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Chris Gampat Shooting Landscapes (1 of 10)

Making your landscape images stand out from the pack isn’t exactly simple to do. In fact, landscape photography can either be the simplest or one of the most complicated forms of photography depending on how you approach it. It involves careful composition, lots of painstaking time, exploration, and commitment to getting the right image.

More than anything else though, landscape photography requires discipline. As a photo editor who views hundreds of images a day and goes through loads and loads of portfolio submissions, I can tell you what happens is that you often end up seeing more and more of the same thing.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica XE product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.5

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Yes, many of you photographers love to complain about vignetting. But you can actually embrace it and use it creatively. We’ve talked about proper techniques to making your images look sharper and making colors pop out more, but another way to emphasize a subject more in an image is to add a vignette to it. Chances are that based on your composition of a scene, the subject will be somewhere around the center or on one of the intersecting points of the rule of thirds. A vignette will make someone stare at your image and complete ignore the blacked out areas.

Of course, this doesn’t need to be a heavy vignette but we can’t tell you how many times we’ve used vignettes on product photos on this site and not a single person has sat there and complained.

If your creative vision calls for it, light vignetting can be a great thing and because of the way the human eye works, it will put higher emphasis on your subject in addition to making them pop out more on a screen or on print.

Beyond this, we recommend bumping up the contrast and tweaking the black levels. But those are all part of the process involving making your images look sharper that we linked to above.

Give it a try: and don’t be afraid to do something that the mainstream may say otherwise.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r review photos brooklyn bridge reddit walk (8 of 14)ISO 1001-60 sec at f - 4.5

Photographing buildings can be tough sometimes when it comes to working with big and crowded cities. Getting to the right spot, composition, and even exposures can vary greatly and what should be a very careful and slow process can sometimes be rushed. But it doesn’t have to feel that way if you just make it a habit to follow a couple of key practices.

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Image by Felix Esser

Fall (or Autumn as many of you prefer to call it) is upon us here in the US. Not only does that mean pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin ales, sweaters and real shoes but it also means that the leaves are changing colors. Instead of the bright color palette that we were used to over the summer, we’re now changing over to slightly darker colors. The leaves are no longer green as they change to yellow, orange and brown.

And the world becomes a plethora of colors. And while many guides focus on that, we’re not going to sit there and get all caught up in that. Instead, we’re actually going to try to teach you something.

Now that the season is upon us, here are some quick tips on photographing these short couple of weeks.

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China Danaxia Landform (1 of 1)

China has often been called a magical place, and if these photos from the Huffington Post are true, it probably really is. This is China’s Danxia mountain range and it is so darn colorful because of the fact that different layers of sediments of stones have been pressed together for years. The photo above is often featured on Bing. The Huffington Post is doubting the authenticity of how beautiful the place is. After some searching on Flickr, we came across this photo. It and others like it offers further evidence that the area is indeed real.

Pretty crazy, huh?

Via the Huffington Post

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MeFOTO Walkabout and Daytrip photos (22 of 22)

MeFOTO has always been a company to lean more towards the colorful side of things–with excellent success as well. And today, the company is taking you into a 1960’s inspired acid trip where you will then walk through the woods and stuff will happen. Well, not really–but that’s sort of the inspiration behind their new MeFOTO Walkabout monopod. It’s actually meant to double as a walking stick while hiking. And as extra proof of that, it incorporates a compass into the head–but that’s detachable so that you can stick your camera or tripod head of your choice onto there. Plus it comes in loads of cool colors to match your Pentax camera.

But that’s not all, they’re also announcing a brand new tripod in the form of their Daytrip tripod. It is a two section tripod designed to get really low down to the ground–which is awesome for bird photographers acting like army snipers. It comes with a single action ballhead and a mini Arca Swiss plate. The Daytrip can support up to 8.8 lbs of weight: which is nice for mirrorless camera users. It comes with its own shoulder case as well, but the tripod is designed to fit fold down very compact and slip into a camera bag (a really big one.)

Tech specs and extra images are after the jump. We’ve been testing the units for around two weeks now, so expect a review to be coming soon.

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