Bob Holmes: Natural Lighting and Travel Photography Tips

Bob Holmes: Natural Lighting and Travel Photography Tips

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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 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+.

Some Older Comments

  • Dee Hamilton October 19, 2012 02:20 am

    So, on a photo such as the one with the horse and buggy, what would the ISO setting be? These are often confusing especially with the setting sun gleaming in the background.

  • anthony smith November 3, 2011 06:21 am

    Thanks for the video. Very inspiring.

  • CatWalker November 2, 2011 04:43 am

    Fabulous video with great information!! His work is so inspiring, and still he is very humble :) He gives some wonderful, honest insight. Thank you for posting - this really is great!!

  • matej slezak photography October 30, 2011 03:47 am

    cool video, thanks

  • Tapas Mallick October 28, 2011 11:46 pm

    I would like to see such great Videos more often here.

  • kevin bucchio October 28, 2011 01:15 pm

    Great article. Well worth the read. Plus a sick Vid.

  • Marco October 28, 2011 11:10 am

    All of the videos on Marc Silber's site are good, it is only a shame that he lost Sandisk as a sponsor so not as many coming anymore. I sure wish someone would get behind him to do more of these videos. Google his name to find his site.

  • rder October 28, 2011 09:16 am

    I use natural light almost exclusively. Sometimes I have to wait for just that moment - but more often it's right in front of me and lasts only minutes if not seconds. Me fiddling with settings (old and slow as it is) often loses the moment.

  • Bilal Kh October 28, 2011 08:19 am

    Really a great post ! thanks for sharing :)

  • james lowther October 27, 2011 03:53 pm

    That was simply great. Can't agree more.

  • raj singh arora October 27, 2011 10:11 am

    this has got to be the most honest, insightful, clear n profound interview i have seen of a photographer......thank u so much......it reaffirmed most of the things i believed in.......i love bob holmes from now :)

  • Lou October 27, 2011 09:05 am

    one of my favorite articles I have read on the site

  • Carolyn October 27, 2011 05:16 am

    Ahh! Okay, this link

    My Project 365

  • Carolyn October 27, 2011 05:15 am

    What an inspiration! Traveling, taking pictures is my dream. Thanks for the interview!!


    I am a travel photographer in training working through a Project 365. Follow my journey!

  • Tom October 27, 2011 02:05 am

    wonderful interview. Entertaining and informative. a true inspiration to me.

  • Robert October 26, 2011 03:30 pm

    Agree with Darren: equipment no more makes a great photographer than an oven makes a great chef.

  • Pamela October 26, 2011 12:19 pm

    Consistency is key. I like this. Anyone CAN take a good photo, but it's the consistency that sets professionals apart. Good interview - thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel styles October 26, 2011 11:06 am

    Photography can be a great career if you enjoy taking pictures and creativity. But to be a great photographer you have to know how the camera works and what each part does. If you don't know, this article gives a great explanation.

    http://explainlikeakid.blogspot.com/2011/10/photography-terms.html

  • Gnslngr45 October 26, 2011 07:41 am

    Completely agree with Darren's summation. When I "see" something, it usually turns out to be a good photo even if I didn't get all the settings right.

    Flickr:

    http://bit.ly/oufr4c