Monday 8th June 2020
This morning I set out to film a video all about the gear that is essential for landscape photography.
For a long time I have been a great believer that you don’t need expensive equipment to capture great images. I have also learned through personal experience that having a lot of gear often gets in the way. Better to keep things simple.
To demonstrate this point I thought I would take an shot using my back up camera (a 9 year old Canon 600D that I bought secondhand) and my old Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. So confident was I that I could get a great shot with this set up that I even planned to put it up for sale on my website.
So you can imagine my surprise when I got the photos on to the computer to find that the image quality was appalling. Certainly no where near good enough to be able to produce a high quality print.
I guess gear does matter after all.
After yesterday’s failure to produce a video I found myself without anything to post this evening. I was left with little choice to release part 2 of my film from Selside Pike and Branstree that I had planned to post on Friday.
I am very proud of this film. It is both interesting and fun, sharing an approach to photography that most people can relate to whilst also offering important advice on the benefits of including a strong subject in your images.
It was therefore a huge disappointed that (in terms of views) it turned out to be a complete flop.
I later learned that many people did not receive a notification from YouTube that the video had gone live. Things are hard enough at the moment without YouTube playing at silly buggers!
Tonight was my webinar about creating a photo website using Adobe Portfolio.
I think that it went very well. It was nice to ‘meet’ some of the people that have been supporting me for a long time now. I would like to run more in future so if there are any subjects that you would like me to cover please let me know.
It has also started me thinking of other ways that I could bring photographers together. I am working on a couple of ideas and hope to be able to make an announcement soon.
I had a wonderful time exploring some of the fells between Shap and Kendal this morning. Starting from the top of the A6 I climbed Little Yarlside and Great Yarlside before eventually making my way to Grey Crag.
I was blessed with some wonderfully moody conditions and although they eventually cleared I managed to come away with some images that I am very happy with.
I spent most of today editing my images from yesterday’s hike.
I am really pleased with how they have come out. They capture my morning and the area pretty well.
The photos have a certain subtlety to them that I find really appealing.
The feedback that I have been getting about my most recent work is that the images need more ‘punch’. More interest in the sky, more dramatic lighting.
Obviously I don’t agree with this assessment.
I find myself wondering if this is the impact of social media. In order to get attention on platforms such as Instagram (which I am not knocking at all) our images need to ‘shout’. And nothing shouts louder than a colourful sky!
Over the years we have been conditioned into believing that a landscape photograph must have impact. If it doesn’t have the wow factor then it is a bad image.
Increasingly I am finding these images to be superficial, lacking in depth. Once you start to look past the obvious they don’t appear to be saying very much.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking these types of images. I mean who doesn’t enjoying photographing a beautiful sunrise? I know I certainly do.
But I am starting to get frustrated by the closed minds within our community that dismiss anything that does not conform to their narrow definition of a good photo.