How to Be Really Good at Earth Porn

Beach in the Philippines

Ever wanted to capture the splendor of all the mountains you’ve trekked and the beaches you’ve swam in? Here are 5 tips to help you capture the earth’s beauty, in all its naked glory:

  1. Plan ahead but remain flexible.

    Since creating earthporn means going outdoors, planning ahead is a must. There are many variables that you have to take into consideration, from weather conditions to whether you’d get there in time for the golden hours. This is especially true if you plan on taking photographs in a more remote location, such as a mountain or a far-flung island.

     

    You may also want to bring the right gear along, such as a tripod and wide-angle lenses for your DLSR, or similar accessories for your action camera. And don’t pack your schedule too tightly—this gives you a bit of flexibility to shoot another day, just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

  2. Look for the horizon.

    By finding the horizon and making sure that it’s straight, you avoid the need to straighten up your photo in post-production (unless you’re going for a certain angle).

     

  3. Have a focal point.

    Having a focal point is important as it helps differentiate your earthporn shot from other landscape pictures of the area. It will also help draw the focus of a photo’s viewers, drawing then into the shot, allowing their eyes to rest after wandering through the image.

    If you want to see what an earthporn picture looks like without a focal point, you may not need to look further than an old Windows XP computer:

    Bliss - Windows XP

    This wallpaper is actually a real photograph entitled Bliss. It is a picture of some hills in Sonoma County, California, taken by former National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear in 1996. As described by David Clark of British magazine Amateur Photographer, "[I]t's attractive, easy on the eye and doesn't detract from other items that might be on the screen are all contributing factors." Hence, the lack of a focal point makes it a great background—not necessarily the first thing to catch your eye.

  4. Find the right depth of field.

    Ever noticed that when something is too far or too near, it becomes blurry? That’s connected to the depth of field. Also called the effective focus range, the depth of field pertains to the range of distance wherein objects appear sharp to our eyes.

    Playing around with this measure on your camera helps us set the right focus for a landscape shot. By shifting to a smaller aperture, the entire photo will appear consistently sharp.

  5. Same attraction, different viewpoints.

    Don’t pack up yet after you’ve captured the perfect sunset photo on the beach. Try capturing the same attraction but from a different vantage point first. These three photos of the Manila Bay sunset are good examples.

    First is the typical sunset shot:

     

    However, by walking along the Baywalk, you can find another vantage point, such as these shots (both taken on the same day):

     

    Paglalayag.⛵⛵⛵ #moa #manilabay #alone #nature #picoftheday #pinoy #asian #beach #DAY7

    A photo posted by Ethan Andrew (@ethan_andrew09) on

     

    Or you can even let the camera capture the scene differently:

    /Sunset/ || Proud to say that this shot is an absolute head turner, literally. Taken 5:46pm via iPhone 4s.

    A photo posted by Erick So (@ericksion) on

     


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