Landscape Photography Tips That Have Nothing to Do With Gear (9)

August 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

I often get asked by my Mother why my pictures are so much nicer than hers, and I tell her the same thing I'm about to tell you, I'll give you a hint. It has nothing to do with what camera we're using. My Mom's 97 million megapixel ultra high def camera phone is probably a lot more capable than many cameras I've used in the past. But the thing that sets my photos apart from hers, is Time.


The time to learn how to use the equipment, to practice getting good compositions. Time to fail miserably and even more time to pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and eventually improve. It takes time out of your day to reach a location and to shoot, and to make it home, edit and print.  The time it takes for all the uncontrollable variables to line up perfectly in order to match the vision in your head to what's presented in front of you. (Hint: Sometimes it takes years)

Slivers of SilverSlivers of Silver

eh, it's nice...but nope

 

VermillionVermillion

Nope, definitely not this either.

JuxtaposedJuxtaposed

Nope

GreenGreen

Hmmmm.... This might work... but I should probably visit this location 37 more times in the next few years just to make sure.


Time is probably the one thing most photographers struggle with, including myself.  It's hard to find a free moment to slip away from real life and have some quality camera time. It's frustrating to want to translate what's in front of you into a photo, but lack the experience to do the scene justice. It's maddening to see the images a more experienced photographer has captured and think "Why don't mine look that good?".  The truth is, every photographer has been there before, but with time their photos improved just as yours will.  If you can set time aside for the mundane tasks like grocery shopping or laundry, why can't you set time aside to go out and capture some images?  A little bit of time here, a little bit of effort there, and at the end of the decade you might find yourself becoming a pretty decent photographer without even realizing it.  A surefire way to get great images is to put the time and effort in to get them, and recognize for your own sanity (and perhaps the sanity of those around you too) that it does take an awful lot of time and effort on your part.


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