adventure, camera, photography, travel

My new website is live!

I’ve been working on putting together a real portfolio, with prints available, showcasing my favorite shots from around the world. Its an on going work on progress, but I decided to go ahead and make it live so you guys can check it out. Let me know what you think and how I can improve. If you really love some of my photos, feel free to buy some prints. I’ve kept the prices super reasonable (small prints for just $1!). I’d rather more people be able to enjoy my work than to make a ton of profit right away.  Below are a sample of some of the photos I’ve put up on my page www.creatingezra.com

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photography, travel tips

How do I get my Photos: Location, Setting, Timing

So you have your gear and now you are ready to go out and take some awesome shots right? Where to begin?

Start with something you are really interested in. I usually see an amazing photo and think “I want that shot, I want to be there and see that in person”. And than I try to make it my own.

I may get the typical shot at the typical place or I may get something totally unique: which is far more rewarding. Sometimes I don’t get anything good at all.

I love mountains and expansive landscape scenes. So that’s what I gravitate toward. I purposely travel to mountainous spots and schedule hiking and trips around prime landscape scenes. But the location is really up to you and what you love. Don’t do what I do, do what you want and what you love.

Once you’ve found the right location the next task is getting the right setting.

Where do you want to set up your camera? Do you want someone in the photo to add perspective? I personally love having people in my photos. They add a new dimension and personalize the scene. They help tell the story as more than just a generic shot of an amazing scene.

Another aspect of setting is the perspective. Do you want to look down or look up? Do you want to be far away or zoomed in? For me that depends on the scene. I want to include enough of the surroundings to create depth of field so I like to get something close by in the photo. It could be a person, a tree, a cactus. I also don’t want to much detail (although I tend to be bad at accomplishing this) because if your eyes are being pulled in all directions the photo will lose its focus.

Also a part of setting is leading the eye in the direction of the main subject of your photo. This is also something I am learning. I try to find natural aspects of the landscape, a valley or a stream works perfectly, to leave the eye in the direction of the horizon.

Finally, you need to find the right timing. Usually the golden hours around dawn and dusk are best. However, on a cloudy day you can shoot almost any time (I love clouds, they have saved many an otherwise mediocre photo). Or if you are far north in the summer you may find that each day gives you 6-8 golden hours giving much more time to get that perfect shot.

You may want to wait for a cloudy day to create a stormy dark feeling. Or a perfect sunset to illuminate your subject. Timing is perhaps the most important aspect. For me cloudy days are best especially those ominous snow storm clouds that completely coat the sky with 3-dimensional grey contour.

Have some tips of your own? Please share them below. I’m not the expert! I’m here to learn just like you 🙂

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Check out the Equipment I use

Nikon D3300
Nikkor 18-140mm Zoom Lens
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II

 

camera, photography, travel tips

How do I get my Photos?

People often ask me how I get such amazing shots (their words not mine). I don’t think my shots are that impressive most of the time. They certainly aren’t professional yet. And I would love if you guys would give me some constructive feedback on how to improve.

However, I would love to share the few tips I do have so far on getting these shots, including setting, timing, location, equipment, and editing.

Lets start with the gear that I use.

For panorama shots, videos, and certain difficulty lighting situations (where HDR setting is best), I actually use my Samsung Galaxy S7. I wish they would sponsor me haha. Some of my best photos come from this phone. I use an Auto or Panorama setting occasionally using the HDR option on Auto. That’s it!

Brand New cost $600

My DSLR camera is a Nikon D3300. This is a crop sensor (as opposed to full-frame) entry level DSLR with a surprising number of options including full manual settings.

Brand New about $460

My favorite lens is the highly rated Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1:3.5-5.6 DX VR zoom lens. This lens has an auto focus that is usually accurate and a manual focus which I find somewhat stiff to adjust precisely. I hope to upgrade to a professional grade lens soon.

Brand New about $500

My second favorite lens is the Tokina SD 11-16 F2.8 (IF) DX which works with Nikon though I’m not sure if the auto focus is accurate. I use this for wide-angle photos of landscapes at least 7 feet away (the manual mode for this lens adjusts to infinite after 7 feet. Make sure the focus marker is perfectly in line with the infinite symbol ∞.

Brand New cost $450

Besides that I also use multiple SD cards, preferring smaller 4gb ones over larger ones, some filters (Neutral Density filters to extend exposure time and Graduated Neutral Density filters for differing exposures). I need to purchase a Polarizing filter next to reduce glare. I also use an SD to Micro USB converter that allows me to directly put photos from my DSLR to my phone for Instagram posting on the go. I also own an older manual Nikon Nikkor.C 1:4.5 f=80-200mm zoom lens. It’s a really nice older lens that works well on most Nikon camera.

I’m looking to upgrade to a professional grade Camera and am torn between the Nikon D810, Canon Mark III or IV, and the Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless. Any suggestions or opinions?

Happy Travels!

 

Keep up with my latest adventures and photos 🙂

Follow JELTOWN on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and now on YouTube!

Save money by traveling like I do

$35 off your first Airbnb booking!

Check out the Equipment I use

Nikon D3300
Nikkor 18-140mm Zoom Lens
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II