Photography Tips


I’ve shared lots of sunset photography tips before, and often received the following question.  Shouldn’t we face west because the sun is in the west?  I believe there’s an easier answer for this: it depends! In my former article Best Time To Capture Different Themes, I talked about the best time to photograph clouds. Half an hour before sunrise, or half an hour after sunset, typically gives the best colors.  However...

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If you are an experienced amateur or professional photographer, you might have tried long exposure photography already.  You also might know that long exposure is typically created during dim light conditions, or for night photography, or for specific subjects, such as oceans & beaches or waterfalls.  With this knowledge in mind, how do you maximize your photo experience during travels or vacation, particularly during the day...

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I have shared numerous landscape photos on my social media, such as G+, Twitter, Facebook, and the camera settings for various pictures.  Although all the settings are different, there’s a holistic approach how to create the best landscape photos, which I’d like to share today.  Below are typically my 10-step process – of course it doesn’t feel like so many steps in the field once you are familiar with your...

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Circular Polarizer (CLP) can boost sky colors and contrast but could be very tricky to use.  Common issues include vignetting on your photo corners and uneven light bands in the sky.  The following five circumstances are what typically caused the problems. 1. Shooting in the wrong angle The polarizing effect is directly related to the angle from the sun.   They work best at 90° to the sun.  If you take a picture with the sun behind...

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Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier and national park, covering 13% of Iceland.  The Ice Cave Tour operated by Local Guide is designed for photographers only, because you’ll probably be bored to be thrown into a cave for 2-3 hours and discover whatever you want by yourself.  I was one of the eight photographers in my group. Since March is typically the end of season for the ice cave tour, water was dripping at the cave...

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Photographing Bruarfoss was not difficult, but finding it was! When I compiled my To-Do list in Iceland before the trip, photographing Bruarfoss was among those on top of the list.  However, during the 2nd and 3rd step of my planning process (see details of Six Critical Steps To Plan Your Landscape Photography Trip In Iceland), I could not find it anywhere.  I remembered a similar experience last year looking for Bonsai Rock along...

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In my recent post, I’ve shared Six Critical Steps To Plan Your Landscape Photography Trip In Iceland.  Today I’d like to further elaborate how you use the information collected from those six steps and plan your landscape photo activities and maximize the quality of your landscape photos When photographing mountains… … You want to stand to the east of the mountain during sunrise, or to the west of the mountain...

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Photographing waterfall typically was fun, but not in Iceland, not in the wind. If you know you’ll take a two week trip with snow or rain storm every day, when you see colors in the sky like this, I bet you’ll feel excited.  I didn’t know about this until the end of my landscape photography tour to Iceland.  Fortunately, I was diligent enough to capture every single color I could see every morning and evening,...

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I recently led a landscape photography workshop in Iceland.  As mentioned in my trip description, I have shared my 3P Creation Process with my workshop participants.  (See definition of my 3P Creation Process) My 1st and 3rd P were easily addressed indoors, and the 2nd P was addressed in the field.  In order to better help everyone to digest the 1st P – Planning and Logistics, the most important factor that sets apart a great...

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In the past 7 years, I have owned 6 camera bags, 4 for landscape photography and 2 for portrait photography.  As you can see from the following pictures, the size of my camera bags grew bigger as I delved deeper into my photography journey.   In this article, I’ll mainly talk about camera bags for landscape photographers (I carry very different gear for portrait works and even use different bag so it will be a different article...

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