Why would I pick the island of the Falklands to do a photo gallery of? An island is an island and all islands in the ocean have something worth visiting, don’t they? This island is unique, if you look at the map above. You will find it is the one of the last islands that you see before you get to Antarctica. So, is is a cold island? Answer: Yes. Is it pretty? Answer: In spots. Is it worth taking my camera there and making it a photographic destination? Answer: Yes. And the reason why is because no one thinks it has anything worth taking pictures of, and they are wrong. In this blog today, I am going to show you that it has some beautiful scenery and rare animal life there, worthy of a special trip. I often think that with the right photographer, this place could be a gold mine for some one. So, let’s take a look at what we have so far:
The Falkland Islands (/ˈfɔːlklənd/; Spanish: Islas Malvinas, pronounced [ˈislas malˈβinas]) is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles (483 kilometres) east of South America‘s southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 square kilometres), comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the United Kingdom takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The Falkland Islands’ capital is Stanley on East Falkland.
Controversy exists over the Falklands’ discovery and subsequent colonisation by Europeans. At various times, the islands have had French, British, Spanish, and Argentine settlements. Britain reasserted its rule in 1833, although Argentina maintains its claim to the islands. In April 1982, Argentine forces temporarily occupied the islands. British administration was restored two months later at the end of the Falklands War. Most Falklanders favour the archipelago remaining a UK overseas territory, but its sovereignty status is part of an ongoing dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom.
The population (2,932 inhabitants in 2012)[A] primarily consists of native-born Falkland Islanders, the majority of British descent. Other ethnicities include French, Gibraltarian and Scandinavian. Immigration from the United Kingdom, the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, and Chile has reversed a population decline. The predominant (and official) language is English. Under the British Nationality (Falkland Islands) Act 1983, Falkland Islanders are British citizens.
The islands lie on the boundary of the subantarctic oceanic and tundra climate zones, and both major islands have mountain ranges reaching 2,300 feet (700 m). They are home to large bird populations, although many no longer breed on the main islands because of competition from introduced species. Major economic activities include fishing, tourism and sheep farming, with an emphasis on high-quality wool exports. Oil exploration, licensed by the Falkland Islands Government, remains controversial as a result of maritime disputes with Argentina.
The Falkland Islands. For more information about travel and learning about the Falkland Islands, go to their main travel website: https://www.falklandislands.com/
Results will be published next Wednesday, July 4th, 2018.
If you want to learn to master your camera as fast as possible, I have some good news and some bad news. Yesterday, I mentioned in my blog, that you need to master your skills of your camera so that when you use your camera you are so comfortable about using your camera manually, that it becomes easy for you.
First, the bad news. Like any other skill, mastering your camera may seem hard at first, but with practice, study, and experience, it is easy. Shooting with your camera on manual will become second nature to you. And you will notice a dramatic improvement in your work.
Keep in mind that the camera’s automatic settings are primarily designed to get you a shot that is free of camera shake with the shutter speed and a “middle of the road” exposure.
Your camera is a machine, it is not creative and none of the auto settings are designed to get a creative, stunning shot. They are designed to get one that is OK.
If that is good enough for you, stop reading now and go enjoy the rest of your life. If that is not good enough, and you want your friends and family to look at your photos and say, “WOW! You did that?” Keep going!
Your first step to total camera mastery is to take your camera OFF of auto mode and vow to never put it back.
Your second step is to practice! You can’t master the concepts of photography by reading about them. You have to actually get your camera out of the bag and shoot!
Back in the ancient days of film, I once heard a saying,
“You need to shoot 1,000 rolls of film—on one subject—to be considered a master of that subject.”
That’s a paraphrase, and it’s clearly from the era of film rather than digital, but the concept remains the same. You have to shoot! You just don’t have to pay for all that film and processing.
With the darkroom and processing lab taken out of the equation, we should be seeing a mastery of photography unprecedented in history; unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Instead of using our newfound freedom to learn how to shoot stunning photos, the vast majority of us are in the “spray and pray” mindset. In other words, rather than learning how to make a great photo, we just shoot hundreds and hundreds of snapshots on the off chance that one of them will “turn out” and will be a good one. (More professionals shoot this way than you may think!)
Then we spend hour after hour in Photoshop, trying to salvage something. Did you get into photography to create great photos? Or did you get into photography to spend hundreds of hours learning Photoshop?
At the same time, while practice makes perfect, it has to be perfect practice. You can’t just set up your camera and rapid fire 36,000 shots and call yourself an expert. You need to make each and every shot the best one you can.
Set up a still life and shoot an image. Study the result. How can you make it better? Find three ways to improve and try it again. And keep going. You will be surprised at how much fun it is and how fast you will improve.
Here’s the really good news: Since there is no processing lag time between shooting and studying the results, you will learn much faster than the old 1,000 rolls of film rule! But, take the time to study each shot on a computer screen, on a bigger screen than your camera screen so you can see the differences big, and then see how you changed it each time, and then see which one you liked better. Did you improve it each time? Would you shoot more than 3 times to get the perfect photo? That is what we are talking about. Do it with several items.
Now, take a second type of subject like a scenery shot, and do the same thing? 3 different shots of the same thing. What would you do different? Take the time between each photo until you find one you like. Is the composition different each time? Work on that as well in your scenery photo.
With digital photography, each shot gives you immediate gratification and potential for improvement. In the old days of film, you didn’t know if something was working or not until you shot an entire roll of film. And waited a few days to get the film back from the lab. With immediate access, who knows what the new rule is… 1,000 shots? 500?
The photo project for today is to get your camera out of the camera bag, turn off the automatic settings, and really learn the rules to master your camera. Your photography will improve fast!
About the Author:
Dan Eitreim writes for ontargetphototraining.com. He has been a professional photographer in Southern California for over 20 years. His philosophy is that learning photography is easy if you know a few tried and true strategies. Some additional comments were added to his instructions by Lanny Cottrell from 123PhotoGo.