Making something from nothing: Landscape photography tutorial with Thomas Heaton


posted Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM EDT


We recently covered a pair of videos from photographer Thomas Heaton in which he went on a location scouting trip and worked to break out of his comfort zone. His latest video continues in the same vein, as he works to simplify his landscape photography.

The video, titled "Something from Nothing," is about utilizing the area around you -- which may be what you might normally consider somewhat boring or plain -- and forcing yourself to take quality images. For Heaton, this means moving from grand vistas to simpler compositions and relying on elements such as light or movement on a much smaller scale than he's used to shooting. We get to see him working and then later on, he takes us through his editing process in Lightroom and Photoshop.

When shooting the ocean, you have to deal with constantly changing conditions. Waves come and go and every wave is a little bit different, so you might need to take a lot of shots to get the one wave you really like the look of.

As you can see in the video, it isn't always about getting your best image ever, but rather about working hard to get the best image you can in a particular situation. There's a lot of value in going out and shooting and maybe trying a style of photography you normally wouldn't.

For more from Thomas Heaton, visit his website and YouTube channel. As you may have heard him mention, he also has an e-Book out.

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