One of the most important things I did as a budding landscape photographic artist was to study the work of others, particularly that of the masters. I was able to view their work and ask important questions such as:
- Why is this photograph successful (or not)?
- What is the light doing? (direction, quality, color, consistency, etc)
- How important is the subject matter?
- How are the elements arranged in the frame?
As a photographer-in-training asks these sorts of artistic questions, they will find that strong photographs often have many things in common, and weak photographs also tend to have things in common. If said photographer applies the attributes of strong photographs to their own work, their photographs will almost immediately improve and they will have a much clearer understanding of what they need to work on.
If you enjoy my work as a photographic artist and you are an amateur photographer, I encourage you to study the sixty-four photographs in my book Glorious Light. Ask the questions above for each image. While Glorious Light is not an instructional book, you can learn a tremendous amount by studying the photographs and reading some of my first-hand accounts, just as I studied (and continue to study) other photographer artists’ work.
If this interests you or perhaps you have an up-and-coming photographer in your family, you can pre-order my book now for only $39 ($10 off) and you’ll receive a special signed and numbered copy, plus a complimentary 8×10 matted print of your choice.