Showing posts with label Photography tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography tips. Show all posts

Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

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Road to mountains, Glencoe

When people learn I’m a travel photographer, I am always asked for my advice on how they can improve their photos. And what camera I use. But mostly, how to improve their pictures.

The truth is, who doesn’t want to take better pictures? Be they of friends and family, shots from your travels, images to share on social media – everyone loves great photos, and everyone would love to be able to take better photos.

Personally, I don’t think photography is a particularly difficult thing. I think photography is a subject that everyone can learn. I also think that is is one that takes time, effort and persistence. There aren’t really any shortcuts, and you have to have a real passion for it. But really, anyone can learn how to take photos like this:

How to Rock at Travel Photography

Road to mountains, Glencoe

When people learn I’m a travel photographer, I am always asked for my advice on how they can improve their photos. And what camera I use. But mostly, how to improve their pictures.

The truth is, who doesn’t want to take better pictures? Be they of friends and family, shots from your travels, images to share on social media – everyone loves great photos, and everyone would love to be able to take better photos.

Personally, I don’t think photography is a particularly difficult thing. I think photography is a subject that everyone can learn. I also think that is is one that takes time, effort and persistence. There aren’t really any shortcuts, and you have to have a real passion for it. But really, anyone can learn how to take photos like this:

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reasons you need a tripod for photography VEO above Florence

I’m often asked what photography gear I use for my photos. I’m asked so much in fact, that I put together a whole page on this site, dedicated to answering just that question!

One piece of photography equipment that I highly recommend is a tripod. In today’s post, I want to explain exactly why that is, so you can understand the benefits to your photography of lugging around an extra bit of kit. Let’s get on with answering the question:

Why You Need A Tripod For Photography

11 Reasons Why You Need A Tripod for Awesome Photographs

reasons you need a tripod for photography VEO above Florence

I’m often asked what photography gear I use for my photos. I’m asked so much in fact, that I put together a whole page on this site, dedicated to answering just that question!

One piece of photography equipment that I highly recommend is a tripod. In today’s post, I want to explain exactly why that is, so you can understand the benefits to your photography of lugging around an extra bit of kit. Let’s get on with answering the question:

Why You Need A Tripod For Photography

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Alpine lake reflection scaled

As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

Three Tips For Taking Better Landscape Photos

Alpine lake reflection scaled

As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

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camera at sunset

I often get asked what camera gear I use to take pictures. Obviously, a camera is no good without a photographer, but the opposite is also true!

I’ve been shooting with Canon SLR’s since I was around 12 years old, with the venerable film AE-1. It’s still in the attic actually. Maybe one day when I have a burst of nostalgia for shooting film, I’ll dust it off and bring it down. In the meantime, this is what I'm currently packing. Note that links are all to Amazon, and I get a referral fee if you go ahead and buy from them – keeping us on the road just that little bit longer!

My Travel Photography Gear

camera at sunset

I often get asked what camera gear I use to take pictures. Obviously, a camera is no good without a photographer, but the opposite is also true!

I’ve been shooting with Canon SLR’s since I was around 12 years old, with the venerable film AE-1. It’s still in the attic actually. Maybe one day when I have a burst of nostalgia for shooting film, I’ll dust it off and bring it down. In the meantime, this is what I'm currently packing. Note that links are all to Amazon, and I get a referral fee if you go ahead and buy from them – keeping us on the road just that little bit longer!

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Night time star trails - Western Australia - Australia

Beyond the articles I’ve written on this blog about photography, I’ve also contributed to a number of third party sites, particularly travel and tech site Too Many Adapters, on the subject of travel photography.

Here is a list of all the articles I’ve written for other sites, which you might find useful for understanding more about this topic.

Photography Tips: 9 Posts–from Star Trails to Depth of Field and everything in between!

Night time star trails - Western Australia - Australia

Beyond the articles I’ve written on this blog about photography, I’ve also contributed to a number of third party sites, particularly travel and tech site Too Many Adapters, on the subject of travel photography.

Here is a list of all the articles I’ve written for other sites, which you might find useful for understanding more about this topic.

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Laurence dreamland

For many people, the decision to move up to an SLR camera is the point where they start to take their photography a little bit more seriously. Certainly, many point and shoot cameras are capable of taking excellent shots, but for the best results, an SLR is usually the way to go.

In this article I will be providing an overview of the things you should know before committing to purchasing an SLR camera. I will take you through some of the jargon you are likely to encounter as well as the advantages (and disadvantages) of one of these cameras.

Photography tips – An SLR primer

Laurence dreamland

For many people, the decision to move up to an SLR camera is the point where they start to take their photography a little bit more seriously. Certainly, many point and shoot cameras are capable of taking excellent shots, but for the best results, an SLR is usually the way to go.

In this article I will be providing an overview of the things you should know before committing to purchasing an SLR camera. I will take you through some of the jargon you are likely to encounter as well as the advantages (and disadvantages) of one of these cameras.

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Mount Taranaki-001

Today’s post on photography is the fourth in a series I have done sharing tips about photography.. Thus far I have covered a number of topics, including depth of field, composition techniques and thoughts on filters and digital editing of your files.

Whilst every article can be read on its own, I’d recommend you give the others a look through if these are topics that interest you.

Today I’m going to cover more topics, namely the subject of lenses, thoughts on useful accessories for your photography, as well as a couple of other tips that I have found useful for learning more about the art. Enjoy!

Photography tips – lenses, accessories etc

Mount Taranaki-001

Today’s post on photography is the fourth in a series I have done sharing tips about photography.. Thus far I have covered a number of topics, including depth of field, composition techniques and thoughts on filters and digital editing of your files.

Whilst every article can be read on its own, I’d recommend you give the others a look through if these are topics that interest you.

Today I’m going to cover more topics, namely the subject of lenses, thoughts on useful accessories for your photography, as well as a couple of other tips that I have found useful for learning more about the art. Enjoy!

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Polarised image example

Today in my ongoing series on photography tips, which have thus far covered depth of field and composition, I will be looking at two topics - filters and digital manipulation of your images.

Both of these, used as with everything, in moderation, can be of tremendous use to a photographer.

Hopefully you will find something in here that helps you to improve your photography, or gives you some ideas that may be helpful for your shots.

Photography tips – filters and editing

Polarised image example

Today in my ongoing series on photography tips, which have thus far covered depth of field and composition, I will be looking at two topics - filters and digital manipulation of your images.

Both of these, used as with everything, in moderation, can be of tremendous use to a photographer.

Hopefully you will find something in here that helps you to improve your photography, or gives you some ideas that may be helpful for your shots.

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Clouds over Mount Bogong - squareIn this article I will discuss some thoughts on shot composition, and specifically considerations on the rule of thirds, focus, subject placement and framing.

Whilst there is no one way that you can make your pictures stand out, there are a few basic rules of thumb that you can think about when composing a shot that may improve your image.

As with most skills though, practice is the key! Enough introduction, lets get on with the article.

Photography tips – composition

Clouds over Mount Bogong - squareIn this article I will discuss some thoughts on shot composition, and specifically considerations on the rule of thirds, focus, subject placement and framing.

Whilst there is no one way that you can make your pictures stand out, there are a few basic rules of thumb that you can think about when composing a shot that may improve your image.

As with most skills though, practice is the key! Enough introduction, lets get on with the article.

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Today I’m going to do something a little bit different, and share some basic photography tips. If folks like this idea, I may expand it into a recurring theme. I’m going to tackle a useful subject when it comes to photography, that being depth of field and how to manipulate this when taking pictures to get the results you want.

The first question of course, is what is depth of field? Put simply, it’s all about how much of the shot you are taking is in focus. The best way to demonstrate what I mean is with a couple of photographs.

Photography tips – depth of field

Today I’m going to do something a little bit different, and share some basic photography tips. If folks like this idea, I may expand it into a recurring theme. I’m going to tackle a useful subject when it comes to photography, that being depth of field and how to manipulate this when taking pictures to get the results you want.

The first question of course, is what is depth of field? Put simply, it’s all about how much of the shot you are taking is in focus. The best way to demonstrate what I mean is with a couple of photographs.

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