Landscape Photography in Outer Banks, North Carolina Trip Report

Every year I try to take a trip somewhere I’ve always wanted to go to shoot photos. Landscape photography trips can be a great way to tackle a new photography location, use new landscape photography gear, or simply churn out some amazing photos to build your portfolio. I’ve been talking with some of my friends in the landscape photography community about how badly I’ve wanted to shoot in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. This month I finally was able to make that happen thanks to a free flight voucher and some blank space on my calendar. Buckle up because I covered a lot of ground while I was in the Outer Banks and I’ll talk about all of it in this trip report.

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The Biggest Threat to Protected Lands

As a landscape photographer and someone who dearly loves our national parks, I want to believe that everyone who crosses a park border wants to experience that place because of its unique beauty. However, I’ve hesitated writing this blog post because I was afraid that a simple Google search would prove my hypothesis incorrect.

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How I Focus Stack

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever been in the field shooting and seen an amazing landscape, taken a photo, and been so excited to get back to edit the photo only to realize that your foreground or background is ever so slightly out of focus?

Yeah, I’ve been there too and it’s one of the most depressing feelings you can have as a landscape photographer.

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Sony 70-200 f/4 Lens Review For a Landscape Photography Lens

I’ve been testing the Sony 70-200 f/4 E mount lens for my landscape photography for almost two years now.

That’s a long time to test a lens you say?

Yes. Yes it is.

I’ve taken this lens all over the world to places like China, Hong Kong, Haiti, Europe (two times), Cuba, and others to see how well the Sony 70-200 f/4 can be used with mirrorless cameras and how it holds up in the elements.

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How to Make Dreamy Landscape Photography With the Orton Effect

If you’ve been on Instagram lately and you follow some of the most popular landscape photographers on the social media platform, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of them post photos of surreal and dreamy landscapes. When you see these images, you may be thinking to yourself, “Why can’t my photos look like that?”

Well, they actually can.

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2 QUICK TIPS For Better Waterfall Photography Composition

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying until the day that I die.

The best way to improve your photography isn’t through buying more expensive gear.

The best way to improve your landscape photography is to invest your time in understanding how to shoot better compositions.

Compositions are the ways in which your photographs are constructed.

In simpler terms, a composition is the way that you place objects within the frame.

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