I have been fortunate to photograph many landscapes in a variety of different countries throughout the world but the photographs I had seen of Japan always seemed to have a difference that was difficult to categorise and I have always been drawn to places that may challenge me as a photographer.
My default position is to normally head to locations that could be regarded as remote, or certainly feel that way. As well as feeling a long way from cities and towns, the landscapes I regard as my favourites are ones that appear almost untouched, although in reality, this is seldom the case as almost all of the landscapes I have experienced have been modelled and influenced by the hands of mankind. One of the main factors that made Japan, and Hokkaido in particular, fascinating was the apparent simplicity of the place, certainly in the deep winter months. One of the approaches I take as a landscape photographer is to distil the elements of the landscape down to understandable parts of a composition so that the photograph is not an overwhelming record of every aspect of the scene.
An advantage of using Epson printers is the Advanced Black & White printer driver. This helps ensure that you get perfect black and white prints every time.
If you visit any photography forum, Facebook page or open the covers of any of the many photography magazines on the shelves, you will without too much effort see photographs of many of the attractions that Iceland has to offer. Can we consider all of this vast landscape covered photographically and all that is left for those intending to travel there is to head out in the hope that what they will get is their own copy of someone else's image?
When we look at photographs or any images do we really need the colour aspect of the information to "see" the message the image is trying to convey? The monochrome image has been around for well over 100 years and even considering the advancements in image making and print production there remains a desire for people to see monochrome images to this day.
The iPhone equipped with a 5 megapixel camera can capture excellent photos, if the photographer is zeroing in on great compositions and understanding light. There are no camera settings to be made so working with the iPhone distills the photograph down to composition and light.
Karen Messick shares with us some of the great images she has captured and explains how she got them.
Printing your photographs brings a whole new dimension to your photography. To glide your cursor over the button that says "Print" is not printing at all. Printing is creating and nurturing the true potential and essence of your composition "prior" to "clicking print".
In this article, Paul Gallagher explores his love of the print and why you should really be printing more.
You are now in business as a photographer, and are developing a client base, have an improving grasp of your preferred methods of self-promotion, and have the basics in place to support the business. How do you keep going, keep growing the business, and avoid becoming one of those cheerful statistics that states 70% of businesses fail in the first 2-3 years?