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Capturing a photograph involves making certain key decisions before pressing the shutter button. Composition, perspective, lighting, and exposure are all important factors to consider, among many others, depending on the scene you want to photograph. Keeping these considerations in your thought process when photographing can really make a difference in the final image.
Taking a snapshot is an easy approach but it often results in ordinary, unremarkable shots. Carefully visualizing a frame and working a scene can reward you with a bunch of shots that is likely going to contain a keeper, a shot that is close to (and sometimes exactly) how you imagined the photograph.
This post is a collection of some amazing photographs taken by internationally acclaimed travel photographer, Mitchell Kanashkevich. Every single image you see here tells a story that Mitchell envisioned and wanted the viewer to see. As photographers, we know that every great image has a ‘back story'- about how it came out to be, how the photographer approached the scene and how it was post-processed to create the final image. Gaining such insights into a photograph can arguably help you learn much faster than any generic photography tutorial can.
Mitchell has put together an eBook called Powerful Imagery that deconstructs each of the fifteen images shown in this post and discusses the different approaches that went into achieving the final image. Take a look at the eBook here. For now, let's sit back and enjoy these wonderful photos!
(All images © Mitchell Kanashkevich)
Closer to Gods, Rah Island, Vanuatu. Settings: ISO 200, 20 mm, f/5, 1/640s
The Climb, Rah Island, Vanuatu. Settings: ISO 1000, 20 mm, f/2.8, 1/250s
Holy Man, Maheshwar, India. Settings: ISO 100, 70 mm, f/4, 1/160s
Pilgrim's Devotion, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Settings: ISO 640, 200mm, f/8, 1/80s
Sulfur Miner, Ijen Crater, Indonesia. Settings: ISO 200, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/800s
Morning Catch, Madura Island, Indonesia. Settings: ISO 250, 24 mm, f/9, 1/80s
The Chess Match, Budapest, Hungary. Settings: ISO 1600, 35 mm, f/2.8, 1/50s
Wrestlers, Kolhapur, India. Settings: ISO 1000, 62 mm, f/2.8, 1/160s
Bidi Smoke, Rajasthan, India. Settings: ISO 400, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/125s
Fire Walker, Kerala, India. Settings: ISO 1000, 52 mm, f/2.8, 1/320s
Make-up Session, Kerala, India. Settings: ISO 1600, 65 mm, f/2.8, 1/40s
Spear Fisherman, Panay, Philippines. Settings: ISO 1000, 16 mm, f/5, 1/320s
Chopping Pumpkins, Maramures, Romania. Settings: ISO 800, 20 mm, f/3.2, 1/50s
An Ethiopian Welcome, Geralta, Ethiopia. Settings: ISO 2500, 16 mm, f/7.1, 1/40s
Darkness Over the Mountains, Spiti Valley, India. Settings: ISO 500, 85 mm, f/8, 37s
Create Powerful Images Like The Ones Above
If you've ever felt that your images lack impact, and wanted to know how successful photographers produce amazing results with effortless consistency, take a look at acclaimed travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich's Powerful Imagery guide. In this guide, Mitchell walks you through the thought process of creating captivating images by deconstructing 15 of his favorite images (shown above) made over the past decade. This guide will improve your skill as a photographer no matter what level you are at. Click here now to check it out.