Members Forum




In my opinion there are eight elements necessary for success

1.Talent - Natural talent is something you are born with. You either have it or you don't. If you don't have it, you can still go a long way on the other seven elements.

2. Skill - This is something you can learn, like climbing.

3. Knowledge - You need knowledge both of your craft and of climbing itself. Study climbing.

4. Practice - Photography is a physical as well as a mental skill. Practice will make you better at both. Skills improve dramatically with practice.

5. Desire - Your philosophy and attitude will affect your work. When I go out to shoot climbing, I want the great action and great content. I expect to get them. My goal is to combine a great moment and great content in a single picture.

6. Work - Make a commitment to excellence. Shoot it like you would if you were climbing. Concentrate and figure out the situation beforehand. If the climber is approaching the crux and it's a slap up and left, they're going to be looking up and left, where are you? Backs of heads aren't particularly interesting. Be in a "zone of your own" of concentration. Know the situation and what's going to happen.

7. Opportunity - You can't always control what opportunities you have, but you have to seize them when they come along

8. Luck - Some say you can't control it, but it favors the prepared. 

Focussing on outdoor and adventure photography as a career, Tim has been delivering professional photographs to the International Press, global corporations and over 40 specialist and sporting publications for many years.

Panoramic photographs can be made by taking a series of photos and stitching them together to produce one long image, or by the use of a specialised camera.
If you have a digital compact with a 'panoramic' mode in its menu, this is very useful as it fixes the exposure and white balance for all the pictures in the sequence. DSLR owners will need to set the exposure and white balance manually.

1. Preferably use a tripod to keep the camera as level as possible; it's a good idea to use the camera vertically (portrait orientation) as this will result in a wider picture.
2. If taking a 'Hand held' panoramic hold the camera as still as you can, and try and keep the camera level. Take the next picture making sure that the next shot overlaps the first one by at least 25%. Imagine the camera is on a tripod, so you keep the camera in the same place and you walk around the imaginary tripod (doing this reduces the effects of parallax error).
3. You can use any focal length but stick to the same one for all the shots.
4. The exposure, needs to be an average exposure for the whole scene either set the camera to manual mode with these settings or use the exposure lock button. Try and avoid having the sun in the shot as this will make it difficult to get an even exposure and blend between frames.
5. If your camera has a white balance control then fix the WB to one setting.
6. Take the sequence of shots allowing at least 20% - 30% overlap between each shot.
7.  If taking shots with people try and keep them in the centre of the frame and away from the overlapping areas as this can result in ghost like images.
8. Unless you have a panoramic head on your tripod avoid having objects very close to the camera, this will make any camera movements between shots very obvious.
9.  Scenes with many large objects at differing distances often work well. You will often need some sort of interesting shape on the larger scales to make it look good. I find that a large feature at each end of an image to 'book end' the scene can work very nicely.
10. Graduated Neutral Density (ND) filters help balance a bright sky with the landscape. Stitching There are lots of different software packages for stitching your pictures together. I have tried several and have found Autostitch to be very successful and free to download from Stephen Elliott