Part V: Chasing the Light with Light in Alaska

Photographs © Rick Sammon

This is the final installment in a series of posts I am writing aboard the Northern Song, the boat the Light Photographic Institute is using for its first Alaska photo workshop of 2011. I'm co-leading the workshop with fellow Canon shooter Hal "Bull" Schmitt, the lead instructor and director of Light - which also produces the California Photo Fest – the must-attend photo event of the year. 

Each day, we chased the light, as photographers do every day - and night.

(I hope to see you on one of my workshops - perhaps in Alaska in 2012. Shoot me an email to get on my workshop list.) 

Because there is no internet on the boat, I'll actually be posting when I get back on land - so each Alaska post you read was actually written about a week ago.

I'll be including some of these photographs (with composition tips) in my next Kelby Training class: Composition - the Strongest Way of Seeing, which is scheduled for release later this year. For info on all my Kelby Training classes, click here.

Today's tip:

Use shapes and lines to lead the view into the photograph. As always, composition is one of the key elements in the making of a good photograph.

When it comes to the horizon line: place it at the top of the frame when the foreground is interesting, and vice versa.
For more photo tips, see my iPad and iPhone app: Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffett.

I hope to see you on one of my workshop. See the Workshop tabs at the top of this page.

Explore the Light,

P.S. Photo gear:

Top photo:
Canon 7DCanon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD and 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens 

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras 

Bottom photo:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras