Field Dispatch: Utah

In this exciting field dispatch, professional photographer Ian Plant travels to the desert of Utah to explore slot canyons, and photograph the stunning sandstone landscape from the air with his drone.

Lesson 11: Bonus!

If there is one thing I dislike more than flat grey skies at sunrise, its saying goodbye! So, to avoid having to write the wrap up email for this course, I thought going through one more example would be much more fun instead!

OPG GOLD LIVE: Photo Composition Tips

Did you miss OPG GOLD LIVE with Ian Plant? Catch the full show now! World-renowned pro photographer and managing editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, Ian Plant, shares some of his most important secrets for making compelling compositions with your photos. He discusses a number of composition techniques, including the use of leading visual elements to

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Lesson 9: Creative Technique

We are nearing the end of “See! Create!” Over the lessons of this course we have discussed the importance in creating images that evoke emotions in our viewers. You might have picked up that I think that the best way to do this is to purposefully create our images and not just take pictures of things we see. This lesson is about creative techniques you can use to make evocative images.

Lesson 10: Forcing Creativity

This week’s lesson is going to be short and sweet. The reason for that is because with each weekly challenge of this course, I had you practicing the last technique we are going to discuss. Sneaky, aren’t I?

Lesson 8: Go Into Details

Ever hear the expression, “the devil is in the details?” It means that while a task might look simple, there is incredible depth to it and is more complex than initially estimated. The same can be said for the images we strive to create. While the goal is to keep our frames simple, we typically want to include detail to help tell our story.

Lesson 7: See the Light

Photography is the study of light.

What happens when there is no light? You can’t see, right? Given that this course is about learning to see, being able to see light from a photographic standpoint is crucial. Being able to see the interplay of both light and shadows in itself can be a story that evokes an emotional response. Different qualities of light can also evoke different responses.

Lesson 6: Composing Ourselves

If you look at the work of successful professional photographers, their most impactful photos are at war with the simple compositional techniques that most photographers use. They understand that there are no rules for composition, there are only techniques, that when used properly, will allow your subject to be placed anywhere in your frame.

Field Dispatch: Ethiopia

Ian Plant travels to Ethiopia where he shoots on the edge of light, sharing his favorite techniques for making daring photos at twilight, night, and in low light. Join Ian as he photographs a variety of subjects including gelada monkeys, ancient rock-hewn churches, a churning lava lake, and a stunning cave system. Watch now >>

Lesson 5: Capturing Emotions

There are two things I hear most from other photographers when they are talking about improving their work. The first is they want to be able to tell a story with their images, which was our topic last lesson. Another goal I often hear is that photographers want their images to have an emotional impact on their viewers, which coincidentally enough, is this lesson’s topic. Entire books have been written on this subject, so I am going to stick to five fundamental tips to keep the length of the post readable.