Landscape Photography ThemesTopics of landscape photography
When you ask a professional what kind of pictures he or she is taking, the most common response is to ask for a listing of different topics. That would not be a cause for concern, except that a wide exposure often results in a sub-optimal unfocused assettfolio. Sure, the whole earth is full of marvels to take pictures of, but how many of us have the spare moment to take every bough on the roads?
My twenty-five years of lecturing in photography and portfolio review have not often seen works presented in a rigorously revised and conceptually succinct way. Over the past few years, through the ongoing course of giving an on-line course (see closing remarks below), I have found a good way to enhance your photography and give it more attention - by identifying the most important topics in your photography collection and creating sophisticated and succinct collections of the topics that best inspired you.
From my learning experiences, I know that many professional and professional photographers profit from this more targeted way of producing, organising and promoting their work. In the first stage of this procedure, we identify which themes are already present in your photos. Once you've identified which are the most exciting, the next stage is to create a portfolio of pictures that present your best work.
A topic that I have been following since I began making pictures 35 years ago is pattern in nature. Actually, my photos were used to illuminate the topic in a novel called By Nature's Design. Even though I took many new pictures for the album, my data included many previously taken pictures reflecting my interest in the topic.
It'?s a topic I still follow today: Design by Nature's portofolio. It' s important to consider which topics are REALLY important to you, topics you are most ardent about. It can be a wide topic, such as woods or as small as grass, but the most important thing is to concentrate on one topic and take photographs with the intention of making a folder.
My definitions of a portofolio can take many shapes and uses - a small print portofolio boxes, a small print books, a slideshow or maybe a photo album. If I work on the criticism of a students, I often find some good pictures blended with many smaller ones. Overall appearance is less pronounced, the lower the grade, the lower the overall appearance.
If I extract the fainter pictures and then put the best ones aside to create a more powerful mix, the shooter immediately becomes a better one! A good cut, even when only two or three "best" pictures are put aside, increases the photographer's feeling for his performance and skill. Perhaps if you think of a leader of a workshop looking over your shoulders as you work, you'll be more selected!
For me, the most lasting topic is the one I have been developing over two centuries and publishing in books - Landscapes of the Spirit. Even though the eBook has been out of stock for many years, I recently launched an e-book edition - Landscapes of the Spirit - Digital Edition.
I' m continuing to work on the subject: Sceneries of the Spirit - Volume Two. We have two major demands for creating a powerful portfolios. Firstly, there must be a single issue. You could, for example, choose a topic of landscape related to it. Potential pictures could be cascades, streams, lakes or the sea.
And the second criteria is that there should be no picture that is of lower resolution than another. Keep in mind that in any given moment in which you show your work, large pictures are watered down by the mean pictures you could use to "fill in" your slide show and the overall appearance of your photography is diminished.
It is my wish that more photographical guidance emphasizes the importance of processing. And the next thing to do is go through your data to find your best "water landscapes" or whatever topic you've selected. But if you stick to my second assumption, you'll find the processing hard! Don't be amazed if you only find a few pictures of the same high resolution.
You, the artiste, are the ultimative writer, but you may find it invaluable to have your work reviewed by other, more seasoned professionals, such as a workshople leader. Now you should have the basis for your asset allocation, be it two or twenty pictures, and a base line from which you can gauge your performance.
And if you keep photographing for the portfolios, your design, exploration, and picture design will focus on the topic. When refining and expanding your topic, consider the equilibrium and consistency of topic, illumination, composition styles, scales, and overall delicacy. The new pictures are benchmarked against your quality standard and can be added to the product range if they meet the requirements.
In the course of our development, some new pictures may be able to substitute the originals as the overall picture qualities of the portfolios increase. Pictures that are endured, that still inspire you, stay in the product range. If you often evaluate this set of first-class pictures, you can see your advancement and be awarded by it. What should be the number of photos in a given photo book?
How large a portfolios is will depend on the type of presentations and the public. When you create a textbook, either to hand it in to a publishing house or to have it printed or published yourself, the need for at least 40-50 outstanding pictures makes perfect business for me. When you create a gift boxes with your own artwork, either for yourself or for presenting in a photo galleries, I suggest a smaller number, e.g. 20-30 photos.
It' important that you do your research by asking how many photos the owner, gallerist or writer wants to see. See Mary Virginia Swanson's The Business Of Photography for a great resource on how to market your art: A photo of me shown here has taken a place among my selected trees.
Like so often with me, the creation of this picture began with the exploration and feeling of wonder. The judgement I make about the picture is based on: the general technological qualities; that I find the picture as good as my best photos of trees; and that the picture connects me back to the exalted feeling of being there.
As soon as you have researched a topic in detail, and hopefully you have seen your own visions of the topic growing and growing together, you will probably find other topics in your work to evolve into new portfolio. I' m always reflecting on topics in my own work that I want to evolve!
If you think creatively in this direction, you may be led to topics that evolve from your own passion that other photographs have not yet explored. While the first stage of creation comes with picture making, the next stage comes with processing and organizing pictures in a way that reflects the photographer's own individual styles and perspectives.
Discover your passions, deepen them, work on them thoroughly! Put simply: Fokussieren! Photographers have the job of exploring, photographing and sharing the many interesting facets of our life and work. There are two sites that show my work portraits. This grouping can help you to visualise the concept of a real estate portfoli.
Even though there may be many different views on different pictures, try to find a balanced relationship between the theme and constant image when looking at topical works or exhibitions by photographs that you like. Please note: My on-line portfolio is relatively large, chosen for a wide variety of web audiences and not closely targeted to particular publishing houses or arteries.
Choose a topic that you passionately share and that shows your own individual visions. As you begin to browse your pictures, you should consider both your technique and your emotions. Attempt to evaluate each photograph½s performance in relation to the other choices within the topic, so that the group is of the same or almost the same level of excellence.
Work on streamlining a topic of your choice to build a cohesive group and refine the design of the themes. If, for example, you decide to make a folder called Waters, the balance of your editing might contain photos showing the many ways we see Waters in Action. Photos may contain icing, fog, falls, waves, reflection, blurry long exposure times, quick exposure times, freezing etc.
When you find loopholes in your interpretations of your subject, you are assigning yourself to take new pictures to close the loopholes. I' m teaching an 8-week course titled Portfolios Development for BetterPhoto.com. Its aim is to guide the students through an intense phase of topic conception, the processing of new and earlier works, and the development of a powerful topical portfolios.
If you want more information about Landscapes of Mind - Digital Edition, please check out my website. You are also invited to join my Photoblog on the Landscape, where I shared my thoughts on photography and published my latest pictures. Based in Yosemite National Park since 1977, William Neill is a landscape artist who is dedicated to communicating the profound, sacred beauties that he sees and senses in nature.
Neill's award-winning photography has been featured in publications such as book lets, periodicals, diaries, posters, as well as temporary editions, and his print works have been gathered and displayed in nationwide museum and gallery collections, such as the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill was awarded the Ansel Adams Prize of the Sierra Club for Conservative Photography in 1995.