Even though I have taken tens of thousands of images, I am always trying to learn something more and incorporate it into my next image. Whether it's capturing lighting a little better, or perfecting the framing of the shot, there is always room for improvement! Photographing wildlife and landscape each have their own challenges. With wildlife, you have to establish good routines to best capture images on the fly. That bear isn’t going to wait to catch a fish while you set up your camera! Taking a lot of pictures at once will help ensure that you get at least one good shot or even a good sequence as I was lucky to get with the bear in Alaska a few years back.
When I set out to capture landscape images, one of my first goals is to identify the target and frame what I believe would be the most powerful aspect of that target into an image. Lighting can be a significant factor and sometimes you may have to wait for the right lighting or plan your day accordingly to capture the sights during its best lit timeframe.
Landscape photography offers the ability to take your time and really study the best makeup for your shot. Back when I started out, I felt that if I captured everything at one that it would look good. I later realized that by including everything in my images, it detracted from the strong points I wanted to capture and the photo said nothing at all. Understanding the goal of your image and taking steps to capturing the strong point of it without distractions in your picture will help you generate great landscape images.
I have recently been utilizing more panoramic techniques to enhance the quality of the images for my viewer. It never ceases to amaze me how many additional details a panoramic picture can capture that would be lost in a single image. I use this technique often when I go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon which helps to showcase the vastness of the views you encounter there.
So whether it’s wildlife, landscape or another type of photography you are interested in, taking the time to study and prepare for your adventure out will create your best photographs.
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