It can be challenging to bring a sense of depth to your photography. Depth produces a more interesting photo and it also engages the viewer more.
Here are a few different ways you can add the feeling of depth in your shots. Sometimes a small change in viewpoint or composition can transform your photo.
Include something of interest in the foreground to add some depth. This leads the viewer's eye around the scene, from the foreground to the main subject in the distance.
* For Example in the image above I had the flowers in the foreground and the main object is the mountains in the distance. *
2. Change Your Perspective
Get close to the ground instead of shooting at eye level. This makes the perspective more interesting and adds more depth. By changing your viewpoint it also adds more foreground and it makes for a better composition.
* For example in the photo above I basically sat my camera in the sand to get as low as possible. This made the sand more interesting in the foreground and then you have the main objects which are the pier and ocean. *
3. Leading Lines
Leading Lines are lines which move from the bottom of the frame/foreground to the main subject. They usually lead your eyes toward the main object or view. Incorporating one or more leading lines into your photo is a good way to add depth. The easiest place to find a leading line is on a road. Roads are naturally leading because they lead to somewhere or something.
* For Example the lines of the road are leading lines that lead you to the main subject, which is the rock formations in the distance (AKA Monument Valley). In this photo I also used 2. Changing your Perspective, I got low to the ground making the foreground more interesting. *
Layering is a technique that involves using foreground, subject and background so that all layers of the images work together to help make up the composition of your photo. Layering is basically getting to an angle that shows several objects at several different distances from you.
* For example in the photo above the sand dunes serve as layers. I got to a perspective that shows sand dunes in the foreground and go all the way back to the mountains in the background. Each sand dune is essentially a new layer, since each sand dune is at a different distance and that gives the image depth. *
There are a few other ways to create depth in your photos, but these are some of the main ones that I use in my photos. Thank you for reading this post and I hope that you learned something from it! One of the most important things in photography and in life is, to improve and grow a little each day! One of my favorite quotes is
"Success isn't earned in a day, it's earned day by day."
Once again thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day!
The most important part of traveling is planning your trip. Most people want to get the most out of there trips, they want to see and experience as much as they can in the time they have. Planning your trip can be very stressful and complicated. As a photographer it can be a little more complicated at times, because I need to get to the locations that I am getting photos of at the Golden Hours.
You should plan your trips a few months before you leave. First you need to decide on where you are going, obviously. How you plan to travel will greatly effect how you plan the rest of your trip.
If you don't have much time and going somewhere pretty far away, flying is your best option. If you are flying and just staying in one city or area, it makes your planning a little easier. With only staying in one city or area you only have to worry about finding one hotel to stay in. Also you only have to worry about finding stuff to do and places to eat near that area. In some places you will probably need to rent a car to get around to the different sites and to explore the area. Places like New York City and San Francisco you don't necessarily need to rent a car, I normally just get a hotel in the city and walk or get an Uber if its to far away. One of the first things you will want to do is research hotels in the area you are going to be staying and book one. Then research the area and find all the stuff you want to see and do, as well as places to eat. Find all the stuff you want to do the most and plan those first.
If you are planning a road trip it can be a little more complicated. Normally on road trips it is ether a straight shot type, which is you are basically just drive straight through to a single destination or there is the multiple stop road trip, which is where you visit several spots and places, but you don't stay in one spot for very long. I personally prefer the multiple stop road trip, so you can see more and it breaks up the amount of hours spent in the car per day. It also depends on how far you are going and for how long. If it is just a weekend road trip to a place not to far away, then it's not very complicated, but if you are planning a long road trip, that is when it can get pretty complicated. On a long multiple stop road trip there is a lot of planning that goes into it. I usually pick out a few of the main places that I want to see or stop at. Then I search for other places along that route that I would like to see. Next I use Google Maps to plan out how long it is from place to place and the total time that the entire trip will take. I would give yourself plenty of extra time just encase something happens, plus you will want some time to recover from your trip when you get home. If you are able to, I would plan your trip in a circle or in a way that you aren't seeing the same stuff twice, that way you can see as much as possible. You will need to decide on whether you will be driving you own car or if you want to rent a car for your trip. It really just depends on your budget and the condition of your car. You will definitely want a reliable car if you are going to be driving a long distance. One of the tricky things about the multiple stop road trip is booking hotels, because if you decide to stay somewhere an extra day or you are delayed by something then it can really mess up your plans, so I would suggest that you do your research and find out the prices of hotels around the areas that you are going to be staying in and book them that day or the day before you are going to be there, that way if something does happen you only have to worry about that one reservation. Also I would check the weather for the areas that you are visiting on the days you are going to be there. If you plan on visiting somewhere like a national park, museum, or something like that, it would be good to check to make sure that they are not closed for some reason.
Planning a trip can be very time consuming and stressful, but if you plan it right it makes your trip much more enjoyable and you will get the most out of your trip!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me or leave your questions in the comments and I will answer them the best I can and as fast as I can!
When I first began as a photographer I struggled with several things and made a lot of mistakes, but that how you learn. I still struggle with some things and I still make mistakes, you just have to work to get better and improve everyday. One of my favorite quotes is "Success isn't earned in a day, it's earned day by day." I love this quote, because people who are good or great at something didn't become that way over night. It takes times and practice.
I have typed up a few things that I struggled with and mistakes that I made when I first started and how I have improved on them.
1. Time of Day to Shoot
Arches National Park - Golden Hour before Sunset White Sands National Monument - Gold Hour before Sunset
When I first started as a photographer I would just take photos whenever, I didn't really worry about what time it was or shooting at a certain time. I have realized this is something that a lot of beginner photographers struggle with.
In most cases the best times to shoot photography are, the golden hour, which is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky and the opposite period during twilight is blue hour, which is just before sunrise or after sunset, when indirect sunlight is evenly diffused.
2. Composition (Arrangement of item in your photo)
This is one that I still struggle with at times, but have improved on significantly from when I first started. When I first started as a photographer I would just take pictures of stuff that I thought looked cool and I didn't really put to much thought into the composition of my photos. I would take photos at weird angles and not really be precise in getting only the stuff that I wanted in the photo and keeping out all the other stuff and still making it look good. The best way to fix this is to think about your shots a little more before you take them and look at several different angles, to see what looks best. The good thing about digital cameras is that you can take several shots from different angles and experiment with different looks and you can always go back and delete them if they don't turn out good, until you get a feel for how to compose your shots. Something that i did when I was needing help with my composition is, I would look at a lot of photos that I liked and I would examine there composition and apply that style to some of my own photos as a base to work off of.
3. Figuring Out Your Camera
When I first started as a photographer I was just using my phone. When I finally got my first DSLR (Digitial Camera)
I had a hard time getting my photos to turn out how I wanted them to. At first I thought why did I even get this thing, using my phone was so much easier I could just hit one button and there was the photo how I wanted it. It seemed to complicated for me to figure out, but once I did figure it out it really wasn't that complicated after all. It really is well worth getting a DSLR and figuring it out. It makes your photos look a lot better and you have more control over how your photos turn out. I learned my camera by trial and error, as well as a few youtube videos. If you need to at first you can, just set your camera to AUTO until you learn more about how to adjust your setting and how they work.
4. Having an Interesting Subject
Having an interesting subject can be hard at times, especially if you live somewhere that doesn't really have very many interesting places. Even when you find a beautiful place sometimes it can be hard to focus in on a subject that is interesting. If you are struggling to find an interesting subject a person is usually a good option. For instance a photo of just a lake at sunset maybe a pretty good photo, but it is more of a background for a subject, than a subject itself. The most important thing is to define what you want to capture and that becomes your subject. It just needs to be something that is interesting to you. it showcases how you see the world and what stands out to you, that is what makes your photography special and unique.
Thank you for reading this post! I hope that something is this post has helped you out in some way. These are just a few things that I have noticed that a lot of beginner photographers struggle with that I also struggled with when I first started out and hope this will help you to become a better photographer, because we all want to be a better photographer, whether we have just started our photography journey or we have been doing it for 20 years.
Most people think that you need to spend thousands of dollars to get a good camera, but you don't have to.
There are quite a few good DSLR cameras for under $1,000. My advice would be to buy a camera bundle
that has the camera, camera bag, and accessories.
The most important thing when you get your first DSLR Camera is to mess around with it and learn how to
adjust the settings to get the look that you want. When you first start as a photographer you should work
on you composition (arrangement of objects) and perspective the most. Having a DSLR doesn't automatically
make you a good photographer, but it does make the quality of your photos better, more clear and defined.
Here are a few good cameras for under $1000
There are also some other options that are cheaper if you look around, but I would not recommend buying
any refurbished cameras, especially for your first one. My first DSLR camera was a Canon Rebel T5 and it was a camera bundle and that was about 3 or 4 years ago. I still have it and it works just like the day I bought it, but I mainly use a Canon Rebel T7i, because it has the flip out screen which is nice for certain angles.
I don't know all there is to know about cameras, but I hope this post helped you in some way. If you have any questions feel free to ask me and I will answer them the best I can! Thank you for reading this post and hope
you have a great day!
"Success isn't earned in a day, it's earned day by day."
In this post I am going to go through some tips for beginner photographers, it may even help more advanced photographers. I am far from the best photographer out there, but I figure there must be some photographers out there that will benefit from this post.
1. GOLDEN HOURS
If you are shooting out side, the best times are 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. These are often referred to as the golden hours, because of the golden glow that the sun cast on to everything. During these hours the light is softer and makes your images look 10 times better.
2. ALWAYS HAVE A TRIPOD
This one is pretty simple, but very important. Pretty much in any type of photography it is good to have a tripod handy. Tripods are good and basically essential for long-exposure shots.
3. SCOPE OUT YOUR SHOOTING AREA
Scoping out the area you are going to be shooting in is very helpful, whether you are shooting a landscape, family pictures, or anything outside. First if you are planing to go to this place in the golden hours (#1) you should google the sunset or sunrise times, so you know what time you need to leave. That leads me to the next part of scoping out your shooting area, which is putting the location into your GPS to see how long it takes to get there. If you are close enough to the area, it might be a good idea to physically go to the location before you actually shot your photos. That way you can find the best spots and maybe think up some ideas, before you actually shot your photos.
These are just a few tips that I thought might help some photographers out there. The goal of any photographer should be to just get better everyday!
"Success isn't earned in a day, it's earned day by day"