Monday, August 18, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Work the Scenic

Enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by award winning nature photographer Russ Burden:

Scenic photography can be very rewarding. Returning home from a photo trip with a few winners is always a feel good. Whether the images are destined for the wall, potential stock shots for an agency, contest entries, or simply remembrances of your experiences, every time you look at the image, you’ll feel proud. Sometimes a great scenic will unfold because the light is special. Other times the light will be flat and you’ll walk away from the day’s shoot with nothing. Regardless of the weather, an important part of getting the most out of the situation is to learn to fully work the shoot. This means exhausting as many possibilities as possible to make sure you cover all bases.

Come with me on a photo tour and you’ll hear me share the following:
DON'T LET YOUR TRIPOD TAKE ROOT: Just because you find a good angle, don’t plant your tripod in the same location and leave it there. A voice will be telling you - DON'T GIVE UP: Overcast and cloudy weather can be disheartening so rather than lament, shoot subjects that are appropriate for the conditions. You’ll hear me say - FILTER IT: Use that polarizer and graduated neutral density.

These are just a few of the ways one can work a scenic. There are many more. I’d love to share them with you."


The photo(s) in this post were taken by Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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