capture in the camera. Focus blending (or focus stacking) uses multiple captures to achieve great depth of field by creating a […]
As I write this I sit in my hotel just outside the entrance to Zion National Park. At the moment, we’re waiting out a torrential downpour. On the other end of the park it’s snowing – in late May. Who knew? I planned this trip six weeks ago. Of course I had no idea what […]
The American Southwest is the greatest landscape photography spot in the world. That’s a bold title and will cause hundreds to challenge it regardless of the location – but that’s okay because the subhead (which appears in invisible ink) says: In Scott’s opinion… That’s right – it’s just my opinion. But it’s an opinion based […]
It’s photo 101, but many landscape photographers are unaware of it. The horizon tends to look best when it doesn’t split the center of the image. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but unless you can articulate with specificity why you want to do it differently, avoid putting the horizon dead center. You […]
I’ve read one book by Mike Fry called The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite. It is the best guide to Yosemite I’ve ever seen. So I was excited to pick up a copy of Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters. Fry knows this subject well and I wasn’t disappointed. The […]
Photographer: Jake Rajs Publisher: Monacelli Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon From William Henry Jackson to Robert Adams, the American West has been a source of inspiration to photographers. Now, in Carved by Time: Landscapes of the Southwest, Jake Rajs, a photographer who has established his credentials by wonderful photographs of the northeastern part of […]
Guest Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter When I was a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art I attended a class on color and my first assignment was landscape photography. I wasn’t then nor am I now a serious landscape photographer but as a serious student developed a […]
If you’re into landscape photography, don’t forget to look at the direction of the light. Side-lighting is your friend. It brings out texture and richness in an image that you just won’t find anywhere else. I made this image last night while teaching a workshop in the Palouse region of Washington state. Notice how much […]
Author: Rob Sheppard Publisher: Lark Photography Books (Sterling) Review by Conrad J. Obregon I would guess that at some time almost every photographer has tried to make a photograph of a landscape, and that often the results are disappointing. That is probably because, to paraphrase Rob Sheppard, the photographer tried to capture the scenery rather […]
There are lots of things you can do to improve your landscape photography. Here are my five favorites tips. Use A Tripod It forces you to slow down and be more contemplative about your shot. The tripod also has the advantage of stabilizing the camera/lens so you can get a sharp shot. Include A Strong […]
Author: Peter Watson Publisher: Photographers’ Institute Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Most landscape photographers who are serious about their work easily learn how to expose film and focus properly. After that, the difficulty is learning how to arrange the landscape, or more properly, arrange oneself with respect to the landscape, so that a beautiful […]