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Widen your horizon

Photography is a vast topic. There’s astro photography, food photography, product photography, portrait photography, landscape photography, wildlife photography… and the list goes on. Of course, you can specialize in a single field, completely ignoring any other type of photography and from what I’ve seen, many landscape photographers do exactly that. I used to be like that till the fateful day I pointed my telephoto zoom at the night sky and took a picture of Andromeda. I was hooked so badly […]

Returning to a location

Many of us amateur photographers have a daytime job and spend most of the year at home, which doesn’t leave us many options when we feel like taking the camera out for a shoot. We often find ourselves shooting the same scene multiple times over the course of a year, because there are only so many great places (if any) in a, say, 50km radius. In order not to shoot the same picture over and over again, we need to […]

2019 – Taking it up a notch

New Year’s resolutions – I can’t stand them. How many times have people made those resolutions only to abandon them a couple of weeks later. That doesn’t keep them from trying again, only to fail once more. So I don’t make any to start with. If I think I need to improve in one area or another, stop or start doing something I’ll start right then and there. What’s the point in waiting for January 1st to make that decision? […]

Going The Extra Mile

Digital photography makes it easy to take dozens of pictures in a very short amount of time, which in many cases is a blessing, but can turn out to be a curse, too. Back in the days of film things were different, there were 36 exposures in a roll of film and that was it. You had to think harder whether or not a picture was worth taking and even after you had pressed the shutter button you couldn’t check […]

To The Stars

This year has been odd in regard to weather, it was hot and dry most of the time with perfect clear skies. For my landscape photography it was a disaster: No clouds to go with a sunrise/sunset or to give detail to an otherwise boring sky, no waterfalls or flowing water to shoot and, to add insult to injury, no fresh greens but dead yellowish/brownish tones everywhere. What do you do? Well, you rethink your options and then take advantage […]

On Light

If there’s one thing serious photographers are obsessed with it’s light. Of course, if there is no light you can’t take a photograph, so there you go. But it’s not as simple as that: There is good light and bad light, but why? What is it that makes light good or bad? We’ve all been there, it’s Friday, we have the whole weekend ahead of us and after having breakfast we grab our gear and make for a familiar location […]

986 Photographs = 32 Seconds Of Video

They say that you should visit the same location at different times of the day and year, and I certainly have been to the Externsteine a gazillion times already. There’s a simple reason for that: It doesn’t take much time to get there and I have 2-3 compositions that definitely work. If there are signs of a dramatic sky in the evening I get in the car and know I will be there in time to take the picture. Still, […]

Photographing the Milky Way

Landscape photography is all about light, the golden light of a sunrise or sunset, diffused light, harsh light etc. But what if there’s hardly any light at all? Can you shoot a landscape at night? Why would you even want to try? And if so, how would you go about it? Those are the questions I’d like to address in this post. You’ll see that night sky photography isn’t as hard as you might imagine and is a fantastic alternative […]

Photographing a lunar eclipse

Night sky photography isn’t exactly my field of expertise and I only looked into taking pictures of the moon, the milky way and the stars because currently there’s next to nothing I could photograph around here. The ongoing drought has had a huge impact on nature and it’s a hopeless case trying to find interesting subjects. The weather forecast predicts more of the same. So I turned my attention to the night sky for the time being, because the sun […]

Your histogram is lying

The histogram is our most reliable tool when it comes to proper exposure, we watch it closely on live view, expose to the right (ETTR) like they told us to, because there is noise hiding in the shadows etc. Now what if I told you that histogram is (sometimes) lying to you and you’re actually overexposing without even noticing? I mentioned this on Chris Sale’s YouTube feed and it seems it isn’t just me who’s noticed this seemingly odd behaviour. […]

Composition: The Creative Side (Part 1)

When I picked up photography again about 3 years ago I thought I could just continue where I left off around the turn of the millennium. I had a record of taking casual photographs for around 20 years with all sorts of cameras and felt confident I knew it all or it would come back to me in a very short amount of time. In hindsight, I’m shocked at what little I knew about actual photography then, because photography isn’t […]

Composition: From Chaos to Order

Most hobbyists get the technical side of photography right eventually, but many seem to struggle with composition for a long time. The reason for that is, that there’s no recipe or workflow for good composition that would work in any given situation. There are so many rules for good composition and it can sometimes be hard to see which particular rules apply to the scene in front of your camera. And sometimes even though you tried to apply some of […]