Getting old as I keep learning!
5 Important tips
1, Never delete any of your photos.
Why not? Although on Photo Safari we do not encourage photographers to delete their photos until they are able
to review it on a big screen, and we would certainly agree that we should
all probably delete less, we thoroughly disagree with the word NEVER.
Never is a very long time. There really
is no need to keep photos of the inside of your bag.
2, The more gear you carry around, the less you will enjoy your photography.
So in other words, all professional photographers hate their jobs? It certainly is hard work to carry a lot of camera equipment around, but to say that it makes everyone miserable is
quite a stretch. Although great photography has nothing to do with the equipment, it does not mean that more equipment is necessarily bad. More equipment is not necessarily good either.
3, Noisy photos are better than blurry ones.
What if you were photographing something moving and want to show the motion through blur?
A sharp noisy photo certainly
wouldn't do it.
4, Never shoot into the sun.
For more than 30 years there has been
a common myth that shooting into the sun might damage your metering system. Now the myth has shifted to damaging your sensor. There is no evidence of this.
If you point your camera at the sun for a long time this may be true, but to take some photos here and there is just not enough to damage your equipment. There are many other reasons you may want to avoid shooting into the sun, but this should not be one of those reasons.
5, Take fewer pictures, after all you don't want to spend all your time editing?
Although we do not believe that you should be shooting indiscriminately, there's little reason why you should shoot fewer frames.
Why risk not getting that shot?
Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets
There are a couple of elements that are worth thinking about when it comes to sunrise and sunset photography – the use of objects, focus, creativity, light metering, and clouds and the weather. Firstly, many photographers recommend finding an object apart from the sun to use in their photo. By having an object, such as a tree, a silhouette of a person, a church spire, or some foreground detail, it adds value to the photo and attracts the eye. Some people may want to try getting tree branches in the picture to frame the sun.
It is important to know when the sun will rise or set. After getting an idea of when the sun will rise or set, it is a good idea to arrive on location early. Arriving early allows people to inspect the surroundings of the scene and understand where would be a good spot to take photos, and props or objects that may create a more vivid photo. For sunrises, the best time for a photo may be in the winter because the days are shorter so people do not have to wake up too early to see the sun rise.
Being creative can be achieved in more ways than one. For example, with the right amount of exposure, one can create different effects for their photo. If the camera has built-in flash, set the exposure to underexpose the background and allow the flash to provide the correct exposure for foreground detail. Foreground detail and a wider aperture can throw the background subtly out of focus with flash to create better exposure for a foreground object. Do not over expose the sky and give emphasis to the sun. Silhouettes of objects can be made by keeping the picture metering with a strong back light source, creating under exposure for front objects. It is also recommended to set the camera to the smallest aperture to give a greater depth of field. To create motion in waves at a beach, some photographers select a half second shutter speed at f/9.5 and rest the camera on some rocks. With composition, it is best to keep the sun up and the sea down. Try to get a scenic view and avoid obstructing objects such as artificial lights (including traffic lights).
Long exposure is best to be used when the sun sets and light is low, particularly at a beach, to give smooth, misty surface depending on the amount of waves, when the sea is part of the picture.
Light clouds or haze can enhance the quality of a photo of the sun. The sky can look dramatic with a haze, while sunlight through the clouds can spark some rich colors in the photo.
Sunrise and sunset times
Most landscape photographers will have a circular polarising filter in their kit bag. There are many uses for filters like this, but for the landscape photographer the two key characteristics are their ability to cut out reflections and nasty glare from a scene and the increased colour intensity, saturation and contrast they create. You’ll really notice the effect in clear blue skies.
Depth of field
Many landscape photographers desire an image that appears sharp throughout the scene, so that elements of foreground interest, such as a rock in the sea, look just as sharp as the distant horizon. This can be achieved relatively easily using the principles of depth of field, whereby the smaller an aperture you use, such as f/22, the greater the area both before and beyond the point of focus also appear to be sharp. This principle can be taken one step further with hyperfocal distance focusing. Generally, when you’re using small apertures you’ll need to compensate with slow shutter speeds, so it is essential to know how to use a tripod.
Man and the landscape
Great landscape photography is not necessarily about hunting out the most picturesque scene, in the most wonderful light and at the most perfect time of day. Indeed, there are many aspects of the world’s landscape that are less glamorous, such as the effects of the traditional island life, and rapidly expanding suburbs that can make a poignant subject for the concerned photographer.
Take a look at the effects of man on the landscape near your home and use them as photographic subjects.