Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pata's photo advice

Today I was Pata Degerman's travel and adventure photography lecture at Helsinki's Partioaitta. Cool lecture, he's a great speaker, and had many stories and good advice.

Pata is a well-known climber and explorer in Finland. He's been to the north artic region tens of times and seven times in Antartica.

I was surprised to find out that Pata has been around photographing many volcanoes, including some great shots of the early times of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

His photography lecture covered many things, a lot of the tech, like waterproof protection sacks for the cameras, charging batteries with solar, equipment handling in cold, and so on. He also talked about the art side, of course. Some of the points I picked up:

  • "If the sky is grey, don't photograph it" :-)
  • "Move closer" :-) he demonstrated this technique with his many polar bear and wolf pictures...
  • The rule of the thirds; place the object of interest in one of the intersections in the 3x3 matrix on a camera screen.
  • Eyes... focus on the eyes, get the sun reflecting from eyes, and get the special coloured eyes if you can find them.
  • For photographing people with hoods, bring colour and light to their faces with a reflector.
  • Try to use the golden hour sunlight around dawn and sunset.

Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

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