Travel and Landscape Photography Workshop by Abhishek Singh
BRIEF INTO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” Charles Lindbergh
There is little that compares to the grand majesty of nature. The allure of impossible rock formations, the breadth of expansive beaches, and the fairy tale feel of canopied forests never cease to stun even a well-seasoned landscape photographer. The blog further describes Travel and Landscape Photography.
Capturing stunning landscapes is an art in itself. Landscape shots require a deep knowledge of a sense of scale, and how best to utilize the right time of day to one’s advantage.
Rolling hills covered in long blades of green grass that bend with the wind stretch out beyond the horizon, a river eases itself between them and empties into a small lake. Words provide a description, but a great landscape photograph brings the image to life with all the energy, vibrancy, and awe of being there. Landscapes have captivated and fascinated artists for centuries and now, and thanks to the relative affordability and portability of digital photography, just about anyone can capture nature’s beauty and create a masterpiece.
THE HISTORY BEHIND TRAVEL AND LANDSCAPE
Before starting any new instinct that is triggering, you at the very moment of your starting should always be surfing about its past. Because not only it gives you a story about its emergence but also a lot of hidden secrets. Like for example how did the idea come and after how many failures it became a boon to this industry? Thus, a lot of things matter while flipping through the pages of history.
So now we drive through landscape photography:
It was in 1826 that the first photograph is widely regarded to have been taken, by French-born Joseph Nicephorus Niece. His first exposure took a humble eight hours!
It was over a decade later that Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre invented the Daguerreotype and first photographed a human being, by mere accident. Boulevard du Temple, Daguerre’s long-range shot of a Parisian street exemplified the early constraints of the medium. Depicting a man having his shoes shined, the single image took ten minutes to make and just happened to capture the individual, who stood statically, one leg perched on a stool. The shoe shiner working on Paris’ Boulevard du Temple that day had no idea he would make history.
HISTORY OF IMAGES
“Boulevard Du Temple, France, 1839”- Image Courtesy- Louis Daguerre
As the technical side of photography developed and cameras became more affordable, almost anyone could become a photographer. Whilst democratizing and diversifying the craft, this also gave form to some form of elitism, as certain artists began to distance themselves from the status quo by creating their own visual movements. This saw the rise of Pictorials, a trend in which photos were manipulated through long exposure or movement to emulate impressionistic paintings. The idea was to suggest that artistic expression rose above the mechanical process.
“Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky,1848”- Image Courtesy- Charles Fontayne/ W.S. Porter
However, successful Pictorialize was, it remained a niche means of expression. Meanwhile, photographers such as Charles Fontanne and William S. Porter were creating panoramic Daguerreotypes of waterfronts with extremely high-levels of visual information. These recently restored 6.5” x8.5” photos reveal incredible amounts of detail.
Moonlight: “The Pond, 1904”- Image Courtesy – Edward Steichen
WHY LEARN TRAVEL AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Landscape and travel photography has always been a popular genre and has amassed the fascination of armature and professional photographers alike. It is a playground for photographers where you can use a wider range of lenses- from the wide-angle lenses you probably thought of first, all the way up to telephotos. It’s a beautiful world we live in — and nobody knows this better than a landscape photographer. Even if you already know how to shoot landscape, there are always endless possibilities to learn and grow. Every photography style can be learned with the right tools and educational resources. Within this workshop, you will be able to practice landscape photography and earn more experience
But don’t stop there—challenge yourself to mix landscape photography with other styles or use some of these to try your hand in other niches. As with every art form, photography is a continuous learning experience that will give you a new pair of eyes to see and appreciate the world in a whole different way.
Insights from the workshop
WHEN YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU PURSUE
“It took me quite a few years as a beginner photographer to understand the importance of landscape photography composition tips.
I made a ton of mistakes as a beginning landscape photographer: I tried to cram too much into each photo, I relied too heavily on the “perfect” lighting, and I didn’t understand how to compose a landscape photo at all. Then I decided to get serious about improving my compositions, and by following the Chiiz workshop, it has helped me to achieve that goal”—— stated by a satisfied student of our Chiiz workshop, (Jasmin Doddle)
When we look at a landscape, our eyes travel over it and selectively focus on the elements that we find appealing. Our field of vision encompasses a great deal of the scenes, but our eyes and brains have the ability to ignore all except the most alluring details. Lenses and sensors or film cannot do this by themselves. They need help.
Insights from the workshop
Time is the most important investment you can make in getting good landscape pictures. When you arrive in a place you’ve never visited before, spend time scouting—driving or hiking to different locations, finding different vantage points.
OTHER DOMAINS OF LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. Its photography is done for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most common is to recall a personal observation or experience while in the outdoors, especially when traveling. Others pursue it particularly as an outdoor lifestyle, to be involved with nature and the elements, some as an escape from the artificial world.
Landscape photography commonly involves daylight photography of natural features of land, sky, and waters, at a distance, though some landscapes may involve subjects in a scenic setting nearby, even close-up, and sometimes at night.
Photography of artificial scenery, such as farm fields, orchards, gardens, and architecture, may be considered “landscape” photography as well. Even the presence of man-made structures (buildings, roads, and bridges, etc.) or art (such as sculpture) may be considered “landscape” if presented in artistic settings or appearing (or photographed) in artistic style.
Further, landscape photography is typical of relatively stationary subjects—arguably a form of “still life.” This tends to simplify the task, as opposed to the photography of kinetic or live subjects. However, landscape photography often overlaps the activity of wildlife photography and the two terms are used somewhat interchangeably; both wildlife and landscapes may be elements of the same picture or body of work.
Opposes !!! Did our topic cover travel photography too? Yes of course.
Travel photography transcends just “landscape” or “portrait” photography. It’s about capturing and documenting that distant place in a single frame, pulling the viewer into the shot, and making them wish that they were there. A good travel photo will be more than just a slice of time captured in a rectangle. It will tell a story and convey emotion. Travel photography is a source of inspiration and driver to see and experience the best our world has to offer. Subsequently, it brings out the best in me.
Travel photography goes further than just capturing a great image. It’s there to tell a story, educate, and inspire.
(Photography while traveling)
WHO CAN ATTEND
- Whether you are a traveler who is willing to explore different landscapes and capture images.
- If you are a blogger who wants to leverage the contents with a mesmerizing landscape in a blog.
- Whether an explorer who likes to build a photo database.
- A conservationist photographer who loves taking the theme of the landscape.
- A panoramic or an HDR lover in landscape photography
This can take some practice because you also have to look at where the light will not be falling. Photographing a canyon, for example, you might see that the west wall will be beautifully lit in the early morning, if the canyon is deep, however, the east wall will be in such complete shadow that your camera will be capable of rendering it only as a great black blob. Unless this is the effect you want, you’ll either have to modify your composition, shoot it later in the day, or plan to return on an overcast day when both sides will be photographable.
But don’t worry you are going to definitely learn these tricks.
This workshop provided by Chiiz is just kinda a dream learning for the students like you !!
Insights from the workshop
WHAT WE TAUGHT
What you already know was not our core focus, but we had rather focused on what you didn’t know and have had a huge eagerness to learn about. We made our students enthusiastic about each and every lesson and that was our foremost allegiance.
Our students learned the composition techniques of landscape photography. They also knew about curves and reflection and angular distortion of photography. Made them practice for landscape photography using a telephoto lens. We had definitely made them master the art of capturing balanced panoramas. They could easily understand drone shots techniques. When, where, and why to use drone shots.
Gradually they had learned about the process of getting permission for drones, capturing astonishing time-lapse, star trails. And finally, they had also learned about how to explore places in India for landscape photography. Initially, they understood the scope and possibilities of a career in landscape photography and had learned the branding of their image. And then progressively they took to gasp in marketing the image to the right target group.
So sometimes you had to spend all day watching a riverbank where you had got a lead that a pride of lions comes and drinks water near the bank of the river, and you’re telling your heart of getting an incredible picture of these carnivorous, but unfortunately returned home without a single good picture.
Or sometimes leaving your camera or tripod at your car because you didn’t get any lead that a herd of huge elephants would be crossing just in front of your eyes, and you would be missing that incredible moment of that wildlife family, and within a lapse of time, and the herd vanishes in the wild would surely hurt a photographer like you.
The Chiiz workshop gives us the best training for beginners as well as experts. They trained us with expert mentors. We understand the end-to-end process of landscape photography. We have learned the processing hacks. Learned the astonishing time-lapse & HDR. The best part about this workshop is it has a limited size of the batch, which actually reduces the chaotic environment and it’s worth money. Lastly, we also learned how to sell our images in the market, and thus it enhances our orientation with proper steps.]
But don’t make your heart small both the cases are commonplace for landscape photographers…….and patience is the core salutation to this. And you are going to overcome all these with the next Chiiz workshop !!!
Tools for Photography
NECESSITIES AND ELIGIBILITY
“My true program is summed up in one word: life. I expect to photograph anything suggested by that word which appeals to me.”, Edward Weston
There are many minimal things you need to get started with this exciting workshop provided by Chiiz. But here you need only a laptop and a camera and some excitement in your heart. We had provided our students with India’s best and superlative mentor to teach with interactive classes and guided them through every possible trouble. We have also provided them with post-production platforms where they are able to show their talent and face the competitive market both nationally and internationally.
Hope to see you at our next exciting Chiiz workshop.
Our workshop was held on 30th June 2019, Sunday. From 11 AM to 7 PM near Noida Sector 15. We had a pleasant and well-managed event and everyone was satisfied with the free refreshments that have been provided by our Chiiz workshop.
See you soon at our next workshop, till then stay tuned with our Chiiz website!
(Photo by Michal Kmeť on Unsplash)
(End of the day, somewhere near Iceland)
Abhishek Singh has been a photographer for more than 14 years. He is based out of Delhi. He has already done 323 photography workshops and 37 photo tours. One of India’s topmost acclaimed travel lifestyle & aviation editorial photographers. He got published from mainstream trade magazines to in-flight magazines. He has also completed complex travel photography assignments for various travel brands.
So as a result of this workshop our students got the contemporary understanding of place and landscape focused on our connection with the land rather than our dominance over it. Borrowing an example that Tolonen discusses in Landscape and Photography,
Landscape photography interests many and sets thousands of photographers on the quest to capture nature’s finest scenes. If you have a budding interest in landscape photography, the above-mentioned workshops like these are great ways to cultivate your interest and improve your results.
Capturing landscapes is an exciting process, and even if you can’t capture the scene exactly you remember it, photographs are essential to preserving a scene and sharing it with others.
In the end, it all boils down to two rules: Do not harm the landscape, and do not deceive your viewers. Although I hope that your specific standards will be more nuanced than that, this is a perfectly reasonable place to start, and one that most photographers have already put into practice.
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