It can be a challenge to transfer your experience of this incredible time of year to the camera sensor. The feeling of being there can overwhelm the senses and when you return home it can be disappointing when you do not feel as though you captured the essence of what you saw in person. With a few techniques, and timing the weather correctly, you can create photos that reflect your vision.
There are few better places to take pictures than in a National Park. And, if you’ve been to a park recently you many have seen a lot of people taking a lot of pictures! However, quantity does not equal quality. With a little thoughtfulness around how you approach the art and technique of photography you will be surprised not only with the quality of your shots but also with your relations with other park visitors, the animals that live in the park, and the feeling you may develop for your subject matter.
Traveling the American West in an RV full time has allowed me to discover incredible locations. Here are some of my favorite areas for landscape photography due to their variety of photographic opportunities. I also include a few little-known areas so that you can capture unique shots.
Landscape shooters love their wide-angle lenses. From the amazing Nikon 14–24mm f/2.8 to the new Canon 11–24mm f/4, it’s usually the wides that get everyone excited about landscape photography. Every so often, however, it pays to change things up.
Some of the most astonishing landscape photographs ever taken over the last century are the result of dedicated photographers making the long trek up and over mountains to find the perfect spot for that iconic scene. You can find great shots of mountains simply by driving to a mountain pass or an overlook but there is something special about finding a spot that can only be reached by foot. Here are 3 low-traffic peaks to explore for unique landscape photography.
On August 21st a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Discover online maps and electronic scouting tools to help you plan where and how to photograph it, explore what gear you’ll need to get the best eclipse images possible, and learn the camera settings and technical strategies to capture those images.