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Bob Holmes: Natural Lighting and Travel Photography Tips

A photographer that I’ve long admired is award winning Bob Holmes who is a renowned travel photographer. Bob’s won many awards including Travel Photographer of the Year (3 times), has 46 books and has been featured in many major publications including National Geographic.

In the following video Marc Silber interviews Bob Holmes on the topic of Natural Lighting and travel photography – I hope you find it as insightful as I did.

Some key take away advice from Bob Holmes that I took away:

  • Learn to Look at Light – as the camera looks at it
  • The important thing about taking good photographs is not to be worried about it
  • Cameras get in the way of good photography – if you’re always adjusting your camera you’re not looking intensely enough at your subject
  • Even Bob occasionally forgets to check his ISO and shoots at the wrong level
  • Research is a big part of Bob’s travel photography. He travels as light as possible with just a few of lenses and DSLRs
  • ‘Seeing’ is the most important aspect of photography – most people look but don’t see. Equipment is secondary.
  • Composition – always scan the edges of your frame. Be aware of what you’re cropping out and including.
  • Photography is deceptively simple – keep shooting!

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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