Landscape Photography with Pedro Kin
by Dave Mobbs – October 31st, 2018
People often ask me what does it take to shoot great landscape images? The answer may vary from person to person, as there are so many variables and key components in landscape photography, but here are some of what I would call my top tips:
When looking for that perfect place to shoot, I spend a lot of hours on Google looking at locations, checking other artists’ work and highlighting specific places I want to go. Once I get to the location I do my recon and even more research. I often go during the day to a location to decide on a few specific compositions I would like to shoot, and then usually return at sunrise/sunset. With that done beforehand I don’t waste any time when I get there to get that perfect shot.
Patience and persistency
Standing for 3 hours in freezing temperatures is not for everyone. Most people don’t even have the patience to wait with me for 1 hour while I wait for the sunset, let alone a sunrise. Sometimes you can wake up at 3 am to get down to a location to then arrive and the conditions are less than ideal. I will often return the next day and the day after that if I can, until I get the right conditions. I’ve even hiked to places just to arrive there and not even take the camera out of my bag. It just goes to show that in landscape photography, patience really is key; it’s always worth it in the end!
In landscape photography, it is all about balance; a nice blend of background and foreground. I like to get to a location and not take my camera out straight away; I like to walk back and forth for a few minutes before I decide where I want to shoot from. People often rush into getting the most obvious photo while they are missing great opportunities. That is why I always like to look for the best composition, and I often change my position throughout the shoot to do so. Back in the day I used to stay in one location for long periods of time to arrive home and have 100 Images from the same place with very little difference; nowadays I like to be more dynamic.
After all the work above, I get home and I start on some post-processing on my photos. I use Photoshop and Lightroom and I can spend 5 minutes to weeks on this process depending on the look and feel I want to give to a particular photo. Just note that lazy post-processing can make a big difference on a photo.
The last step for me is to print my work. I love the feeling when my work is printed out, either for a client or for myself; but that also comes with its challenges. I learned the hard way that not having a calibrated monitor can cost me time and money.
It was not until I started selling prints and held my first exhibition that I realised that some of my photos didn’t print quite the same as I could see them on the screen. At first I thought it was just lousy printing, but then just before my first exhibition I viewed the photos I was going to display on a calibrated monitor and soon realised my mistake. Ever since then my monitors are always calibrated with an i1Display Pro, and I make sure my colours are as accurate as possible, so I won’t have that problem ever again. You should also note that screens lose their calibration over time, so I do re-calibrate my monitors regularly just to be sure.
I hope these tips have been useful. Happy shooting!
Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him chasing the light in the most beautiful mountains, forests and fjords of Europe. Favouring the cold landscapes and the raw nature of northern Europe, the weather does not stop him from going after the perfect shot — be it the northern lights in the Lofoten Islands, a snowy beach in Lithuania or a powerful waterfall in Iceland. When not travelling the world with his camera, Pedro is found back home helping others improve their photography and editing skills through personalised one-to-one online courses.
Find out more about Pedro at – https://pedrokinphotography.com