“My first tip is actually about gear. First of all, choose the right camera. Good quality cameras can be heavy, so find a camera that you will happily carry around. Lower quality photos are always better than no photos at all. Giving up on some quality of the images due to a smaller and not so technical camera can sometimes be a good decision. And make sure to protect your gear from the conditions while being outdoors. Rain covers and photo inserts are a good way to do so.”
Dutch photographer, Pie Aerts, @pie_aerts, has a different focus to Daniel. He is drawn more to animals. He’s also been a friend of ours for nearly two years and over that time he’s honed his skills he’s recalibrated a little from landscape to wildlife images. “His wildlife images, in particular, are really powerful, and his style is really consistent,” says Joel.
He echoes and expands on Daniel’s comment about gear (which Daniel expands on later). “My number 1 piece of advice for becoming a better photographer is to stop talking about gear and start taking photos. No matter which camera you own, the truth is that sharper lenses and more megapixels don’t necessarily enhance your ability to tell a story or compose an image. Real improvement only exists through practice and learning from failure, not through buying an expensive camera.”
Daniel’s images are dramatic, quite cool in tone and place nature at the centre. All his images have a clear focus: there is a story being told. They have a certain photojournalism style to them. If you like the sound of this, check out Daniel’s Instagram feed and read his tips:
- Draw the attention of the viewer into the subject. There are many ways to get your subject to stand out. One of the best ways is to use leading lines to guide the eyes of the viewer to the subject. It can be a road, river or even railroad tracks.