Free Photography Resources – Guides, Instruction, Tips

Free Photography Resources

Free photography resources including free photography guides, free photography courses, free photography classes, free photography tips and more to help you improve your photography skills, get better pictures and have more fun with your photography.

Photography 101 Series of Free information About Your Camera and Photography

Photography 101: ISO – Understanding how your camera’s sensor reacts to light.  https://spark.adobe.com/page/L4Gko3TgTnAP7/

Photography 101: ISO

Photography 101: Understanding Aperture – https://spark.adobe.com/page/IxjossQAFF5TB/

Photography 101: Understanding Aperture

Photography 101: Understanding Shutter Speed https://spark.adobe.com/page/6nYe2mxkU0wDY/
Photography 101: Shutter Speed

Advanced Photography Subjects

Still Life Fine Art Photography – https://spark.adobe.com/page/iD0TO9dAuNEdJ/

Still Life Fine Art Photography

Thoughts on the Challenges of Black and White Photography – https://spark.adobe.com/page/YLAhqcBv0VSsC/

The Black and White Challenge

When you purchase my artwork you are buying a piece of my life

A body of work is the result of a life lived – No one’s life experience is the same.  One’s life  journey is as individual as one’s fingerprints.  If you were reborn and lived your life over, it would not be the same path.  Your life is ultimately your art.  When you buy my artwork, you are buying a piece of my life.

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My life’s path lead me to be on the porch of a 100 year old farmhouse on Prince Edward Island, camera on hand when this scary storm cloud came thundering across the farm fields and over a lighthouse.

 

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Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.”
― Suzy Kassem

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I happened to be at this particular location in Clinton, Connecticut experiencing a beautiful summer sunset because after a long day of helping my parents pack up their belongs for a permanent move to Florida, I decided we all needed to get out of the house for a break.

As a fine art photographer, I’ve chosen to share my particular life journey.  When you buy one of my fine art photographs you are buying my unique life experience, my unique perspective on the world and my unique vision of what to share.

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Chasing trains around the Connecticut River Valley lead me to this intriguing, tortured, boat launch in Pratt Cove, Deep River.

Photographs taken in the field are a result of my travels in a particular year, on a particular day, captured in my particular style, edited in my particular way.  You are buying the expense, effort and drive required to reach that particular vantage point and the experience which brings about a certain lens, focal point, aperture selection, composition and view.

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My vintage tractor series could only exist at this time of my life as I’ve landed in the rural Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire after living in places as far flung as Hawaii, Kansas, Germany, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

My studio work brings forth my personal artistic vision to the arrangement  of elements in the frame – be it a dog, person or objects, as well as the physical control of the lighting, lens choice, focal point, composition etc.

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My series of dog photographs would not have existed without the request for a dog by my wife and son followed by dog models provided by my son’s friends.

You are buying the time and effort behind an image created without any guarantee of reward.  As such that is fine art photography.  Images created for no other client than the artist.

Each image is the result of the artist’s life experiences,  travels, influences, training and background.  Imagery forge by the places traveled, books read, course taken, trials and experiments, successes and failure and a life time observation.

 

Vermont – fine art photographs from the state of Vermont

In this new video, fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding (http://www.edwardfieldng.com) showcases some of his photographs from around the beautiful state of Vermont.

Prints, canvas prints, museum quality framed and matted artwork, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints and gift items with this Vermont photographs are available here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont

The music is “Waterfall” by Aakash Gandhi

Which work should I be most proud of?

I currently have about 5,000 image for sale on my Fine Art America store – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Of course, they are not all masterpieces and some of my older image probably should be tossed, but sometimes you never know what will sell.  Lots of the images were created with other markets in mind besides decor.  Some like my popular stock image “Bagel Breakfast Sandwich” sells all the time for stock and has even sold a few times as fine art.

So the question comes down to this – which images should I take the most pride in?  The ones I personally like the most? The ones buyers seem to like the most? Or the ones my boutique stock agency curates and accepts for their business?  The options are as follows:

My self-selected photographs for my portfolio book:

My collector’s selected portfolio of recently sold images:

My professionally curated portfolio on Arcangel:

https://www.arcangel.com/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&VBID=2U1HZOQPGU5LT&SMLS=1&RW=1280&RH=653

Usually the customer is always right but I think I would put the order of importance as Agency Selected, Artist Selected, Customer Selected.

Boutique Stock Agency Selected as the top in order of importance.  This is the portfolio I’m most proud of because it has been hand selected among other professional photographers by industry professional image buyer with years of experience.

Second I’d put myself because I think I have more experience viewing, reviewing and self-curating fine art photography more than the average buyer.   I’ve spent years not only creating fine art photography but looking at fine art photography by other photographers in books, museums and even took the History of Photographer course at Boston University.

Of course I love any purchase of my work by collectors and buyers, only they don’t always buy what I’d consider my best art.  Often my best gets undiscovered while something more second rate becomes popular.

I guess this order reflects the way I work.  I often think of the boutique stock market and book covers as a goal when I’m photographing, and I always shoot what I’m personally interested in.  If buyers like what I’m offering then that is a bonus.

Smart Doggie

Tiki the Westie as Smart Doggie

Smart Doggie – part of a series of photographs in collaboration with my West Highlands White Terrier – “Tiki”.

Tiki, a rescue from a southern puppy mill, came in to our lives just when I was starting to have more time to dedicate to my photography.  As the rest of the family seemed to run from my camera and modeling duties, or were simply busy, it was just Tiki and I in the studio.

Tiki immediately took to the studio and the treats that were offered.  Even today if I pull out my studio lights, Tiki gets excited and sits where he thinks the photograph might occur.

Once when setting up an assignment photo for a Halloween shoot, Tiki wandered into the set and sat. So of course I had to give him a mask and snap the shot.

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More and more images ensued. Tiki as a Broadway Actor. Tiki as Aladdin. Tiki as a ballerina. Many images were inspired by finds in the baby clothing section of the local thrift shop.

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Eventually many of the Tiki the Westie series were compiled in the little gift book “The Quotable Westie” which can be purchase via CreateSpace or Amazon. https://www.createspace.com/4070210

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So you’ve learned how to use your camera, now what? Storytelling with photos

Photographs that make an impact – what is your story?

You bought a nice, new expensive camera. You read the manual front to back, back to front. You shot a few thousand images. You’ve gotten to know every aspect of your camera and figured out ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Now it’s time to make some meaningful images.

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Images with impact. Compelling images that make people stop and look instead of swiping left or right or scrolling past. Photographs with strong compositions that use visual language to tell a story, create a mood or transports the view to a wonderful new plain of thought.

You are now ready to stop taking photographs and start making images.

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Composition is everything. You can have all the gear – or all the vision – in the world, but it’s composition alone that gets you to the more powerful photographs, the ones that connect and stir something in people.” – David duChemin

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Colby Brown – How to Tell Compelling Stories Through Photography – Photographers are visual storytellers.

The challenge for photographers – Telling an interesting story in a single frame.   Not in hundreds of words in a book or two hours in a feature length movie – a single image.

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That is a high order and a challenging goal.  Static images have the goal of setting the scene, highlight the subject and convey the meaning of the image.  In your images you want to be able to communicate to the view within seconds.  The viewer needs an image with a clear message to understand what they are looking at.  They also need to clearly be able to figure out what is important within the frame.  The viewer shouldn’t be guess at what the photographer wants to show.  The subject should be apparent and visual language and composition should direct the viewer’s eyes to the important part of the image.

The view should not be left thinking “what is this all about?” Become a storyteller rather than a photographer.

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Better photography starts with better storytelling. What are you trying to say to the viewer? Figure out your story before taking a photograph.

Iceland Through Pictures

Photographs of Iceland

 

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Iceland boast a special breed of horse – the Icelandic Horse with a beautiful mane and short stature.
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The horses dot the landscape in the farming regions as do the sheep – often found on the side of road or even crossing the road so drivers must always be on the look out.

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Camping is serious in Iceland with hundreds of miles of back country gravel roads called “F Roads” which are limited to four wheel drive vehicles. You’ll see many campers in Iceland that look like they are straight out of Mad Max.

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Geothermal and volcanic activity created and continue to change the landscape of Iceland – the country of fire and ice. Steaming mountains, bubbling rivers and shooting geysers can be found around the country as well as active volcanoes.

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Iceland is a land of thousands of waterfalls, mostly caused by melting glacier ice and pouring down rift valleys in this unique land form.

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In Iceland one can visit a lagoon full of icebergs that float, slowly melt, cave and flip over. It’s a mesmerizing display of white and blue.

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Unique rock formations such as these hexagon columns of basalt can be front around the island, many just a stones throw from the main highway, a two lane paved road that circles the country.

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Modern Iceland has embraced minimalist architecture unlike shipping containers but original Iceland dwellers build peaked sod houses which connected living areas and barns so the animals could be cared for in the dark, cold winters.

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Traditional Icelandic churches can be found in every village. This one is surrounded by fields of lupine brought from Alaska for erosion control.

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The remoteness of Iceland allows unspoiled beached of black volcanic sand. This one is reachable after an hours walk across a ancient lava field with the discovery of an old US Navy plane crash, left in place due to the remote location.

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Hiking in Iceland’s dramatic terrain is awe inspiring but one must be well prepared because the mostly tree free landscapes, unpredictable weather and punishing wind can be dangerous even in summer. Fortunately there are no poisonous snakes or large predators except for the rare polar bear the floats ashore on an iceberg although these are typically taken out quickly by the local farmers.

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The long dark winters and the inspiring landscape of Iceland produces optimal conditions for artists.

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Iceland is a place with incredible beauty and few in habitants. Mostly clustered in the two largest cities and scattered village, in between spaces are filled with vast scenic vistas.

 
More Iceland photographs for sale as prints, framed art, metal and canvas prints and more here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/places+iceland

 

Iceland: Fine Art Photographs

Iceland Photographs

Photographs of Iceland by fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding

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This black church sits alone among a field of lava rock. On the south coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, the tiny black church Búðir sits within the Búðahraun lava field.

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An old vintage tractor along the Ring Road in Iceland.

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The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres (49 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable.

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Kirkjufell (Icelandic: Church mountain) is a 463m[1] high mountain on the north coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður.

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A cliff side cafe on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland.

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A rocky beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula of Iceland with an emergency lifeguard hut and glacier in the background.

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Early morning light on a church in a remote area of Iceland on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Kerið (occasionally Anglicized as Kerith or Kerid) is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, on the popular tourist route known as the Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland’s Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact. The caldera, like the other volcanic rock in the area, is composed of a red (rather than black) volcanic rock. The caldera itself is approximately 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across. Kerið’s caldera is one of the three most recognizable volcanic craters because at approximately 3,000 years old, it is only half the age of most of the surrounding volcanic features. The other two are Seyðishólar and Kerhóll.

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See more at:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/places+iceland