I started photographing landscapes in 2012 when I made a risky purchase of a full frame DSLR camera (Digital Single-Lens Reflex). My drive to take better images started here. I thought, like many, that getting a prosumer DSLR would make me a better photographer – it didn’t! I was determined to improve and get my images to the standard I had seen from fellow photographers – the quest (and addiction) had started.
I often look at photos I captured 6 months ago and find myself being quite critical at composition, focusing, technique and especially post processing. The temptation to over clarify, sharpen or to over saturate is one which I think many go through. Yes, I feel images should be vibrant and stand out, but not to a degree where they look unnatural.
I mostly exposure blend now using 2 or 3 shots in Photoshop. This allows me to keep the finer details and tones and keep noise levels at a minimum, especially when blowing the images up to full size for printing. I have become fairly adept in most areas of Lightroom and Photoshop processing now, but there is still more to read and experience and I look forward to this aspect the most. Capturing nature in its rawness is what I am trying to attempt, and Dartmoor is one of the best places to do this. I have to thank my wife, Janet, as she is often the one traipsing behind me or acting as a portable table, often in adverse conditions.