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30 Tips to Improve your Landscape Photography Ebook

Some sound tips for beginners in this short free ebook by Capture Landscapes, including the crucial tips like slow down or, my favorite, buy a tripod.

I agree with most of the tips, strongly disagree with one, and have comments about a few:

8. Plan your shots

I’m terrible at planning and previsualization, and I don’t believe in them very much: knowing sunset time is good but getting stuck with imagined composition and miss better, but unplanned, shot is something I’d like to avoid.

I just arrive at a place and see what the nature has for me today.

13. Don’t get stuck with one lens

I like to shoot landscapes with both wide angle and telephoto lenses but having plenty of lenses exhorts you to choose lenses instead of shooting. And lenses are also heavy.

They suggest to have at least two lenses. I’d say that two is the best number.

21. Understand the “rule of thirds”

No, just no. There are no rules in photography.

28. Shoot quality rather than quantity

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

When citing Henri Cartier-Bresson keep in mind that for him 10,000 shots was something like a month of shooting. Shoot as much as you need — just show only the best photographs.


You can get your copy by subscribing at Capture Landscapes site.

When it’s OK to Remove People from Photos

I’ve seen the news that Steve McCurry removes people from his photos more than once in my feed already.

Image [from PetaPixel](http://petapixel.com/2016/05/06/botched-steve-mccurry-print-leads-photoshop-scandal/)

I think it’s more complicated than people on internet like to think.

It’s fine to remove people and other stuff from a landscape or a cityscape, people aren’t important for a photograph. If you remove people, remove them all.

But if people are crucial part of a photograph, if you’re making a composition of people and waiting for a perfect moment, then removing people means you haven’t waited for that memoment, you haven’t made that photograph. It should be just boring for any serious photographer.

And that stitching artifacts people found on McCurry’s photos — just a shameful work, no matter what you think about the morality of photo manipulation.

The Artist Series

The Art of Photography by Ted Forbes is my favorite photography podcast. The Artist Series is a crowdfunded series of short documentaries about modern photographers.

There are three of them right now and a few more are planned. Each episode is about 10 minutes long and features one photographer. You can watch them free on YouTube.