Street photography is a genre that is gaining in popularity, but, there are certainly certain rules that you need to be aware of. Plus, understanding what type of equipment you will need is big key to street photography:
Here is an amazing video of what is needed in becoming a great street photographer. Please watch closely:
Street photography is undoubtedly one of the most popular genres of photography, mostly because you don’t have to go very far to find subjects. However, don’t make the mistake of believing street photography is simply photographing people on the street—the genre is much deeper than that. If you’re looking to getting started with street photography, the following video by photographer Jonathan Paragas is a must-watch. He shares tips and tricks for street photography that are equally useful for beginner and advanced street photographers:
A great thing about street photography is that you don’t need a lot of gear. Just a camera body and lens, or even a smartphone will suffice. Don’t let heavy gear drag you down; remember, you’ll be walking quite a lot when taking street photos. And instead of spending too much money on gear, invest it in traveling. You’ll get to shoot in new locations, photograph different people and achieve a greater variety in your portfolio.
“No matter what lens or camera combination you’re shooting, when it comes to street photography, you have to remember that less is more.”
It’s not easy going out with a camera and photographing strangers. You need to be confident. Otherwise, you’ll be shying away from a lot of photo opportunities. For beginner street photographers, Paragas suggests going out with other photographer friends. This way you will also be mistaken for tourists, which will make taking photos much easier.
Finally, go through street photography books and the works of other street photographers. You’ll get a sense of what subjects to look out for and how to shoot them. Their work will also help you develop a vision and an eye for street photography.
I have a friend street photographer in France that takes incredible photos. Here are just a few:
What does it really take to be a good photographer?
So you want to pursue a career in photography? What will it really take to be a good photographer? Can I ever sell photos? Are they good enough to sell? What is the real key to becoming a good photographer?
So many questions to think about if you want to become a good photographer. Let me go over some things that happen to people that want to get started in photography, and what to avoid:
You took, what you thought, was a good photo. Is it good”?
The biggest trap you will run into is getting advice from someone who is not a good photographer. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings in this tutorial, but, when someone says “that photo is amazing! You should be a photographer”. Really? How do they know anything about photography? That person may not know anything about photography. Are they an expert? Bag that idea that your “good photo” is a “good photo”.
Learn to study photographer’s photos.
First, before you get all excited, and call yourself a professional photographer, you need to really study what makes a great photo, a really great photo. Where is the best place to see amazing photos? INSTAGRAM ! This is where great photographers post their photos, in hopes to get their name out there. But, if just anyone posts their everyday photos, you won’t get noticed on Instagram until you have perfected your skills.
Where is the best place to learn photography?
As long as I have been a photographer, here are the places I like to go, to see “good” photos, and to study them. And along with this list, here are places to go to get the “Proper” instruction on photography:
A website that you can go to that provides FREE instruction on photography. Who would do that? That’s crazy that photographers are willing to give of their talents to help people become good photographer!
INSTAGRAM. Because professional photographers post their photos on Instagram, that is one place to see good photos. I think you may run into people trying to sell their “photo courses” and make some money that way, but, really, you can do this by studying these photos you find on INSTAGRAM.
www.123photogo.com This website has over 1500 articles on photography, ranging all the way from basic instructions on how to work your camera, to posing techniques, rules of composition, etc.
www.picturecorrect.com This is another website that has been around a long time and publishes some training on photography every day. All the way from beginning photographer to the advanced photographer. A great website.
www.digital-photography-school.com Another place to learn photography. They have a bunch of good photographers that have become the tutors of photography courses. A great place to learn, with amazing photos.
Of course there are websites that you can go to, that will charge you money to learn photography. They are all good. The choice is yours if you want to spend some money. I went on google and typed in “free Photo courses”, and it still brought up places that want you to buy their courses.
There are probably several other websites that are good, and dedicated to the person learning photography, but, these I know to be good.
Next step: be willing to have your photos criticized by a photographer, not your friend.
I recently saw some photos from someone who is attempting to teach photography, but, doesn’t really take good photos himself. And his skills don’t prove he should be doing this. Can you take honest criticism? If you can do that, you are going to make great strides in your success.
Find the type of photography you like and seem to succeed in.
Are you good with landscapes?
I love a photographer who makes ordinary landscapes gorgeous. How do they do it? First of all, just so you know, there are more photographers taking landscape photos than any other type of photography. So, you really have to learn from the pros to be good.
Are you good with portraits?
Portraits is where good photographers make money. They bring out the best in people by the way they take a person’s photo. That is an art, and needs to be studied well.
Good close-up photography, or macro photography is more than just snapping photos of bugs and flowers. Study that one through so you can have amazing photos.
Good sports photography is tougher than you think. Have you ever noticed the photographers down on the football field with their cameras? Any idea of how much those lenses cost?
There are many other types of photography. These seem to be the more popular. Once you find the niche you want to go after, then learn it well. You will most likely pick up skills along the way that will help you in other types of photography.
Learn how to “see” a photo:
If you were to just walk down the street, how many things could you see to take pictures of?
Once you know and learn the basic rules of photography, you can walk down your own street and really “see” a photo. But, if you don’t know the rules of photography, you will miss it.
It’s ok to ask for criticism about your photos. How will you learn? And also, practice, practice and learn the rules of photography. I have heard it said that you won’t be good at photography until you shoot 10,000 photos.
Do you personally have a question about photography? I have a “Question” E-mail to help photographers. If I don’t know the answer, I will find it for you. If you have a question about photography, go to: www.question.123photogo.com
I hope you don’t think that this is some boring topic. I know that some of you don’t set goals, but, in your photography world, isn’t there this one goal you want to achieve:
I WANT TO BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER !
Even professional photographers are always trying to improve their photography. And if you like photography in any way, then this is something to read.
Let’s take a look at some things that you can do, and even we can do to help you become a better photographer. Let’s look at these questions:
1- I want to learn more about macro photography
2- I want to be a pro at composition.
3- I want to start taking professional looking portraits
4- I want to learn how to run my settings on my camera better.
5- I would like to have personal training from a real professional photographer.
6- I just need someone to keep my motivated to take photos.
7- I need some help just finding things to photograph at any time of day or any day.
8- I want to start making money with my photography.
9- Can I find someone who can critique my photos and let me know if they are good enough to sell.
10- I would like to find some way to teach photography as well, on a blog format or video format.
With all these ideas I know are going through some people’s heads, I want to see how I can help as a blog (or vlog) producer. And here are some things I want to do different in 2021:
1- Have an open line for questions on how to do certain photographs.
2- If you are set up to maybe learn on a certain day, I can set aside a certain day just for certain subjects (such as: how to take macro photos, how to learn composition better, how to learn my camera settings, etc.)
3- Get some help from outside sources to help us all learn about photography. There are hundreds of photographers who are out there, who are willing to help people with photography.
4- Find special ways to stay motivated in your photography. Want to go take pictures with me? Perhaps we can connect our phones and I will go walking with you.
5- I will try to improve the “Photos of the Week” to show how these photos were taken.
If you have followed this blog site for a while, you will know that I love taking photos in the fog. The mood that it creates is unique, and besides, other people seem to like these photos too. Some parts of the country, during the cold winter air, there is fog almost every day. But, keep in mind that fog is damp, and you do have to take extra care of your camera. And also remember, that generally, this time of year if you have fog or mist, it is usually cold outside. Also remember that batteries don’t last as long in the cold, so, bring some spare batteries.
I also found a photographer that has written a great article about the important tips of shooting in the fog. Photographer Max Therry wrote a great article about shooting in the fog and mist. Check this out:
Taking beautiful images of mist and fog can be challenging, but it’s a skill worth learning. Fog and mist usually form during the night and are seen at their best in the early morning as the sun rises. Be prepared to get up early to catch the best shots!
Use Manual Focus
Your autofocus will probably struggle in mist and fog. The reason being that autofocus needs to find differences in contrast to focus, and fog and mist don’t have a lot of contrast. You may struggle to focus on something even in manual—it can help to pre-focus to a set distance, or widen your depth of field by stopping your lens down.
Use a Tripod For Steady Shots
If you want to be certain of sharp images, use a tripod instead of hand-holding your camera. This will also help if you need to use slow shutter speeds, as it will reduce camera shake. You’ll need to be ready to shoot when the sun comes up, so it’s wise to get all your gear set up in plenty of time, and this includes your tripod.
Shoot in RAW Format
Shooting in RAW format is best, not only because you have a far higher resolution image than JPEG, which you can post-process without fear of degrading image quality, but because you can fine-tune your white balance in post-processing. Fog and mist can sometimes mess with your white balance settings, but if you don’t want to shoot in RAW, put your camera’s WB on overcast or cloudy.
Camera metering systems are often confused by mist and fog, as they are with snow, because fog, mist, and snow are reflective. This fools your camera into thinking that there’s more light than there actually is. The resulting images can often be underexposed, with the white of the fog becoming dark and not at all how you saw it! If you are using an auto-exposure mode, try using some exposure compensation; try it around a full stop more to start with, but experiment.
Find a Focal Point
Because fog and mist lower the contrast and warp perspective, you sometimes need something to add a sense of distance or depth in the shot. Try adding leading lines into the image, such as a fence, hedge, wall or road that leads the eye into the photograph. You can also try framing the fog and mist by using natural features such as tree branches in the foreground of your image.
If you focus on objects that are close to you, the resulting shots will create a sense of distance in the image, as the object in the foreground will have more color and contrast. This saturation and contrast will gradually fall off the further away from the camera the objects in the image are.
You can get some great silhouette shots in mist and fog, by working out where the sun is coming up and putting your subject between you and the sun. If you shoot into the rising sun, your subject will be beautifully backlit against the fog.
Light rays in a shot of a foggy day can really make an image magical, by shining down on an object or part of a path or road. These light rays coming through the fog can be from the sun, or from any artificial light source, as long as it’s at an angle to your camera. You must be quick, though, before the sun burns the fog away.
Mist and fog photos are wonderfully atmospheric. They can be either sinister and brooding, or light and beautiful, depending on what you are trying to convey. I hope that this article has at least inspired you to set your alarm, get up early, and go take some mist and fog shots!
About the Author Max Therry‘s passion for photography developed during his time in art school, where he would borrow his friends’ cameras and take photos of everything unusual around him. When this passion gained almost obsession-like traits, he bought his own Sony system and vowed to take as many photos as he could. After about a decade of filling up multiple hard drives, he says it’s time to share his experiences with whoever’s interested.
I have said many times, that some photographers become famous because they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. If you take your camera with you all the time then those odds will be in your favor as well.
Here are some amazing photos that I think you will enjoy. Don’t you wish……..
What cameras capture isn’t always what exists in real life. Drawing different meanings out of images is one thing, but sometimes the photographer can be so skillful that they can make you see things that aren’t even there in the first place. Take, for instance, photographer Nikolay who specializes in long-exposure images. He took the following image of a tree surrounded by fireflies at night, and the image looks absolutely breathtaking. Although, on second glance—are they really fireflies?
Nikolay took the image on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera with the 12-40mm lens at f/4.5 and ISO 200 using the live composite mode in the camera for light painting. For ambient lighting, he used a red LED light. It adds a beautiful vibe to the image while highlighting the textures on the tree trunks and illuminating the fallen leaves. The main highlight of the image, however, has to be the way the tree is surrounded by those little fireflies.
In fact, they aren’t fireflies at all—he used a tiny LED light with the camera in live composite mode to create his own “fireflies”. As a result, everything in the image appears perfectly balanced. The color contrast is also excellent, as the reds and the blues balance each other out really well.
If you’ve ever been to Königssee in Germany, you know why it is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful Alpine lakes. The name literally translates to “King’s Lake”. The picturesque setting, with surrounding mountains and high forests, makes the area very popular with tourists, hikers and—of course—landscape photographers. To get an idea of how beautiful the place really can be, have a look at the following image by Reddit user Ragdoll20:
The photographer took the image on a Fuji X-T2 with a 35mm f/1.4 lens at f/8. While most people wouldn’t think of photographing a landscape with a 35mm on an APS-C camera, there is nothing to complain about in this image. The framing and composition are lovely, and the early morning light adds to the serenity of the landscape.
“A lot of it was nature helping out with the beautiful lighting.”
It’s the light peeking in from behind the hills that elevates this image to the next level. The sun rays passing through the misty air in the early morning adds so much atmosphere to the image. You’d be forgiven if you thought this was some 19th-century landscape painting.
Wouldn’t you love starting your day off with such a magical view?
When it comes to design, Mother Nature can be the best inspiration. This is why many designers study and try to learn from her elegant, efficient or mesmerizing patterns. Looking at nature from different perspectives only amplifies the impact. Have a look at photographer Jay March‘s following image for reference. The braided river system in one of the rivers in Iceland is a real joy to behold:
At first glance, it seems as though this is a long exposure of the river system. However, you may be surprised to learn that the photographer took this image at just 1/30 seconds using a drone. “The river and its fanned streams look this soft from a drone,” March explains.
If you are familiar with this type of braided river system, you might know that they are formed in areas with steep slopes on otherwise flat terrain, and can be due to high sediment amounts in the water. Regardless of how they’re made, they’re beautiful to see, like an alien planet. But the colors, contrast, smoothness and randomness are soothing to the eye.
We all know not to play with fire. But if you’re careful, willing to take a risk and running with a clear idea in your head, you can easily capture some amazing shots. Take, for instance, the following self-portrait that was taken by photographer Kritagya Nayyar. As you can tell, the image is really lit:
Nayyar, an amateur photography, didn’t let a lack of technology hold him back. He used a Sony A7RIV with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens—and the help of his father.
“I set up my camera on a tripod and asked my dad to press the shutter button continuously as I burned the newspaper. The fire looks this intense as the wind was strong and thus the fire was burning vigorously.”
The fire definitely is the hero in this case. And by the looks of it, you can tell that the newspaper was burning with quite some intensity. However, the calmness on Nayyar’s face speaks otherwise. The contrast in emotions makes you think about what’s happening in the image.
It’s also worth noting how Nayar used the fire as a light source as well as a focal point, to illuminate his own face.
The Sea Cliff Bridge in New South Wales, Australia, is popular for the scenic beauty that it presents. It is one of only seven off-shore parallel to coast bridges in the world. If you’ve ever thought of taking a thrilling drive along the ocean shore, this is the perfect place to visit. Photographer Steward Hamilton took this beautiful image of the bridge at sunset:
The image is a 30 second exposure at f/13 and ISO 200 that Hamilton took using his Fujifilm XT20. To ensure that the shot wouldn’t be overexposed, he used a 10 stop ND filter as well.
The most striking feature of this image is definitely the steady light trails. Their colors go well with the moody sunset and bring about a balance between the sky and the ground.
Have you ever been camping in the winter? I mean, really camping—tent, sleeping bag, in the wilderness, under the clear, crisp winter sky, sleeping on snow? Colorado photographer Lars Leber lives for this kind of stuff and frequently hikes the beautiful, natural areas of Colorado to photograph its picturesque landscapes. Here, he captures his typical camping setup in the Lost Creek Wilderness against a stunning winter night sky:
If you’re wondering why Leber didn’t just use one of the cabins in the background, it’s because they are old, abandoned cabins that were built for the Antero and Lost Park Reservoir Company between 1891 and 1913. Instead, he uses his modified Shangri-La shelter and a titanium wood stove. You can see the embers of the fire shooting out of the tent “chimney.”
Leber hiked about four miles from the Goose Creek Trailhead to find this beautiful backdrop. This shot was taken using a single 30-second exposure.
Sometimes, a photographer is lucky enough to be in just the right place at just the right time to capture a once-in-a-lifetime shot. In that respect, professional landscape photographer Marc Adamus is extraordinarily lucky:
Adamus’s portfolio is full of striking, almost otherworldy landscapes like the one above—a perfectly framed combination of sunrise and double rainbow in the background, gnarled, lonely tree in the middle ground, and a splash of complementary-colored wildflowers in the foreground.
Adamus describes his own photographic style as:
“…one best defined by bold, dramatic imagery that stems from my love of unusual weather and getting far off the beaten path.”
As something of a nomad, Adamus travels the world in pursuit of more locations that are off the beaten path. This particular photo was taken in Columbia Hills, Washington.
Paintings that are amazingly done are often compared to photographs. And when photographs turn out well, they’re often compared to paintings. This image from Yosemite Valley taken by photographer Jim Wiltschko on a winter morning is an example of the latter case. The scenery looks so surreal that it’s easy to mistake it for a painting:
Wiltschko took the image using his Sony a7R III with a 28–70mm lens at 33mm. He took three shots and merged them to capture the huge dynamic range.
The composition is quite amazing considering that Wiltschko managed to have the El Capitan rock formation on the left, the Half Done in the middle, and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on the right. Moreover, the fog looks like some kind of magic pouring out from the falls.
Best known for its distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains, open sea, sheltered bays, beaches, and untouched lands, Lofoten in Norway is a place avid travelers love to visit. What’s amazing about this place is how the mountains meet the sea. And this image by landscape photographer Max Rive exactly pictures what we can expect to see in this beautiful archipelago:
Rive captured this image from an interesting perspective. The coastline and the roadway make for great leading lines, forcing you to imagine how it’d feel to drive there.
Have you ever come across something so beautiful that it makes you question reality? Well, believe it or not, there are places on earth that can give you this feeling. Beauty so pristine that the location seems unreal. Take the Oeschinen Lake in Switzerland as an example. The lake and surrounding landscape are so beautiful, it might make you cry. Photographer Christian Scheiffele did an excellent job of photographing the scene in the following image:
The image is a blend of multiple exposures that Scheiffele took to cover the dynamic range in the scene.
“I took a few shots with varying lighting and blended those into a single one. And I took another darker exposure for the sky and blended them together.”
The very first thing you notice when you look at the image is the lake itself. With water so blue, you might question whether that’s its real color. However, those who have visited the place know how blue the lake truly is. It’s so blue that it looks almost unnatural when you’re standing right next to it.
It is also worth pointing out how beautifully Scheiffele has composed the image using layers. The cliff with two trees makes for quite an interesting foreground and provides a beautiful scale. The lake is the jewel of the image, and the mighty mountains in the back compose a majestic background, completing the image.
This image definitely has the potential to leave a lot of nature enthusiasts speechless.
It actually can only be seen perfectly at 11:11, on 11/11 each year:
Dedicated on 11/11/11 at 11:11 Am. The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem Arizona was funded mostly by donations:
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo comprises three distinctive peaks in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy and are one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. Besides being a natural marvel, the place is also a historically important one, because the front line between Italy and Austria during the First World War ran through the Tre Cime peaks. So visitors can still see a number of bunkers, fortifications, tunnels and commemorative plaques around the area. Photographer Alex Armitage took the following image of the peaks during a fine sunset and it is simply spectacular:
The image is a four-second exposure that Armitage took on a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 16-35mm f/4 L lens at 16mm, f/16 and ISO 100. He also used a circular polarizer filter.
The striking feature of the image has to be the amazing colors and depth that he’s captured in the image. The flowers work beautifully as a foreground element and the hiking trail works as a natural leading line, drawing us right toward the peaks. And you can really see the magic that the setting sun casts on the peaks. The golden glow of the sunlit portion of the peaks dramatically contrasts the darker side. This adds a beautiful contrast in the colors.
Also, if you zoom into the image, you can see people the size of ants right near the base of the peaks. This gives a fantastic scale of how big the structure is in reality.
Note: all photos and articles obtained for this blog were from the website: Picture/Correct. These are used here to help promote Picture/Correct and the photographers whose photos were used.
I love to share good videos when they come along. You get the information right from the person, and in this case, a professional photographer. We can all use a little help in our landscape photography, and this will help:
The Internet makes it incredibly easy to learn more photography tips than you could ever use. That said, it’s easy to get overwhelming, especially when applying those tips out in the field. That’s usually because “ideal conditions” in landscape photography rarely exist, and even if they do, the window is often small. Today we have landscape photographer Mark Denney who discusses some on-location tips that have positively impacted his photography over the years:
In theory, we only get to read tips and tricks with these ideal conditions in mind. But when you’re out on location, things can get unpredictable. You need to anticipate, prepare for the moment and, when the moment really does present itself, act on it quickly. Otherwise, the opportunity will be lost.
Watch the video as Denney explains how he works in these scenarios. He talks you through what he looks for when setting up his composition, how he anticipates the conditions to change, why he uses a certain lens and what qualities he looks for in a light when composing a shot. Being able to develop such a thought process is essential because it allows you to put all of your knowledge into practice. Otherwise, all those tips you’ve learned are useless.
It is important that you go out, shoot and put your knowledge to practice in order to be a better photographer. What good is the knowledge if you cannot apply it?
Here is just a couple more great landscape photos: