Landscape Photography Vlogs

Landscape Photography in the Snow - Winter in North Yorkshire

Snow is the the theme of this landscape photography vlog. I travel to Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire to make the most of some winter conditions and talk about how I capture landscapes in the snow.

Snow Challenges

Landscape photography in the snow can present some genuine challenges. Firstly the cold causes problems and in this shoot pretty much all my gear stopped functioning by the end of the day. It seems obvious to say, but snow is wet. It just doesn’t feel wet when it is falling out of the sky. The snow had been falling on me, my gear and my bag all day and, by the end, everything was wet to the core.

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Technical Challenges

Secondly there are the technical challenges to shooting in snow. This mainly comes in the form of exposure and white balance. When shooting in the snow the highlights created by the light reflecting off the snow can really confuse the camera’s meter. Putting your camera into manual mode is a must. Using the LCD and Histogram in Liveview will then help you get in right place with exposure. I always shoot in RAW which gives me a large amount of adjustment to exposure in post-production. With white balance, cameras often tend to capture snow with a very blue tint. You see this a lot on TV and it can be used purposefully to add to the cold feeling of the scene. However, have you ever seen blue snow? Again, shooting in RAW provides full control of white balance in post production and I always aim to bring my images to match the scene I visualised at the time ie with white snow. In the last shot of the day the snow had a slightly yellow, orange warm glow to it when it was bathed in the evening sun.

Location, Location, Location

In the video I also talk about shooting from the same location on numerous occasions. I am often asked how I find locations and do I run out of places to shoot. I am a big fan of returning to the same place and capturing an image of it over and over again. Capturing a scene in the different seasons, in different weather, in different light will produce very different photographs and the one you make on the 15th time of asking might be the one that really pops and gains attention.

Happy New Year

Finally I’d just like to wish you a very happy new year. I hope good things happen to you in 2018 and I look forward to running into you out in the landscape. Thank you so much for subscribing, watching, commenting and sharing. It means a lot.

Bored of Landscape Photography and Finding a New Perspective

Ever been bored with landscape photography? I have, so todayI head out early to rediscover my passion during a sunrise shoot in NorthYorkshire.

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Burn Out

Over the last year I have shot landscape photography every week of the year and have shared all those experiences with you. Now I am feeling burnt out. It is a classic symptom of repetition and sometimes a break is required to rediscover a passion whilst exploring other avenues. The other week I was in the Lake District observing a perfectly beautiful sunrise and I just didn’t feel inspired. The drive to get out has just not been there since then. This happens to many photographers and is often something I go through towards the end of the Autumn. The colours have almost gone but the icy wintery nature has yet to arrive. 

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A need to create

Despite this I feel unfulfilled unless I am creating. Sitting around on the couch is not an option for me. I need to pour my efforts into other pursuits. You may have noticed I have not been vlogging for a few weeks and have instead focused on other areas of photography including water drop sand tech reviews. Hopefully you have found these videos useful and enjoyed them. They have given me the break from landscape photography I needed and also a break from the hours and hours I spend in the car.

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Finding a new perspective

In the video today I have rediscovered my mojo with a trip to the North York Moors national park. The weather was showing good signs and the trek up Hawnby Hill Crag in the darkness was well worth it for the sunriseI witnessed. I was also joined by a slightly creepy animal friend and captured some lovely Drone footage. It remains to be seen if my landscape photography passion is back in full force, but if not, it is well on the way.

If you are feeling in a rut leave a comment down below and let me know and we’ll see what we can do to get you out of it.

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Landscape Vlogs

My video photography blogs are designed to entertain and document how I go about capturing my work. If it provides landscape photography tips and inspiration along the way then please share it with your friends so more people can benefit from the content. If you enjoyed this photography vlog I would really appreciate it if you subscribed to the channel so you can come along for the journey.

Landscape Photography - Early starts and stunning sunrises

A Stunning Birthday Sunrise

An insanely early start on my birthday pays off with some amazing light and a stunning sunrise in this landscape photography vlog.

Getting up early to shoot landscape photography is never easy. Some days though, when you are rewarded with an incredible sunrise, it all becomes worth it. Then comes the hard work of making the the most of the available light.

Sunrise photography can often be harder than capturing a sunset. Shooting sunsets affords the luxury of watching the light develop, providing time to get into the right location and compose a shot. Sunrises on the other hand often develop quickly as the sun comes up. Composing the shot in relative darkness provides it’s own challenges as you have to predict how things will look once they are bathed in sunlight.

Filey, North Yorkshire

In this vlog I get up very early and travel to Filey on the East coast of England. My aim is to capture some beautiful seascape photography that makes the most of the stunning sunrise. Coastal images lend themselves perfectly to sunrise and sunset shots as the sea and water reflect all the colour and increase the impact of your image. I find a nice composition at Filey Brigg. To learn more about composition you can check out some of my best landscape photography tutorials on the channel.

Now that Spring has hit I also wanted to tell that story, using one of the classic signs of Spring, the daffodil. Happily there was a good number of daffodills growing on Filey Brigg so I composed a couple of images to try and make the best of these beautiful flowers.

360 Degree Views

Of course, there are also some 360 degree views, all the way around!

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Striving for the killer shot - Landscape Photography Vlog

Landscape photography vlog in the North York Moors

I go out hunting for a killer sunset photograph in this landscape photography vlog.

In this landscape photography video blog I travel to the North York Moors to capture a big sunset photograph for the day. When heading out in this capacity you are always at the total mercy of the weather and how the end of the day will play out. Amazing sunsets are not common so photographing that special moment includes an element of luck. To get the killer shot you still need to have a good composition, an artistic idea of what you want to achieve and actually physically being in the right place at the right time. You will not capture amazing images sitting on your sofa.

There will be times when your landscape photography trips end without bagging a killer shot, in fact, probably most times. These occasions should still be viewed as positive. Focus on the learning that has taken place, the fresh air and experience you have benefitted from and you will likely still come home with a decent image in the can.

Invest in your photography

I have talked before about investing in your photography. Committing your time to heading out to capture landscape photographs is a big part of that. If you accept in advance that you may only capture a killer shot once every few times you head out, then we can define this as success. One good image in a day is a success. When the trips and the years start adding up, your portfolio of great landscape images will follow suit.

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Landscape Photography - Sunrise and Long Exposures

Landscape photography vlog at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire.

In this landscape photography vlog we head out at the crack of dawn to capture the sunrise and some amazing long exposure photography.

In this photography video blog I travel to Flamborough Head cliffs in North Yorkshire in search of some great landscape photography, a sunrise and some long exposures. My plan is to get up early, film the vlog, capture the images and create some time lapse videos.

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Close Encounters of the Animal Kind - Vlog No.3

The third episode of the First Man Vlog. 

In this video I pursue a personal photography project that I have been intending to chase down for a significant time.

Personal projects are in important part of photography. You can grind out a living shooting jobs and easily forget why you loved photography in the first place. Indulging in a personal project will remind you why you loved photography in the first place.

In the video I head to my home town in North Yorkshire to take a panoramic view of the town from a cliff overlooking it all. It is a spot that holds a dear place in my heart. It is the perfect place to sit, to ponder and reflect on your life.

It also proved to be a good opportunity to film a tutorial on how to of panoramic photography - https://www.firstmanphotography.com/tutorials/panorama-photography

Sadly I had very little time for this today due to my ridiculous schedule thanks to a roundabout journey that ended today in the beautiful city of Durham.

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