Are You Savoring the Photographic Experience?

There can be a lot of pressure on photographers to get the shot, move on, and get the next one. It's important to remember to enjoy the craft, though. This great video tutorial reminds you to savor the moment. 

Coming to you from Alister Benn of Expressive Photography, this excellent video tutorial discusses the importance of savoring the photography experience. Benn points out a common pattern in seascape photography tutorials — a focus on technical aspects like dramatic lighting, wide angle lenses, and complex post-processing techniques like focus stacking and exposure blending. While acknowledging his own journey through these demanding techniques, he urges viewers to consider the toll it takes on both attention and time spent post-processing.

He confronts the physical demands of traditional seascape photography, particularly as it relates to his gear and personal safety. This realization leads him to advocate for a more relaxed approach, one that involves taking longer exposures which, in turn, provide time for personal reflection and enjoyment of the surroundings. Benn demonstrates this approach with two examples: a dynamic shot with a short shutter speed and a more contemplative image using a 60-second exposure. He walks the viewer through the processing of these images in Lightroom, emphasizing the need for subtle adjustments and the impact of color grading on the mood of the photograph.

This video is more than a technical tutorial; it's an invitation to photographers to rediscover the therapeutic aspects of their craft. Benn suggests that the true essence of landscape photography lies in being present in nature, enjoying its beauty, and finding peace, rather than getting lost in technical complexities, and I wholeheartedly agree. 

For advanced photographers, this video offers a refreshing perspective, encouraging a balance between technical skill and the simple joys of being in nature. It's a reminder that sometimes, the best photograph is the one that allows us to connect deeply with our surroundings, rather than just capturing it.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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For sure, I try to appreciate and enjoy the moment while also capturing the beauty in photos.

I usually do sunrise in the mountains, so most of the time there is nobody around for miles. Many times I have looked around, taken a deep breath, and marveled at the amazing scenery and 'light show' of sunrise.

I've done some seascape/ocean photography. Being in Washington I can get to the mountains, ocean, desert, or rain forest within a couple hours. The mountains are my favorite, but I have gone to the coast a few times. It's interesting because it's constantly changing and every wave is different, while up in the mountains it's mostly the clouds/sky that change.

I'm not a pro, I just do it for my enjoyment.

I have been shooting professionally for thirty years and I still get excited about the process. Whether it’s a booking, personal project or just going out with a camera to explore or try something new, capturing beautiful images still motivates me.