We are all photographers now. We all have cameras in our pockets and this means that we have to have a different perspective in order to get our work noticed.
But what does this actually mean for landscape photographers? This Genre is one of the most subscribed in photography. Youtube is full of videos that just highlight the landscape. In some cases, they are not actually Landscape Photographers in their own right but a wedding, commercial or product photographer that enjoy the landscape at the weekends. Nothing wrong with this but it does make the market a little cramped.
I am looking at a new approach, a different perspective, again in the real world, this is harder than it seems. With all the interest in the landscape, it seems that every angle has been covered by everyone else before I get there. I have 12 books within arms reach and another dozen that are accessible to me in my bookcase. They all end up showing the same images from different people. To some extent even the same locations. I am, again not saying there is anything wrong with this but are we just chasing round in circles? Are we in fact just showing people what they are expecting to see? Not a different perspective but the same one regurgitated?
Good, Bad and Indifferent.
In looking at these images I have found that only the best gets put into books. Some books produced by the likes of Charlie Waite and Joe Cornish only highlight the best. If you want to see bad work you have to look at Instagram. The real problem is how do you define bad work? Well composed but over processed. Not really a photography problem but one that is highlighted by the Youtube experts.
To this list we can add, choice of lens. Focus point. Depth of Field, Where to focus, How to focus. ISO choice, rule of thirds, the golden circle. Now all of these things play a part in a good image. Lets just stop and think. You are on the beach. The sun is going down, and the most spectacular set of reflections comes up on the wet sand. Light as I have mentioned is highly transient. Do you a get all up tight about shutter speeds, aperture and ISO or do you take the best image you can with the given settings. In truth you should have planned this out anyway but the point sticks.
To my mind, at least, none of the so called rules matter. Yes I use the lowest ISO I can, yes my camera is on a tripod, but what happens if I go out without my tripod as I did with the shot above. ISO went up. The shot was important to me. The sun was going down. What do you do?
What other rules do I follow.
I use f8 or 11, I have tried these two out on my favorite lens and these 2 seem to be the sharpest. I focus on the point of interest. What do I want to be sharp in the image and how do I achieve this. I do use filters in the field, as I want the image to be right in camera. When I start the post work I want to work on the best file I can. To be honest I don’t really know about luminosity masks etc. I just try to get the best out of the image and start from there. Makes things easier.
A Different Perspective
In an attempt to move away fom the crowds, I have been, studing books and watching Youtube to see what is happening and what people are showing. Ouside of this I have been doing some other “secret” work that I am not going to tell anyone about. Two watch words in Landscape Photography are planning and research. Research in under way nicely and planning has started. I hope this works, I have bills to pay.
If you want to see Charlie Waites work look HERE
Joe Cornish can be found HERE
I am on Facebook and Instagram but I am not giving you the links because my images are pretty poor in comparison, so enjoy their work.