This Back-to-Basics Photography Exercise can Improve Your Photography – Photography Article

The digital age has made photography easier, cheaper, and more accessible than ever before.  Even people who wouldn’t call themselves “photographers” now carry a camera in their pocket in the form of their cellphone. However, has the ability to snap a picture without skill or knowledge made photography too easy? Even for you reading this article who’ve come to this site to learn more about making better photos – has the ease of making digital photos with modern cameras robbed…

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Get Creative With Natural Frames In Your Photos – Photography Article

Add a sense of place and discovery for your viewers by using elements in the landscape to frame the main subject of your nature images Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published July 17, 2019 For many years, especially in my early photography days, I didn’t give much thought to the relationship between my primary point of focus and its surroundings. In most cases, it never had much of an impact (or at least I don’t think it did). However,…

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Make A Wide Shot With A Tele Lens – Photography Article

Try a pan-and-stitch approach to combine multiple telephoto shots into a single wider view Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published July 14, 2019 Last week, I decided to let one of my favorite and most underrated lenses get some quality time on my camera while exploring a new national forest (well, it was new to me). Lately, I’ve been falling back onto the safety of my wide-angle lenses and I began feeling creatively stifled. So, it was time to…

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Imitating Hazy Backgrounds with Diffusion Gels – Photography Article

Shooting in a studio has its advantages. But although being warm, dry and convenient are greatly appreciated, shooting between the same four walls can get a little boring if you’re constantly using them as backgrounds for your shots. Sure, you could get some colored paper setup, you could even buy a fancy canvas sheet with paint splashes on it, and for the really adventurous, you could even use some colored lights behind your subject. But what happens when you’re finally…

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A Love Letter To My Fisheye Lens – Photography Article

Embrace the distortion and perspective of a fisheye lens to find new creative expression when shooting familiar landscapes Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published July 10, 2019 Next to the tilt/shift lens, I’d wager that the fisheye lens is the most underrated piece of glass, especially when it comes to landscape photography. Sure, it’s probably an unorthodox choice and one that falls pretty low on the list. As landscape photographers, we’ve been conditioned to grab our holy trinity of…

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Try A Telephoto Lens For Landscapes – Photography Article

Wide-angle lenses are the go-to for landscape photography, but don’t miss out on the possibilities of longer focal lengths Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published July 9, 2019 I had the good fortune of visiting Italy’s Dolomites region in early 2019 to photograph the winter conditions of that most-impressive mountain range. Historically, my kneejerk reaction to photographing mountains has been to grab a camera and my widest lens available. It makes sense, after all, because mountains are generally gigantic…

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How to Avoid the ‘False Positive’ Autofocus Trap and Nail Sharp Eyeballs – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lHF3GsDApU] Have you ever been disappointed to find the eyeballs of your subject to be not as sharp as you had expected even though your camera confirmed that autofocus had locked onto them? Photographer Steve Perry of Backcountry Gallery made this 9.5-minute video explaining how he avoids this “false positive autofocus trap” when focusing in tricky situations or on tricky subjects. “The dirty little secret is that the phase-detection AF system in our cameras just isn’t perfect,” Perry says.…

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Tips For Great Aurora Photos – Photography Article

How to photograph the Northern and Southern Lights successfully Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published July 8, 2019 Of all the naturally occurring phenomena that one could photograph, aurora photos are perhaps the most awe-inspiring. It’s even more impressive when you get a better idea of what this natural light show is all about and where it occurs. In the most basic sense, the aurora is a natural event that occurs when electrically charged, gaseous particles released by our…

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Bring On The Bad Weather For Photography – Photography Article

Instead of cozying up indoors on gloomy days, head out to make images Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published July 3, 2019 How does that old saying go, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” I suspect that with landscape photography, you can easily rephrase it around weather. To be honest, I’ve never understood when I’ve heard photographers complain about bad weather and pine on about wanting “beautiful” conditions. That’s a sentiment I have never expressed. Perhaps that is…

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Don’t Forget To Look Down – Photography Article

A few years ago, in the dead of winter, I took a trip up to the Nordegg, Alberta, region of Canada in hopes of photographing those methane bubbles frozen under several feet of ice throughout Abraham Lake. Every time I saw someone share a photo of that subject, I told myself that I needed to make my way up there. Fortunately, I was able get a trip going with a good buddy and finally experienced what it was like to…

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The Creative Power Of A Photo Study – Photography Article

As you could expect of most landscape photographers living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, my choices of scenery at the time were predominantly focused on waterfalls, forests and creeks. I’ve seen more verdant, mossy trees than I ever could have imagined growing up in New York City. And, like most people, I developed a habit of sorts and would frequent the same locations over and over with my camera. It’s not that they were easy to get…

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Document The Journey – Outdoor Photographer – Photography Article

When you’re headed to a specific location for photography, don’t miss the many photo opportunities along the way Text & Photography By Brian Matiash Published June 24, 2019 Last Autumn, my good buddy, Brian, and I took the afternoon to journey to a place called the Mossy Grotto in Oregon. It would be my first time visiting that area and Brian’s third. I had a good idea of what the destination looked like, all lush and verdant with lots of…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I visited Iceland for the second time this year, and on one occasion I was fortunate enough to find stormy conditions on Reynisfjara beach, near the Southern coastal town of Vik. In almost gale force winds, the waves were crashing down from 3-4 metres or more in height, and I took a few photos… Reynisfjara Tumbling WavesFrom a stormy day on Reynisfjara beach, Southern Iceland. Wave PowerAnother…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Earlier in the year, Amateur photographer featured an interview with me, about my approach to nature photography. If you missed that, then fear not – Their sister magazine ‘Photo Technique’ have published the 5-page interview and photo feature in their May/June 2014 issue. Once again, it’s a huge compliment to be featured in a national magazine like this, and particularly in an issue featuring the likes of David Baker and Jamie…

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