The reason why I’ve decided to write this post about gift ideas for photographers is simple – I got angry. Not like grizzly bear angry but you know – a bit poked. As Christmas is getting closer, suddenly tons of Pinterest pins titled like “Amazing gift ideas for photographers” are being smashed right into my face. And most of them are actually quite ridiculous.
Instagram, the social network of the day? Whoa, crazy, right? The ultimate goal of many photographers? Yeah, I kind of gave up. Not entirely. I will still keep my Instagram profile and I will post an image from my travels every now and then. But the enthusiasm wore off. It’s just not fun. In fact, it has become rather annoying. (more…)
Having the chance to visit Deadvlei and Sossusvlei and photographing it counts to the greatest moments of my travel life. And the most surreal ones. Not without a good reason is Deadvlei sometimes referred to as the 8th world wonder or a place to see before you die. You may be wondering – what is Deadvlei and why is it so cool? (more…)
Why do my images look so blurry?
How do I take sharper photos?
Ever asked yourself these questions? I have. And I still do! Getting my own images sharp is and always will be a challenge. It is a neverending, almost Sisyphus-like struggle between a man and his tool. Sharpness in your photography is one of the factors that will decide whether it’s going to be a hero or zero. Dramatic enough? Now, let’s get cracking and see what you can do to increase the sharpness of your images!(more…)
Selfies!!!! This time something completely different. Within this Conversation Alley with Brooke and Dali, we will discuss both the psychology behind them in general, and then the truth behind the lens, if you will, with regards to those who take selfies in particular locales in which they misrepresent either the locale, themselves, or both. (more…)
People often tend to think that creating a great landscape photograph is a question of expensive gear and visiting stunning places. That if you have resources to combine these two things, award-winning images will automatically magic themselves into the camera.
But the creation of a good image is actually hard work. Yes, pressing the shutter is involved at some point but there is so much more than that! In fact, it is the entire process that I love about landscape photography.
The time I spend outside, trying to understand the place, and doing all the non-photography pre-work. That’s what really counts and hopefully transfers into the eventual outcome — your image.
This is no perfect workflow, no secret key to creating an amazing photograph but rather a set of things I learned to do on a photography location. Things that might help you develop your own on-location process.(more…)
Those who read my blog regularly or downloaded my free ebook about improving your photography will know that I do not particularly enjoy crowds. I’m also the solely and therefore the biggest supporter of my own theory called “decentralized tourism”. What it means is going not only to places that are notoriously known and infinitely repeated on social media but also get off the beaten path a bit, do some old-school research and explore new locations. (more…)
I thought it might be useful and interesting for some of you to see what kind of gear I use in my photography. Because come on, we all love the smell of gear and enjoy working with it, looking at it, snuffing it and patting it gently on its back, when it’s sad.
Enough said, here’s a list of what I carry around. Also, feel free to comment, I love gear talks! 🙂