2 ESSENTIAL LENSES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

2 ESSENTIAL LENSES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

How many lenses do you really need for landscape photography? I really believe that two lenses is enough for the vast majority of landscape photography, and that that, the less gear we haul up a mountain with us, the lighter we travel, the clearer our mind is to make images when we get to our destination.

ICELAND - THE HIGHLANDS WORKSHOP

ICELAND - THE HIGHLANDS WORKSHOP

Early in the summer I was in Iceland running a couple of workshops. The first was around Iceland’s famous ring-road but the second saw us switch to a modified Land Rover Defender and head into the depths of the Highlands.

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

There are certain tips and pieces of advice that I find myself giving more than anything else during workshops or in response to email enquiries, and in this video I've tried to put them all together.

LAOWA 9MM f2.8 REVIEW - VIDEO

LAOWA 9MM f2.8 REVIEW - VIDEO

Since I switched to the Fuji system three years ago I've been on the lookout for a lens that I can use for shooting stars and the aurora, and while the XF14mm f2.8 is a superb lens, it's not quite wide enough for me.  

ICELAND - LAND OF FIRE & ICE WORKSHOP

ICELAND - LAND OF FIRE & ICE WORKSHOP

Back in June and July I ran a two eight day workshops in Iceland, home to some of the most dramatic and photogenic landscapes on the planet.  It's always a pleasure to return to Iceland, and showing it to people on a workshop for the first time, seeing people just go "wow, what an amazing place" is  one of the best parts of my job.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ICELAND

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ICELAND

Last month I spent around 3 weeks in Iceland running a couple of landscape photography workshops there.  Between the two workshops we had a day off and along with a couple of the participants, I decided to take the opportunity to do a photography flight above the river deltas and highlands.  It's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years and it really didn't disappoint.

NEW ARCTIC CIRCLE & NORTHERN LIGHTS WORKSHOP

NEW ARCTIC CIRCLE & NORTHERN LIGHTS WORKSHOP

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be teaming up with Jonas Paurell of Vagabond Expeditions to run a photography expedition to the Arctic Circle in February next year.  We'll be using dog sleds, snow-mobiles and snowshoes to explore Swedish Lapland, meeting the semi-nomadic reindeer herding Sámi communities and experiencing the northern lights in this incredible winter landscape.

FUJIFILM X-H1 REVIEW - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

FUJIFILM X-H1 REVIEW - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

I borrowed the Fujifilm X-H1 last month and spent a week shooting with it in Tuscany comparing it with the X-T2, my usual landscape camera. This isn’t an in-depth review of all the cameras specifications and features, rather I focused on the practical differences I noticed between the two cameras while using them in the field.

TUSCANY IN SPRING WORKSHOP

TUSCANY IN SPRING WORKSHOP

Earlier this month I was one of the co-leaders on the Light Explorers' Tuscany In Spring workshop.  We spent five days at a fantastic hotel just outside San Quirico d'Orcia with an awesome group of people shooting amongst the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany

WORKSHOPS ON LISBON'S WILD COAST

WORKSHOPS ON LISBON'S WILD COAST

I’ve just returned from leading a workshop in the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany and next month I’ll be in Iceland to lead two workshops in some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.  However, when I’m not travelling I often lead small or 1-to-1 workshops in my home city of Lisbon and on the coast here.

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 2

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 2

Pretty soon into our  trip to Lofoten we realized the sunrises were oftern something special there.  The high latitude means that the sun rises quite slowly above the ocean casting it’s light almost horizontally onto the snowy peaks and bouncing off the bottom of any clouds.  It really is wonderful.

USING LIGHT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

USING LIGHT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

Light is the raw material of photography and “good light” is something all landscape photographers seek.  In this video I take a look at the quality of light at different times of day and in different weather conditions, focusing on the golden hour, the blue hour and overcast light.

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 1

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 1

Back at the beginning of March I headed to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway with Kostas and Konstantinos, my colleagues from Light Explorer Photography Workshops, to spend some time shooting in this incredible place. There’s something about snow covered landscapes that’s so incredibly evocative, especially since where I live in Lisbon winter just means grey clouds and rain.

FUJIFILM X-E3 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON TO THE X-T20

FUJIFILM X-E3 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON TO THE X-T20

Earlier last month I took the Fujifilm X-E3 with me on my trip to northern Norway’s Lofoten Islands to put it through it’s paces shooting landscapes. The X-E3 is a really similar camera to the X-T20 and recently I’ve been getting a few questions about which to get and what the differences are, so after Fujifilm kindly offered to lend me one I took the X-E3 with me on the trip in place of my usual X-T20.

VIDEO - HOW TO SHOOT LONG EXPOSURES

VIDEO - HOW TO SHOOT LONG EXPOSURES

Since I first started landscape photography I’ve always enjoyed making long exposure images of water. I love the surreal feel it gives the landscape, and in this video I discuss the gear and technique required to shoot them at one of my favourite locations in Carrasquiera, Portugal

REVIEW - WD MY PASSPORT WIRELESS SSD FOR TRAVELLING PHOTOGRAPHERS

REVIEW - WD MY PASSPORT WIRELESS SSD FOR TRAVELLING PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD is the latest iteration of a portable back up hard drive that WD started with the Ultra a few years ago, and for me is an absolutely essential piece of kit for any travelling photographer.

VIDEO - 6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPES

VIDEO - 6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPES

Wide angles are the obvious choice for a lens when shooting landscapes, but there are plenty of times when you really need to have a telephoto lens in your camera bag to get the most out of a scene.

FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR

FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR

Kicked off 2018 with my first workshop of the year the other week. It’s going to be an exciting year with workshops in Tuscany, Iceland and Italy, as well as trips to Lofoton, and possibly more, planned so far. I always enjoy meeting new people and sharing locations and photography tips with workshop participants is one of the best parts of the job. This time it was a local workshop with some time spent shooting on the west coast, a sunrise at Vasco da Gama bridge and then some street shooting around the old neighbourhood.

STREET SHOOTING IN VENICE WITH A FUJI X-T20

STREET SHOOTING IN VENICE WITH A FUJI X-T20

Back in the autumn Teresa and I spent two weeks in the Dolomite mountains amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. The gateway airport is Venice, a 2 hour drive away from Cortina d’Ampezzo, and it seemed silly to pass through the airport and not spend any time in the city. I’d never actually spent any time there, and Teresa had been there back when she was inter-railing in her 20s, so we booked a few nights in a hotel there after we returned from shooting in the mountains.

THE DOLOMITES PART 2: TRE CIME AND CIVETTA

THE DOLOMITES PART 2:  TRE CIME AND CIVETTA

After leaving Val Gardena we headed east, first through Passo Sella which sits between the peaks of Sassalongo and the cliffs of the Sella towers, then following the hairpin roads twisting down the valley, then up again to the Passo Pordoi and down to the village of Arraba