7 landscape photography tips Nigel Danson wishes he knew from the beginning

While looking through old photos, photographer Nigel Danson realized how far he has come as an artist. In addition to this realization, Danson also considered what sort of lessons he wished he had learned earlier on in the process. In his latest video, seen below, he shares seven simple photography tips he wishes he knew sooner. Hopefully they’ll help beginner photographers progress faster and avoid some mistakes many of us make along the way.

 

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Five Inspirational Landscape Photographers You Should Follow That You Probably Aren’t

Five Inspirational Landscape Photographers You Should Follow That You Probably Aren’t

You probably follow landscape photographers like Daniel Kordan, Max Rive, and Elia Locardi. Their work is phenomenal, but many of the folks that inspire me the most aren’t as well known.

You should absolutely find inspiration from the photographic giants of our time — you’ll find plenty of fantastic content to help you grow. But maintaining a steady diet of not-so-famous photographers will help you enjoy their work without the rose-colored glasses we tend to wear when we see someone with 100k+ followers. It will even help you avoid survivorship bias, a cognitive bias that causes us to draw illogical conclusions from successes and ignore the more pressing lessons from failures.


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Ansel Adams invented sweeping American landscape photography. How he started will surprise

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941.  Photograph

He started small.

That’s surprising because Ansel Adams’ name is now shorthand for glorious, epic and ambitious art.

Adams’ black-and-white photographs of America’s most stunning landscapes are moving and massive. And decades after his death, his vision still sells thousands of calendars, posters and books.

But when he first picked up a camera professionally in the 1920s, Adams presented his favorite subject, Yosemite National Park, with a soft, intimate – small, really – scope.

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Turn Failure and Impostor Syndrome Into Your Next Landscape Photography Breakthrough

A few days into my landscape photography trip in Oregon, I hit a creative low. While watching a disappointing sunset, I started journaling some thoughts that helped turn a series of failures into stepping stones.

“Sure, I’m a landscape photographer.” To the layperson, it sounds like I have special insights into nature and meticulously plan gorgeous shots hidden from their eyes.


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