Category Archives: Photo Location Guides

Photographing at Smoky Mountains Tennessee (Plus Photography Workshop Tips)

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A photography workshop will bring many fun and possibly even surprising benefits to photographers at all levels. In the last few months, I participated in two completely different workshops from a geographic perspective. Across both workshops, the audience included photographers with many years of film and digital experience, photographers who serve as judges in regional competitions, global photographers and those new to the craft.

How to Select a Travel Photography Workshop: A Costa Rican Experience

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When we get to plan our vacations around photography, life gets a little bit better. Now combine your photography passion with an epic destination like Costa Rica led by seasoned, acclaimed global photographers. Add another element – building a few new “PFFs” (Photography Friends Forever) from multiple countries. And lastly, toss in a plethora of diverse, creative images plus new skills to your personal portfolio. This magical combination is what you can and should expect when you select the right workshop for your needs. You’ll find experienced instructors who readily offer relevant suggestions and hands-on coaching from camera settings to post processing.

A Photographer’s Guide to London: Part One

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“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” A cliche perhaps and what is not mentioned is how tiring London can be. That said, it is a phenomenally photogenic city, a place where you can photograph Roman ruins alongside some of the most modern architecture on the planet. It is a place of pomp yet poverty, a place where any photographer will find his subjects in abundance. A few weeks ago, I shared my experience of a stock photo shoot in London. In this two part series we are going to give you some ideas on the logistics and locations of shooting in London. Starting with this article, we will take a look at the logistics of shooting in this vast city.

6 Places Every Photographer Should Visit At Least Once In Their Lifetime

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Photography and travel seem like they go hand in hand. There are so many gorgeous locations in the world, it’s hard not to want to photograph them all. Unfortunately, for most of us, our schedules and budget won’t allow us to jetset around the world in search of the perfect photograph. That’s why we have to make bucket lists. Of course, we’ll all be drawn to different types of environments—some like tropical, some like snow, some of us prefer the forest to the beach—but, here’s a quick list of some of the most traveled to locations by photographers.

Abstract Nature Photography: 3 Effective Tips to Create Captivating Images

Pelican's wings by ©Sheen's Nature Photography

Abstract art separates reality of a subject through the use of imagery. Instead of an accurate, concrete image, abstract art instead conveys feeling, mood, color, movement and/or texture. While there is not a hard and fast definition of abstract nature photography, we can apply the principals found in abstract art to create captivating images. Exploring and using an abstract approach in nature photography positively impacts our creativity in 1) composition, 2) use of color, movement, lines and texture, and 3) post-processing. When delving into abstract, a key tip is to bring the focus to the elements of the subject versus the subject itself.

The Stock Shoot Diaries: Ghent and Bruges

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This post follows on from my earlier article on my stock shoot in London. My next destination was Belgium and, in particular, Ghent and Bruges. Although well covered by stock photography, I still felt that it would be possible to get some marketable images from these locations, especially from Ghent, my first destination. Read on to know how my experience was, shooting stock photographs in these two lovely cities.

The Stock Shoot Diaries: London

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London in August, what could possibly go wrong? The weather, of course. I had planned a two week break to visit family and to shoot stock in my birth city, something I had never really done before. Generally, London in late August the weather is fairly benign and reliable, late August 2014 proved to be not quite so co-operative.

Photographing Lava, Stars, Landscape and Wildlife at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When the lava is flowing into the ocean, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a sight to behold and when it’s not quite reaching the water, it’s still equally grand. While the red hot lava is unarguably one of the main draws to the park, there are plenty of other sights to be photographed. From the expansive landscapes to endangered wildlife there’s enough to keep you shooting all day and well into the night.