I’m extremely excited to announce the release of my newest eBook, and the first to be published under the Image & Rhythm brand, titled: “One Image – Shoot Less, Look Closer & Create Stronger Images”. This is a book that is based on two topics that are extremely important to me: the creative process and photographic workflows.
The process versus the experience—it’s a constant battle that many of us photographers face on a daily basis. If I had to pick a clear winner, I would say that often it’s easiest for the process to come out on top, leaving the experience overshadowed and neglected.
Now that we’re well into the autumn season, I felt it would be appropriate to talk about creating images in the forest during my favourite time of year. Walking into the woods with a camera can be an intimidating endeavor. The best word to sum up what lies in front a photographer’s eyes is “clutter”.
Forest scenes stand on their own in regards to difficulty and execution. There’s often so much going on that it can be challenging to both find a subject and arrange all of the elements surrounding it into a pleasing composition. You really have to dig deep before elements start to reveal themselves. It would be an understatement to say that patience and practice are key!
In this post, we’re going to take a look at a number of techniques and conditions that will help you create stronger images in the forest.
In today’s world of super saturated, over-the-top landscape images it can be difficult to get people to notice your work for its artistry rather than its flashy processing. As I’ve matured as a landscape photographer, I have learned that being creative in your approach and harnessing the beauty of movement can stop people in their tracks and keep them looking. When I finally learned to embrace movement it quickly became apparent to me just how much it can add to an image.
I’m a big believer that the best way to grow as a photographer is through refinement. Regardless of how strongly you believe that a new camera or plug-in is your ticket to success, the truth, is that creating with direction, focus and a well thought out workflow will have the largest impact on your images.
It’s been said that practice makes perfect. Well, in my opinion, perfect doesn’t exist. Every time I’m out practicing, I’m refining. I look at refinement as a way of narrowing down the immense amount of options that are available at every location and gaining a better understanding of what really moves me a photographer.
With that being said, there are definitely specific approaches that can be taken while out creating to help ensure maximum growth and understanding with your photography. In this article I’ve listed three ways you can refine your approach to photography.