Nick Oman Photography - A Blog About Nature And Landscape Photography


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series: Post-processing

Editing is almost as important to landscape photography as capturing the image on the camera in the first place. The reason is that so much of how the final photograph feels and looks can be decided with your edits. Whether it's simple contrast and color correction or a full blown blending of three exposures this is where we decide how we want the scene to be interpreted by a viewer.

Once all of the files have been loaded onto the computer the post-processing
workflow can begin. My preference is to load and catalog through Lightroom first. Here I'll adjust for lens correction, white balance, fine tune exposure, and adjust the vibrance and clarity.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series: Composition

The rule of thirds is the starting point for almost all compositions. As a landscape photographer it will become second nature very quickly. The rule is basically this, line up the horizon on either the bottom thirds or the top thirds and any prominent subject on the right or left thirds of the scene.

While using the grid lines on the LCD of the camera don't worry too much if they are dead on, if it will cause the loss of an important part of the image. In the photo above I included the top curve of the clouds at the expense of the horizon being at the exact top thirds.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series: How?

So you've been out taking photos of everything. Beautiful rivers, parks and nature, but the photos aren't doing any justice to the scenes that unfolded before you. We have all this gear, we know where to go, and we know the best time to shoot. Now we just need to combine it all with some technique, creativity and a lot of persistence in order to capture it all on camera.

ISO 100 16mm f/16 for .7 seconds

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series:Where?

Want breathtaking photos? Well the simple answer to making beautiful images is to photograph beautiful places. It may sound stupid, but trying to make an awe inspiring photo in your backyard is going to take either an amazing backyard or a lot of luck, creativity, and Photoshop skills.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series: When?

Welcome to the world of chasing the sky. It's Ironic that a landscape photographer has to focus more attention on what's happening in the sky above than on the land below. But it's the light from the sky that will make the most of your images going forward and for the most part it can be planned.

The magical "Golden Hour" as you may have heard over and over again is the hour of soft light the sun gives subjects as it rises and sets. So show up a half hour before sunrise or sunset, take a couple shots, and your a photographic icon. OK now back to reality, in order to get the most possibilities from a location I like to break it down into a two hour window for shooting. Don't forget to give yourself enough time to hike into the location and set up everything.

Landscape photography by Nick Oman Photography.
Blue Hour

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series: Other Essential Gear

So now that you have your camera and lenses mostly set, you need something to hold it perfectly still for all those long exposures. The tripod is the quintessential landscape photographer's tool. Picture all the greats holding there massive 8x10's on solid wood tripods, now fast forward to today and the tripod is becoming less and less needed with high ISO's and crazy good image stabilization. If you want tack sharp though, and landscape photography demands tack sharp, a tripod is still a must.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Learn Landscape Photography Series: Camera and Lenses

You might not like what I have to say about your current camera. So if you are happy with your camera stop reading and wait for the next post in the series!!!