No matter if you shoot landscapes, wild life, portraits, street life, etc. you need to pay a lot of attention to composition, light, selection of scene and basically decide what is in the picture and what is not. That process is essential to get good photos and will require you to walk around a lot to get the viewpoint that will allow you to frame the subjects in an interesting and possibly pleasing way (and not necessarily the aspect ratio of the camera!). Training in seeing can be difficult as it is a process of being critical to your own work. One way is to participate in critique forums where you post your images for critique and critique the work of other photographers. Sometimes such critique can give you thoughts to how to progress in your photography and also frustrate you when the critique doesn't give you a real hint to how to move on. It is also quite useful to logon to internet bookstores like Amazon.com and search for photo books about the big masters and often they can be found at a very good price and have enormous value for you vision. One particular photographer I would recommend to look at is Sebastiao Salgado since he combines in his work many aestetic elements that has value in diffent types of photography, including landscape photography. Searching the internet for great photographers is easy and although the image quality of their work is often not presented very well on the web, it is still a good source for inspiration. Exhibitions as well and not to forget landscape painters. A critical look at landscape painters and how they compose their images can be a great source of inspiration for the landscape photographer. Also many podcasts area available on many photographic subjects. I find the most easy way to find these by using iTunes and look them up in the iTunes Store under Podcasts, Arts and Visual Arts. Many of these are done by experieced educators and photographers and can be a great inspiration to find new angles on your photography.
I have photographed for many years since shooting b/w film and develop in the dark room, however the most intense period has been in the digital age where I would have the full control over the process from taking the image, post process it on my computer and eventually print it in high quality. For me the creative feedback loop of taking images, look at them and repeat the process to get what I would like to see, has been so more productive in the digital age and so much more efficient.
I organize photography workshops in interesting and beatiful places. I'm doing this since I believe that workshops is a very good way to bring together photographers at different levels to get inspiration from meeting other photographers and being presented with some great scenes already preselected when the workshop was organized. This reduces some of the complexity of taking landscape photos, since given an already great landscape and good viewpoint the "rest" is simply taking the picture, however that does including deciding on the specific composition including choosing the lens to use, framing the image and deciding the technical parameters for the shot. This is great fun and an experience on many levels. The total dedication to photogtraphy for some days from (sometimes very) early mornings to late evenings can be a real eye opener and an experience that will last for years in memory. I'm currently organizing workshops in Italy in the national parcs of the Dolomites, Abruzzo and in Tuscany. Information about available workshops can be found here.
I started my photo workshop
activities with the first Abruzzo workshop in October 2008 and since
have had 450+ participants in Abruzzo, Umbria, Tuscany, Sicily, the
Dolomites, Isle of Skye and Lofoten up to the end of 2017 on 57 photo
workshops. In 2017 I have added a new workshop on the Lofoten Islands
in Norway. The format of the workshops have been fine tuned over the
years and the feedback
from the workshop participants have been very good.
A key element in my workshops is
that I always research each location thoroughly to make sure that my
guests will have the best possible shooting locations, the second key
element is repeated photo critique sessions and going back to the same
areas to shoot again to learn from previous efforts. The final key
element is to have a good experience and fun on the workshops where we
share a lot of time together in the cars, on location, in the working
room and at the meals.
The locations are carefully
selected for landscape beauty and for variation. Also for 'robustness'
to weather conditions, nothing is worse than a group of photographers
sitting indoor for days not being able to shoot anything. This has
never happened on any of my workshops. Especially the mountain areas
have a great variation in weather and what would normally be considered
bad weather can turn up with wonderful photographic opportunities.
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I have used both analog and
digital cameras over the years, however since since the point in time
when good quality was possible from digital SLR's I have only used a
DSLR. I'm using Canon gear since at the time when I chose my system
back in 2003, Canon was clearly in the leading position. Today the
situation has changed quite significantly to the point where high-end
quality in 35mm format can be achieved using equipment from Sony, Nikon
and Canon. I have a fairly comprehensive selection of lenses from 11mm
ultra wide angle to a long telephoto lens of 400mm. I have added a
Nikon D810 to my gear to be able to assist the workshop participants
using Nikon better. The D810 is very good camera for landscape. At the
moment I use a Canon 5Ds R in addition to the Nikon.
My previous working life was in
the IT business where I held various international consulting and
management positions within Tandem Computers, Compaq and Hewlett
Packard. I'm now the owner of HansKrusePhotography.
All images in the galleries on
this site are for sale. Please click the buy button and you will see
the available options for print and licensing the images.
I publish pictures on my Facebook page,
500px, Google+ and Flickr. In addition
to my main homepage which you are browsing now, I have pictures from
each of my workshops and research trips on Zenfolio.
You can contact me via e-mail