Posts Tagged ‘Australian Landscape Photography’

Free Landscape Photography Photoshop Techniques

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I’ll be participating in a free Google+ Hangout session called ‘Australian Landscape Photographers Hangout’ that will occur on November 29th at 8pm AESDST and will be broadcast online over YouTube and Google+. I will add a comment to this post on the day of the event where you will also be able to watch on via a webpage without needing to login anywhere. Below is a transcript of my contributions to the session which will be a number of more advanced Landscape Photography tips. I’ve documented these in a step-by-step process to make them easy to follow. Simply click on the e-book cover below to download my transcript.

I’ve also recorded a small video of me demonstrating a practical use for one of the Landscape Photography Photoshop techniques that I share. Simply Watch the embedded video below to see it. The video is password protected so please enter ‘nali’ as the password to view it.

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Alumalux – a new revolutionary medium

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Printing on Alumalux is now available. Allumalux is a contemporary product where the print is infused within aluminium to produce not only vivid colours and sharp detail but also, a scratch and water resistant finish that is ultra-light-weight. Useful applications for this medium include alfresco areas to add some colour and style to your home’s outdoor entertaining area. The results are incredible so feel free to contact me on how you can inspect a sample. Printed exclusively for all images here by the Fitzgerald Photo Lab and available in the following sizes: 20”, 30” and 40” on the longest side. Please contact me should you require a custom size.



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My Top 5 Tips on how to improve your Photography

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012


The following 5 tips represent the top 5 things that have helped me the most to develop as a photographer and I continually refer to these to further my development. I hope they too can help you along your own journey.


1. It sounds simple but it’s true; looking at good photographs will make you a better photographer. Study images captured by the best photographers in your field.

Personally I’ve found continually looking at other photographers’ work and studying what it is that appeals to me in images that I like to have led to the most improvement in my photography. I really recommend you to be stern in which images you study – don’t study good photographs but rather only study ‘great’ photographs. A great photograph will make you stop and take notice and capture your interest. When looking at such images ask yourself the following questions:

1) What elements immediately appeal to you in the image? Is it the light? The subject? The composition? Perhaps it was the low angle viewpoint? Understand what it is that you like so much from the image and then set out to include these elements in your own work. The more images you study the more apparent trends in what you like so much become.

2) Observe the time of day that the image was captured? Was it at pre-dawn or after sunrise? Try and establish a trend and then set-out to shoot during the same times of the day

3) Observe the direction of lighting; is the light hitting the subject from the back, front or is the subject side lit?

4) What subject continually makes for a strong image?

There are numerous online sources where you can seek out great photographs but none better in my opinion than Simply visit the ‘Popular’ and ‘Editors Choice’ sections and choose your respective genre (i.e. Landscapes). There is even an iPhone App that you can download so that you can be inspired whilst you’re on the go.


2. Only show your very best images – not just images you’re reasonably happy with but images you feel proud to show. There was once a question asked in a presentation by a successful photographer and they were asked a simple question from one of the audience members. The question was how to do you become a great photographer? The successful photographer’s answer was then just as equally simple; “never show anyone your bad photos”. I think this is very true and just very recently is something that I’ve began to do better after a recent moment when I realised that I was sharing images on social media outlets because I felt the need to keep producing images regularly and by doing so compromising on quality and ultimately compromising my reputation along the way… Don’t make the same mistake that I made and only show your very best images. If you’re in two minds or not sure about an image then such an image is just not good enough! Only show images that you’re absolutely convinced that they are a hero shot. Showing only 5 very strong images is much better than showing 8 very strong coupled with two weak images; those two weak images will greatly weaken the impact of the other eight and cause the viewer to change their perception about the quality of you as a photographer. The old golden rule still remains; quality is better than quantity.


3. This third rule is more applicable to Landscape Photography. In order to improve as a Landscape Photographer you need to be incredibly persistent! If you visit a scene and you’ve captured an image that you’re not quite happy with because the lighting conditions may have not been the best, then don’t settle; return to the same location until you capture an image of the same scene in amazing light. If you speak to any seasoned Landscape Photographer they will tell you that most of their trips and those painful early pre-dawn starts prove fruitless… Accept that you are not always going to come back with images to share and if you’re finding that you’re capturing a worthwhile image on each of your shoots then it’s not because you’re lucky but rather your quality expectations are not high enough! It takes years to build a collection of images that you can feel proud of and I have the upmost respect for successful landscape photographers for this very reason as I have a somewhat understanding of just how much effort has gone into producing their collection of images.


4. Learn as much as you can about your favoured genre of photography. It’s very true; you never stop learning and I like to think that I’m only just learning the basics in a lifelong quest to feel fulfilled. I never stop trying to learn and I quite regularly seek tuition and workshops from photographers who I deem to be among the best in Landscape Photography in my area. I love to learn more and fuel my desires to learn as much as I can about the craft of photography. I’ve met some great people along my short journey so far and I’ve found that the community of Australian Landscape Photographers to be a friendly one where we try to share knowledge to benefit one another. Identify your favourite photographers in your area and don’t be afraid to contact them about receiving some paid for knowledge sharing. Don’t expect that these photographers will just tell you everything that they know for free and instead respect that these photographers need to make a living from what they do.


5. Finally my last tip is to just simply get out there and shoot! Learn by doing! Stop talking about it and just do it! Achieve better results through committed action. There will be many frustrations and mistakes along the way but mistakes are another word for experience. For each failed shoot a lesson will be learnt and this is what will greatly help you become a better photographer. I’ve made my share of mistakes and I’m quite sure I’ll continue to make a few more as I get more experienced but I can tell you that I am much better for each mistake that I’ve made. For example I once left behind an L bracket that holds the camera on my tripod head in the car where I was off bound for a pre-dawn waterfall shoot . Only once I had arrived after completing the hour long trek in the dark did I realise that I forgot the L Bracket… Year’s on and I’ve never forgotten that same L bracket ever again…


I hope you got something out of these tips and if so I would greatly appreciate you letting me know. I would love to hear your comments.

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The Use of Light in Landscape Photography

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Landscape Photography Tips from Australian Landscape Photographer Ricardo Da Cunha
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Along with composition, the quality of light is perhaps the most important factor affecting the success of a landscape photograph. Whilst composition can be completely controlled, good quality light on the other hand cannot. We can however control the direction of the light and therefore use the optimum angle of light to enhance the appearance of our main subject and ultimately the success of our landscape photograph. There are four main types of lighting; top, side, front and back lighting. Consider how your envisaged scene will appear under each type of lighting and then choose which type of lighting will best portray your subject and shoot at the specific time and in the specific position to capture your subject in this light.
Occurring during the middle hours of the day:
Top Lighting
Generally speaking for landscape photography, top lighting is to be avoided as it does not cast any shadows and therefore does not convey texture, form and shape which are so important to emulate dimension in a landscape photograph. The only exception to using top lighting is when you wish to capture water at its most turquoise colour which occurs when the sun is positioned directly above.
Occurring leading-up to sunset and a short time after sunrise:
Front Lighting
Similar to top lighting front light also does not produce texture, form and shape and even worse your shadow will more than likely appear in the scene. Try and avoid this lighting in any situation.
Back lighting is difficult to shoot in not only because of the extreme brightness between the subject and background but also because lens flare becomes an issue. If you do choose to shoot in back-lighting conditions then it’s recommended to use a lens hood to shade the top of the lens in order to prevent flare. The only exception to using back lighting in landscape photography is when you wish to create a silhouette of your subject which is only possible using back lighting.
Side lighting
Side lighting is the ideal light source to reveal a subject’s texture, form and shape as it casts beautiful subtle shadows to provide a sense of dimension of the subject and therefore creating a more ‘life-like’ image that the viewer can better relate to. As creating a three dimensional image is often one of the main goals of the landscape photographer, strive to capture your subject using side lighting.
To control the direction of light simply change where you stand and capture the image from!
Finally an interesting note is that shooting during the different times of year can actually produce different results under the same lighting conditions and angle. For example the colour of water is different depending not only on the angle of the sun but also the time of year. For example trying to achieve turquoise water is best achieved right in the middle of the day as the top light penetrates straight thru the water. However the same image taken at the same time in winter compared with summer will result in the water not becoming as turquoise because the sun does not completely travel overhead during the shorter winter days and instead only rises up as far as ¾ during the middle of the day. Interesting yeah?
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Display in the 2012 FotoFreo Photography Exhibition

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I will be featuring in this year’s FotoFreo exhibition. I’ve provided some details below:
Reflections in Solitude – March to April 2012
FotoFreo Photography Festival 2012 Logo
Part of the 2012 FotoFreo Photography Festival (Australia’s largest photography festival), Reflections in Solitude will display a small number of miscellaneous large scale prints depicting Australian landscapes by Ricardo Da Cunha. This is a relatively small exhibition and is a stepping stone into the larger and official “Reflections in Solitude” Australian Landscape Photography exhibition to be held at a later date. Admission to the exhibition is free.
Date: 17th March – 15th April
Opening Times:
Friday from 12:00pm till late
Tuesday – Sunday 6.00pm till late
Maya Restaurant
75-77 Market Street,
Fremantle, WA 6160

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How to capture a digital landscape panorama

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The next educational how-to series on all things landscape photography of Australia reveals how to shoot and then stitch a panorama image. This first part focuses on what is required when out shooting the panorama where part two will then provide instructions on how to finally stitch the separate images taken to produce the panorama. Should you be interested in receiving more free tips and tricks then subscribe to this blog to receive good quality, helpful and best of all free information on landscape photography of Australia. I also run popular affordable One-on-One Landscape Photography Courses in the Perth area to get you achieving professional quality results in no time. To get you started however download the free 20 Tips and Tricks to achieving Professional Results in Landscape Photography guide to learn many of the tricks that the pros use!

The advent of digital photography now means that it is easier than ever before to create a panoramic photograph. Trying to produce a panoramic image in the past with film meant a significant investment in specialist panoramic format equipment but now for a small outlay you too can be producing striking panoramas. The first part is the shooting. Using a DSLR, follow the simple steps below to capture all of the separate images required to stitch them together on a computer later:
7 Easy Steps to achieving a Landscape Panoramic Photograph
1. First of all a tripod is a must for taking panoramic photos and you must ensure that the tripod head is perfectly level!

2. Start-off by setting-up the camera vertically using a portrait orientation in order to reduce the amount of edge distortion and to provide more scope at the top and bottom of the frame for cropping later

3. Next with the camera in Aperture Priority mode (Av), determine the exposure required for each separate image that will be taken by panning across the entire scene whilst holding the shutter button halfway down in order to check the recommended exposure (in this case shutter speed). Change the shooting mode to Manual (M) and then set the exposure for the brightest frame in the set this way ensuring that you preserve the highlights in the brightest frame(s)

4. After setting the focus, switch to manual focus

5. Avoid using automatic White Balance (this does not apply if you’re shooting in RAW format)

6. Begin taking each image and overlap each segment by 30%

7. Shoot each image as quickly as possible to avoid any changing light. If shooting during the times of sunrise or sunset change your sequence of shots to start from the opposite side of the setting/rising sun
That’s it! Shooting digital panoramas is really not that difficult!

Bonus Tip: Never use a circular polarizer filter when shooting images to stitch together into a panorama as the circular polarizing effect in each image will create a wave effect and ruin the final panorama. This only applies if the sky is framed within the composition.

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How to Photograph at Night

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


Night Landscape Photography Information


To assist anyone that is interested I’ve listed a few tips below on what is required to shoot at night. Should you like to explore this area of landscape photography more I offer Private Landscape Photography Tuition sessions in which you may be interested in.

I’ve been getting a little into night landscape photography of late. Last night I had a lot of fun with some fellow photographs playing with different coloured lights to produce effects that we can’t record with normal human eyesight. Long exposures open-up a world of possibilities and creativity. The image below was taken over the course of 2 minutes whilst my fellow photographer friend Ian Dixon slowly moved his feet 360 degrees around a pivot point whilst spinning a coloured LED light. Whilst it sounds like a simple process in theory it is actually quite trickly to form a perfect sphere as the distance in the swings has to be kept constant. Getting it right makes for an interesting effect and something to add further visual interest to a night time landscape photograph.

Night Landscape Photography Tips:

Please note you’ll need a camera equipped with the Bulb mode
1. Look through the optical view finder – Live View is going to be useless to you when composing an image. Better still try and arrive whilst it is still light to allow you to compose the scene and focus
2. If you have to focus in the dark, use a torch to illuminate the focal point and when you can’t manually focus by illuminating the desired focus point, set the lens to infinity and back it off by just a millimetre or two
3. Set your White Balance to Auto
4. With your camera set to Aperture Priority (AV) mode, set the aperture to f/8 and increase your camera’s ISO to the maximum (i.e. 1600). Depress the shutter button and take note of what the calculated shutter speed is
5. Now switch from the AV mode to the bulb mode – this is the only mode that allows you to capture exposures greater than 30 seconds
6. Finally, decrease the ISO to 100 and adjust the shutter speed to compensate. For example, decreasing the ISO from 1600 down to 100 represents 4 stops (800, 400, 200, 100) where every time you halve the value it equals to one stop. This means that if the shutter speed was 30 seconds previously then it would need to be adjusted to increase by 4 stops which would be 480 secs (8 mins) (60, 120, 240, 480). It is important to change the shutter speed and not the aperture as to preserve depth of field that you want


Bonus Tip: Avoid turning on the camera’s noise reduction as it will result in taking longer for the image to write to the memory card (the same amount of time as required for the exposure) before becoming available for viewing on the LCD screen. Instead reduce any noise that may have been introduced into the image during the Post Production process


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Tips on Aerial Photography

Friday, November 25th, 2011

A new aerial image to share with you from the Great Barrier Reef and some very informative tips on aerial photography. This compilation of images was captured over the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns in North Queensland and includes Green Island National Park. For me looking at these images evokes a feeling of calm and peace and just proves how a photograph can exert a positive affect on us.
Keep the following tips handy with you next time you’re fortunate enough to capture some images from the air and if you’d like to learn more refer to my Landscape Photography Tips & Tricks. And for those of you keen to learn even more why not take one of my Private One-on-One Landscape Photography Courses which will teach you everything you need to know to start getting great results fast!

Aerial Landscape Photograph of Great Barrier Reef

Handy Tips of Aerial Photography:
1. Shoot using the following base settings: aperture – f/5.6; shutter speed – 1/800 (set to this using TV priority mode) and set the ISO to whatever is required to achieve the specified aperture keeping in mind to not set it up too high as to not introduce any visible noise

2. Manually focus a millimetre or two back from infinity and use a bit of sticky tape to stick the lens to this point so that it doesn’t move during the aerial shoot whatsoever. This is very important!

3. If you’re trying to water, shoot at midday to achieve turquoise blue water

4. Use a zoom lens – i.e. 70-200mm to try to emphasis patterns (i.e. reef patterns, river and creek systems)

5. Don’t rest any part of your body against the helicopter or plane; your backside should be the only point of contact!

6. Finally, use your largest possible memory card that you have!
Shooting from the air is a lot of fun so most importantly of all have fun!
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Flow, Movement, Tranquility

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


Flow, movement, tranquility – these were the words and feelings that came to me when watching over the ocean when capturing the compilation of images below at Ellensbrook beach near Margaret River in WA’s South-West. Sometimes it’s worth slowing down and noticing all of the details that surround you. This compilation of images is very simple yet for me they trigger strong emotions, and for a moment, instill a sense of calmness and happiness. When out shooting landscape photography of australia and being surrounded by the natural world, all of life’s problems seem to momentarily disappear and it’s when this noise fades away do I begin to take notice of all the finer subtleties like the noise of the ocean and the interesting patterns that it creates. The following images are a product of this experience.
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Abstract Landscape Photograph Compilation


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Friday, September 30th, 2011

Last weekend I enjoyed the company of Denis Hogan on a short shoot trip around the Yallingup region of south western WA. I was rewarded with better conditions this time around compared to the last time with a couple of fronts moving thru over the two days. Persistence is a great thing in landscape photography. All the long driving and early starts are all worth it when you’re fortunate enough to witness something special.


Landscape Photograph of Yallingup in Western Australia


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