Episode 32: Creativity in Landscape Photography ft. Alister Benn

Peggy Farren 2017-04-14

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Show Notes for Episode 32: Creativity in Landscape Photography ft. Alister Benn

"Creativity is directly linked to our personal development. As we grow as people, we grow as artists."


Making a Career in Photography
- Understand business.
- Be a good photographer.
- Have an awareness of your niche.
- Have something to give that’s of value.
-Be passionate about the people you want to interact with.
-Be flexible, understand that the marketplace changes and is not always going to be dependable.

Develop a “Look”
- Understand the purpose of utility and that images have a need in the world.
- Show the majesty and beauty of a place and make it significant.
-Interpret the landscape in a personal way. Make images that show people how YOU see the world.
-Look for something in the composition of your images that moves you and evokes an emotion.
- Process the images to make them ‘feel’ different and more expressive.
- Your work is a reflection of your changing mood. Your images can be processed according to the
adjectives that describe it: light, frivolous and optimistic, or deep, meaningful and mysterious.

Psychology of Visual Design
- How we arrange things in the frame (color, contrast, transitions) can control the impact the photo has on the viewer.
- We have a subconscious reaction to geometry based on context. For example, seeing trees that are leaning in toward each other can give the viewer a more enclosed or connected feeling than trees that are vertical.

eBook “Seeing the Unseen: How to Photograph Landscapes at Night”

- There are 4 phases of available moonlight per month that require a different approach based on available light and subject matter. For example, a white sandy beach reflects more light than a dark canyon.

- To assess how long the exposure should be, take a high ISO test shot: 1600 ISO, 30 sec., F 2.8
Look at the histogram to assess the amount of light and the luminosity of the subjects. Adjust your exposure and ISO: increased exposure time needs a decrease in ISO or decrease exposure time when more light is available.

When trying to understand a new processing technique, PRACTICE until it comes naturally. You’re better able to creatively see what’s around you when you’re not focusing on the technical.

www.AvailableLightImages.com Alister’s travel and tourist site features experiential images that show a more broad representation of the location.

www.AlisterBenn.com showcases more isolated and personal images that are more introspective in nature and is a frequently updated record that changes with his experiences.

6 eBooks (iBooks) available through iTunes including “Seeing the Unseen: How to Photograph Landscapes at Night” and “A Complete Guide to Seascape Photography” both of which are also available through Amazon in Kindle editions

See you next week for episode 33!

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