Essays on Photography, the Outdoors and Life.
Teaching you landscape photography.
The BenQ SW271 is a new, high-end 27-inch 4K IPS monitor aimed at photographers who demand color accuracy at competitive price-point. In this review we will test both the SW271 and its larger cousin, the 31.5-inch BenQ SW320, to see if these big photography monitors lives up to their expectations.
We’ve had our first snowfall of the year here in the Netherlands. It’s one of those instances when most people stay indoors, while just about every landscape photographer is aching to feel the snow on their face. One of them is acclaimed British Landscape Photographer Simon Baxter, whom I've asked to help me analyze the introvert mind.
Students often ask me a rhetorical question: “What is it like to be a professional landscape photographer?” Well, it’s fantastic if you’re into the outdoors, natural landscapes, and of course photography. However, that’s not entirely the point of the question. The real question you want to ask though, is “How do you find a sustainable income to support such a career?” Typically, we all have a preconceived idea of what a landscape photographer does for a living. But that idea seems to stem from a time when there weren't that many people in the business.
There are two ways to photography: registration and creation. Let me be clear that, before we get into a short essay about self-acceptance in art, neither is better than the other. While I’d like to teach you today about conscious creation, registration is the inherent nature of photography. But the way we modify and modulate light before it hits the sensor, as well as the entire process after it, is all up to us and not the camera manufacturer.
The workshop season is about to kick off. I'm looking forward seeing the mountains again, as much as I look forward to seeing like-minded people on my travels. So what's in store the next twelve months?
When you’re in the market for buying a new monitor, you’re probably overwhelmed by a host of specifications. Size, resolution, color gamut, and panel technology can make all the difference when you look for a new screen to edit your photos on. As a photographer, not all specs are that important. Dynamic contrast for instance; a feature that adjusts brightness and contrast according to what's on the screen at a given moment. In this guide, we’re focusing on buying a monitor that is geared specifically towards post-processing.
There is something to be said about social media for photography. Apps and sites like Instagram, 500px, and Flickr have way of tapping into our innate drive to create work that satisfy others. When treated right, social media can keep you motivated to produce. This week's article is about how keeping up the production rate is no measure for creating from the heart. Photography should, at least in the first place, be for you.
This is an entirely new sort of article which can only be found on my website. It’s an exclusive behind-the-scenes account of the editing and creative choices involved in my most popular images. But I have challenged myself to not spend too much time on this. I have to put this making-of together within the hour. So read on!
Often I get the impression that landscape photography tips are always the same. You know what I’m talking about: Golden hour, wide-angle lens, etc. But landscape photography is, like any other genre, still evolving as an art form. So the best advice is closely related to when that advice is being told.
I've been a landscape photographer for more than ten years now. I think it's time you guys get a peek inside my camera bag.
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