Avoiding Creative blocks: It’s all about the angles!

Finding your own creative angle getting through creative blocks in landscape photography can be challenging.

Many, including myself find it hard to find  something uniquely different in any natural landscape. Especially, if it’s an overly traveled tourist ocation.

To deaI with these blocks, its good to resort to boiling things down to the simplest perspective first while looking through the lens.

But you first must choose your preferred field of view. This can very with everyone. This is a highly personal and creative choice.

If you’re reading this you you might already have yours.

Mine historically leads towards the grand landscape. This can very between 14 and 24mm full frame.

A good start to avoiding any creative blocks is to find as many angles as possible before mounting your camera on your tripod.

That said, I’m sure a lot of you out there feel tripods are a cumbersome item that your required to carry. If you’re one of these people, read my blog about tripods HERE.

What I’m saying is to approach any fresh scene at all possible angles. This means shooting at knee high, waist high and chest high. This along with classic horizontal and vertical angles as well.

Don’t fall into the “Stab and Snap” tripod trap. This means reflecting what everyone else is doing around you.
Doing stab shoots repeatedly will dull your portfolio in no time and begin to fill a boring well of disinterest in your photographs. If your knees aren’t hurting from being on them, you’re not doing it right!

All  the best,
Mark Jansen

If you would like some help with your photographic vision, join us at Jansen Photo Expeditions for one of our private or group workshops in California, Oregon, Wyoming, Iceland, or the destination of your choice. You will have an enriching learning experience and go home with a camera full of prized photographs.

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Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment. His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions and teach workshops.

Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. 

Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.


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