Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts

Video: Searching for the Perfect Shot with Wildlife Photographer Michel d’Oultremont

What does it take for a photographer to get the perfect wildlife shot? Patience. Lots and lots of patience. In this video we head out into the wilderness with wildlife photographer Michel d’Oultremont of Belgium. He sometimes spends days at a time in the wild hoping to get that elusive image that no one else has seen before. It is often frustrating, demanding, and even boring work, but that moment where his patience finally pays off can be exhilarating and extremely fulfilling.

Video: How to Make GoPro Footage Look Cinematic

I know there are a lot of Adventure Blog readers who own and use GoPro cameras to capture footage of their adventures. So when I came across this video, I thought that it was definitely worth sharing. It is a handy "how to" on ways to make the footage that you shoot look much more epic and cinematic. The GoPro cameras do a good job of shooting the action and the landscapes we visit, but there are some ways we can make those clips look a lot better. And even if you've been shooting on a GoPro for awhile, chances are you can pick up a tip or two from the video. I hope it helps!

Video: Getting the Shot - What it Takes to be an Adventure Photographer

Ever wonder what it takes to be a great outdoor and adventure photographer? As you can imagine, it is a fun, rewarding job, but one that is also incredibly tough too. That is especially true for a woman, as there aren't many in the industry. But Erin Hogue is one of those ladies, and in this video she talks about what it takes to get the perfect shot. Erin will also be the only woman participating in the inaugural World of X Games: Zoom Photography Contest next week, which is awarding prizes for the best action sports images as well. If you're an aspiring photographer, you'll want to check out this clip, and subscribe to her YouTube channel to catch the ongoing series starting soon. 

10 Compact Cameras Specifically Built for Travelers

Photography is an integral part of travel. It not only helps document where we've been, but it captures a moment in time from our adventures that might otherwise have been lost. It is for those reasons that so many avid travelers and outdoors enthusiasts are also aspiring photographers too. But choosing the right camera to take with us on our adventures can be a real challenge. You want some that fast and responsive, with great image quality and color reproduction as well. It doesn't hurt if it is rugged enough to survive in the outdoors either, and if it can also be small and lightweight, it would pretty much be the perfect option. But does such a camera actually exist?

National Geographic has compiled a list of the top ten compact cameras built for travelers, and if you're in the market for a new model – or simply want to see what's new – the article is definitely worth a look. You'll find everything from durable point and shoot models to full-fledged DSLRs, with pretty much everything in between, including the mirrorless options that are so popular today. What's more, most of the major brands are represented on the list, so no matter if you're a fan of Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, or something else, chances are you'll find something to your liking while still being able to maintain your brand loyalty.

So which cameras earned a spot on the Nat Geo list? The Fujifilm X-T2 was a particular favorite, as was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8. The Olympus TG-4 took top honors for ruggedized point and shoots, while Sony's A6500 earned praise for being for its all around performance as well. Each of the cameras on the list is accompanied with an explanation of what makes it especially good for travel, as well as technical information on its sensor size and other features. There are also handy "Pro Tips" to help users get the most out of that particular model as well.

Over the years, I've been able to pair down my travel gear in some impressive ways, cutting a lot of weight and learning to leave nonessential items at home. But, a good camera remains a must and by the time you add a body and a lens or two, the weight adds up fast. I'd love to find a camera that helps me shed some weight, without compromising performance and image quality along the way. These new options are a step in the right direction, with 4K video, full-frame sensors, and fast performance. One of these days it's going to be time to get serious and invest in a new unit, and this article will certainly be helpful when that time comes.

The Best Travel Photography of 2016

Few things can inspire us to want to travel to a new destination like a great photo. Those of us who are lucky enough to hit the road on a regular basis for our adventures often have a desire to capture the places we visit in stunning images that we can share with friends and family. In my case, I'm happy if I just don't screw up the shot or inadvertently get my finger in front of the lens. Thankfully, there are others who are far more talented than I am to make up for my lack of skill. 

Some of the most talented of those photographers have submitted their images for the 2017 National Geographic Photo Contest, of which the finalists have recently been revealed. As you can imagine, the images are beautiful – sometimes haunting – with great shots captured at some of the best destinations around the globe, ranging from Botswana and South Africa, to Rio de Janeiro and Northern Ireland. Some of the images are landscapes, some are of the wildlife, and others are candid shots of the people that inhabit these places. All are colorful and mesmerizing. 

For those of us who aspire to be better photographers ourselves, the photos are a good reminder that taking a great shot isn't just about the technical details. It's also about capturing the moment, framing the image properly, and recognizing what is truly interesting about that snapshot of a moment in time. Too often we get caught up in just pointing and shooting with our cameras that we forget to truly take in the moment. But I've found that my best photos over the years have been taken when I slow down, observe the world around me, and look for the right combination of elements. My patience is usually rewarded at some point, and the image is one that means more to me long after I've returned home. 

The winners of the travel photo contest will be officially announced on February 28. To check them all out before that, click here

Video: A Man Amongst Wolves in Yellowstone

We have another beautiful video today courtesy of National Geographic. This time we travel to Yellowstone National Park with photographer Ronan Donovan, who has gone to that place to capture images of the wolf population that lives there. If you know anything about the recent history of Yellowstone, you know that the reintroduction of the wolves back in the mid-90's was highly controversial, but has also brought a balance to the ecosystem there, making it much more healthy all around. Of course, this being Yellowstone, Ronan doesn't just capture images of the wolves, as some of the park's other amazing inhabitants put in an appearance as well. A beautiful video of one of my favorite places on the planet.

Video: Essential Gear and Skills for an Adventure Photographer

Now that a new year is upon us, I'm sure more than a few of us are already planning some adventures for the upcoming months. Part of those adventures is always capturing great photos to share with friends and family back home. In this video from National Geographic, we get some great tips for doing just that from pro photographer Keith Ladzinski, who talks about some of the kit that he always takes with him in the field. Want to improve your photo game? Keith can help.

Video: Alive in Alaska with Photographer Alex Strohl

Join adventure photographer Alex Strohl has he takes us deep into the Alaskan wilderness to show us how he does his job. For many, the idea of making a living as an freelance photographer sounds like a dream, but it is also a lot of hard work and sacrifice too. But when the landscapes that you see here are your office, you can understand why Alex and others are so passionate about the possibilities. This is a great video to wrap up the week. It is filled with not only stunning scenery but plenty of wisdom too. Enjoy!

Alive in Alaska from Mathieu Le Lay on Vimeo.

Stunning Photo Gallery Highlights the Beauty of Antarctica

When ever we think about Antarctica, images of frozen, windswept landscapes stretching from horizon to horizon usually come to mind. While that isn't altogether completely inaccurate, the icy continent can also be a place of unspeakable beauty as well. It is a wild, remote, and spectacular place that remains largely untouched by man, and while few of us will ever get the chance to actually see it, it is a memorable place nonetheless.

Recently, the website Mashable posted a gallery of jaw-dropping photos that were shot in the Antarctic. Each image was taken by Alasdair Turner, who spends three months each year living at McMurdo Station on the Ross Ice Shelf, working with scientists and researchers who are conducting a wide variety of experiments.

While there, Alasdair gets a chance to experience the Antarctic that is unlike what adventurous travelers see along the coastline. Instead, he gets to travel into the interior of the continent, which is the highest, driest, and coldest place on Earth. The landscapes that are found there are indeed often covered in snow and ice, and they can be vast and forbidding. But, as you'll see in the photos, they can also be incredibly gorgeous too.

I haven't had the chance to visit Antarctica yet. It is the only continent I haven't been to, and it his extremely high on my bucket list. One day, I'll get there. But for now, I'll have to settle for these photos, which only serve to increase my desire to see this amazing place. I think they'll probably have a similar effect on you.

Video: Moments in the Italian Dolomites

This video takes us to the Italian Dolomites with professional photographer Gürel Sahin as he captures some of the beautiful landscapes that exist in that place. Over the course of the clip, he shares with us his love for nature and passion for photography, two things that come together to create lasting memories of the places he visits in his journeys. Those are the moments that stay with us for the rest of our lives, and are captured in the images that he takes. He finds plenty of them in these mountains.

MOMENTS with Gürel Sahin - Dolomites, Italy from Palatina Media Group on Vimeo.

Are You the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year?

Listen up all aspiring photographers out there. National Geographic has begun accepting entries into this year's Nature Photographer of the Year contest, and is giving away some great prizes to winners. If you've taken an outstanding photo of nature in 2016, they want to see it. And it could send you off on an impressive adventure of your own.

The contest website says "We’re looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us. That could be a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue—whatever nature means to you." In other words, there is a pretty broad interoperation out there of what exactly Nat Geo means by "nature." I'm sure more than a few have you have captured some great images over the past 12 months that you can submit to the contest. Entries are begin accepted until November 4, after which a panel of judges will decide which photos are worthy of making the cut.

Of course, there are some great prizes for those who win the contest. Each of the categories – Landscapes, Animals, Action and Environmental – will have three winners. First place will be awarded $2500 in case, while second place will get $750 and a signed National Geographic book. The third place winner goes home with $500.  But best of all, the Grand Prize finisher will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of Natural Habitat Adventures. I can't think of a better place to take more photos of nature than that destination.

As you would expect, competition is sure to be tough in this contest, but you just might have the wining photo sitting on your hard drive right now. Pick out your best and submit them for consideration. Who knows, you just might be on your way to the Galapagos in the near future.

Video: Awakening - A Timelapse Journey Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains

We'll finish out the week with this beautiful six-minute video that takes us on a journey through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is an amazing look at a part of the world that always captivates me every time I visit. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

AWAKENING 4K from Taylor Gray on Vimeo.

Video: Meet Nat Geo Wildlife Photographer Joe Riis

Joe Riis has one of those jobs we all dream of. He is a wildlife photographer for National Geographic an occupation that takes him to wild and remote places all over the world. In this video, we learn more about Joe and his job, but also discover that even when you lead an adventurous life, there are still plenty of challenges to finding happiness and contentment. This is a clip you shouldn't miss. Particularly if you're looking to lead a more fulfilling life.

Joe from Andy Maser on Vimeo.

Video: Winter in the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites are one of the most beautiful places in all of Europe, if not the world. This video confirms that, providing almost three minutes of fantastic timelapse imagery from this fantastic setting, which is where many great Italian climbers have cut their teeth over the years. If you want to know just how magical of a place the Dolomites are, just sit back and enjoy this short clip. It is definitely worth the time.

WINTER | DOLOMITES 4K TIMELAPSE from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Video: Nat Geo Photographer Captures the Wildlife of the Arctic

Think the Arctic is lifeless? Think again. In this video, we travel north with National Geographic photographer Vincent Munier, who visits the frozen landscapes of our planet to shoot the amazing wildlife that is found there. He captures great photos of wolves, foxes, arctic hares, owls, and of course polar bears. Munier has compiled many of these images in his book Arctique.

National Geographic Photographers Share Their Favorite Wildlife Photos

Today is World Wildlife Day, a day that is set aside each year to recognize the amazing plants and animals that we share our planet with. To celebrate this occasion, a group of National Geographic photographers have shared their favorite images of wildlife shot in a variety of places from around the world.

This special photo gallery, which can be found here, features 16 amazing images of some of the most iconic creatures on Earth. Those shots include a leopard prowling through a cityscape, a white weasel in Grand Teton National Park, and two cheetahs on sentry duty on the Serengeti in Africa, amongst others.

If you are a fan of Nat Geo photography, or love wildlife, this is a gallery you'll definitely enjoy. The images are incredible, and the subject of each photo is amazing too. As someone who loves to shoot photos of animals myself, I can only marvel at these shots and wish that I had taken them myself.

Check out the gallery and get the story behind each image here.

Video: A Photographer's Search for the Perfect Moment

If you're even remotely interested in photography, you probably have, at times, gone to great lengths to capture the perfect moment in an image. In this video, we join photographer David Fontneau as he travel into remote and wild places to seek those same moments himself. Along the way, he captures some amazing photos and video of landscapes that are simply breathtaking to behold. Capturing these images isn't easy, but the rewards can be seen in the final product. These are the moments that many people don't even notice, but the camera captures oh so well.

 
In Search of a Moment - 4K from David Fontneau on Vimeo.

Video: Traveling Overland From Switzerland to Mongolia

This amazing video was shot on what must have been an epic road trip from Switzerland to Mongolia. Along the way, the filmmakers captured thousands of fantastic images as they passed through  Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Russia. The landscapes the discovered along the way will leave you breathless, and inspire a healthy dose of wanderlust too. This is what overland travel is all about, and it is utterly spectacular.

Latitude 45 - Switzerland to Mongolia from Milo Zanecchia on Vimeo.

Video: Traveling the Andes Mountains - Spine of the South

In 2015, photographer Eric Hanson spent seven months traveling the length of South America along the spectacular Andes Mountains. Starting in Ecuador and ending in Patagonia, he captured thousands of photos of the landscapes that he encountered along the way. The very best of those images can be found in this breathtaking video, which give us an incredible look at these amazing mountains. Sit back and enjoy this clip, it is gorgeous.

Spine of the South from Overland Collective on Vimeo.

Video: Traveling Through the Arctic with Photographer Vincent Munier

Wildlife photographer Vincent Munier traveled to the Arctic shoot images for his latest book. In order to capture the shots that he needed, Munier went to great lengths, skiing alone through the snow landscapes while dragging a sled filled with supplies, much like other polar explorers do. This video takes us on that journey with him, revealing not only the amazing, beautiful, and yet desolate, landscapes that exist above the Arctic Circle. But we also discover a surprising amount of wildlife. which the photographer captures so well. If you've ever wondered what it would like to travel through the cold, harsh places of our planet, you catch a glimpse of it here. You'll also see that those places are more alluring that you might imagine, and you might get a better understanding of why others are drawn there.

Arctique from vincent munier on Vimeo.