Dissecting Award Winning Shots

Photographing natural landscapes is always exciting and we go to beautiful locations to discover, explore and capture our experience. Gaining the confidence and understanding of how to build these images to an award-winning standard can be a very fulfilling and worthwhile pursuit and empower you to share more of your work and grow much more into your potential as an image-maker. This eBook has been developed over time to contain some great tools and reflections to this end.

I have handpicked a selection of landscape images that have received an array of national and international photographic awards and accolades to showcase and explore in depth key aspects of composition, technique, light and storytelling that help contribute to their success.

Unlock the ingredients to stunning photos you’ll be proud of

“My goal with this book is to share my knowledge, accelerate your journey to creating award winning imagery and hopefully save you valuable time and avoid much of the heart break I have been through in the process.“ Ignacio Palacios
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Dissecting Award Winning Shots: Landscapes Vol.1
Dissecting Award Winning Shots: Landscapes Vol.2

By Ignacio Palacios, Master of Photography

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Bringing Still Life to Life

When we think of still life, the first image that comes to mind is a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers. We think of drawing still life and depicting the object that is right in front of us. With still life photography, the emphasis is placed on your creative freedom to create an image, as opposed to merely capturing an image. The simplicity and stillness of your subject allows you to truly zero in on elements such as arrangement, lighting and composition, and try out new techniques.

The hero of a still life image is the subject matter. Observe your surroundings and pay attention to different textures, colours and shapes. Choosing objects that work together visually and keeping a similar theme allows you to tell a cohesive story within a single image. When deciding on your subject, you don’t necessarily have to stick to the traditional flowers or fruits. Older, antique subjects could be interesting, as their wear and tear has a subtle, untold history about them, making you wonder what they’ve been through. Alternatively, create a more modern still life photo by using more contemporary stylish trends and colours.

Your subject matter can be visually pleasing, or it can be extra personal. What you want to achieve with still life photography is to create something new out of an ordinary object and challenge your viewer to think about the subject in a different way. Only then, will you be able to create truly impactful works of art that aren’t merely limited to what the object is.

Lighting is one of the best ways you can adjust the mood or inject an interesting element to your visuals. With natural lighting, simply place your subject by the window and angle it in different ways to test out how the light hits your object. Furthermore, being patient and snapping shots at different hours of the day — morning, afternoon, golden hour, blue hour — could yield vastly different effects that might surprise you!

As for artificial lighting, light reflectors can allow you to manipulate natural light in your scene. Other equipment can also be used to soften shadows, illuminate the subject and highlight different textures. The trick to making your picture seem like it has been taken in a professional studio is to set your camera to a very fast shutter speed, low ISO setting and a narrow aperture. Doing so will keep ambient light out of the image and give you more control over the light from your flash.

No matter what kind of lighting you decide to use, the fool proof way to master still life photography is through trial and error. Take your time with it — after all, your subject isn’t going anywhere!
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Still Life Photography: Bringing Still Life to Life
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A beginners guide to photography | The essential guide

Let’s start with a big question—what exactly is photography? While artists, scholars, and academics might debate the philosophy of the captured image, the scientific terms are a little more straightforward.
Photography is the art or practice of creating images by capturing light. Yes, we can expand that definition greatly, but in its essence, that is photography. Images are recorded, either electronically by a sensor, or chemically by something like film, and then printed, projected, or recorded.

by Elke Vogelsang
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I am Photographer
by Sasin Tipchai
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by Simon W Xu
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Land of Fire
by Lisa Holloway
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Fox on railroad
by Toni Hallikas
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A beginners guide to photography | The essential guide
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The Power of Thematic Projects

One of the best things you can do if you wish to improve as a photographer is take on weekly assignments that will force you to focus on particular subjects or techniques.
The power of concentrating your efforts on thematic projects can’t be overstated.

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The Power of Thematic Projects
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4 stunning action food photos

Want to present your food in a little more exciting way than usual? No problem, in our latest video world-famous food photographer Helge Kirchberger and 2 Michelin-Star chef Jörg Bruch show you 4 stunning and creative ideas to do just that! Explosions, fire and ice – it’s all part of this (action) video!

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4 stunning action food photos
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