Landscape photography can be a troublesome hobby thanks to its reliance on the weather, but we photographers don’t make our lives any easier some times. Here are ten home truths I’ve picked up along the way to photographic enlightenment.
In an era when everyone totes a high performance point and shoot camera with them, handily incorporated into a global telecommunications device/pocket super-computer, the photographic image is everywhere, all the time. It fills up our social media feeds, it dominates our social interactions (parties, dates, weddings etc), it is omnipresent in all parts of our lives […]
It’s the winter school holidays here and my family and I decided to take a bit of time-out in one of our neighbouring regions. I’ve explored a fair bit of Far South Coast NSW, but only on day trips and it’s of course a lot easier to photograph sunrises and sunsets when you don’t face […]
I’ve been taking photographs for a while now. I first got the bug when I was about 10 years old and took shots on a dinky little Kodak Instamatic that chewed through rolls of 126 film. When I was a teenager I started developing and printing my own black and white photos in the family […]
Let me start this article by saying that it’s just a light-hearted dig in the ribs, not a serious academic article on originality. Hell, take a look through my portfolio and you’ll find my fair share of cliched photographs in there – I photograph sunrises and sunsets which are not the most original subject matter […]
The hobby of photography has rarely been more popular than it is right now. Thanks to the digital camera and, more recently, to the smartphone, more and more people are taking more and more photographs. The snapshot’s never been more popular either, but that’s not what’s under discussion here – we’re talking about photographs – […]
About two years ago I created a Facebook page specifically for my landscape photography – I did so for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I’m a keen hobbyist photographer and I realised that I was just going to piss of my friends if I uploaded all my photos to my own timeline – it would […]
I’ve met some great people when I’m out and about taking photos. We’ve had congenial chats about the landscape we’re photographing or the cameras and lenses we use. We’ve shared tips on the best places to go and the best times to go there. We’ve shown each other a modicum of civility because we’re nice […]
Enjoyed this awesome video featuring veteran street photographer John Free. He specialises in street and social photography but the points he makes are applicable to all forms of photography.
The first big storm of the winter hit the NSW coast today. Some truly massive waves pounded the coastline and made the Kiama Blowhole sing. I found a good spot upwind of the spray and took some shots as mother nature reminded us who’s boss.
I took this photo last night and uploaded it to my Facebook page this morning. Thanks mainly to the guys at Higgins Storm Chasing who kindly shared it, it got a large number of comments, like and shares. Lots of people have asked about the processes behind this photo so I thought I’d do a little […]
Update July 2014: So the answer to the question posed above is ‘no’ – 1x.com is not the serious photographers last best hope. Feel free to read the original article (when I was full of hope!) and the comments posted by others who’ve used the site, but the general consensus is that while 1x.com might […]
During Friday and Saturday an intense storm formed off the east coast of Australia and started tracking south from Queensland, through the border to New South Wales and on further down the coast. Nothing unusual about that – east coast lows are a regular occurrence in this part of the world. However this storm was destined to […]
An interesting article over at Outdoor Photographer about post-processing of images. This subject comes up time and again and I think, for the most part, that it’s a load of nonsense. If there was a way of accurately recording a scene such that it was a perfect facsimile of the landscape in front of the lens, then […]
So I read an article called 10 Ways to Improve as a Photographer. I didn’t think it was a very good article (to say the least) so I won’t link to it, but it did get me thinking. I think all of us who engage in any form of creative activity are on a learning […]
There are lots of different kinds of photographers and we’re all motivated by different things, but one thing that most of us have in common is the desire to improve. Whether we’re influenced by the work produced by others or simply by our own inner voices, there is usually a basic need to get better, […]
I saw a heated debate on Reddit the other day about the nature of photography and how it applies to the Instagram generation. There was of course much to-and-fro on either side of the argument, but the general consensus seemed to be that if you took photos then you were a photographer. End of. During […]
It’s been interesting reading the feedback to my article on why I let my subscription on 500px lapse. Out of interest I had a look at the site this morning and was heartened to see some terrific photography on the first few pages of the Popular section. However the V+F brigade had still made their […]