How do you go about photographing something as frequently photographed as the Wanaka Tree in New Zealand? Like many of the world's sights, the Wanaka Tree has seen slews of photographers trying for their version of the tree. But how can you make it your own?
For beginner and experienced photographers alike, it can be a daunting task to take something so over-photographed and create something of your own that you are proud of. But that process isn't necessarily as overwhelming as it might seem. As with all things photography, the approach you take and the techniques that get you there will make your image your own. In this video, Attilio Ruffo breaks down his process for capturing and editing the image based on how he felt about the scene.
Don't expect numbers and answers here, but a guide for how to approach a scene and the subsequent edit. Ruffo gives the reason behind everything he does, which is by far the most important part of anyone's creative process. There is plenty to learn in this video, and thankfully Ruffo has foregone the YouTube trend of cutting so often you can't keep up for a slow-paced, insight-filled video. Take a moment to appreciate what goes into the image from the artist's perspective.
For another look at photographing the Wanaka Tree, be sure to check out "Photographing the World" from Fstoppers and Elia Locardi.