Photography – How To Create Quality Landscape Photographs

Moraine Lake Sunrise Colorful Landscape
Moraine Lake Sunrise Colorful Landscape

How Can You Create Quality Landscape Photographs?

Today, landscape photography is very popular, perhaps more than ever before. If you think about it, you can probably remember seeing at least two landscape prints that you felt connected and drawn to. Photography can be an art form and more than just a pretty picture; Landscape photography is a message you want to convey to your audience, whether is it is the beauty, the devastation, a historical perspective or an emotion, it is your message.  Now, if you specialize in landscape photography, you may think that capturing a great image is simple. But, there’s more to it than simply aiming a camera and taking a photo. You need to pay attention to detail, and make sure that you have great lighting, and properly place the subject you are photographing. It’s also important that you have the right equipment to aid you in your pursuit of photography.

Black And White Landscape Photography

With black and white landscape photography capturing an amazing image is even more challenging than if you were taking color pictures. With color taken out of the equation, you are forced to focus on lighting and shadows more, which can be challenging. The composition is also very important; you need to pay attention to how you frame an image and look at edges, textures, and tones that you see. The goal is to get your camera to capture an image in black and white that looks like what your eye would see in color.

If you choose to try your hand at black and white photography, you should try to focus on capturing images of buildings and water, since these are the most common subjects for this type of photography. Pay attention to highlights and shadows, as well as the angle from which you take the picture. When photographing water, water can  provide an excellent contrast to trees and rocks, which helps to capture the eye of the viewer. Another great technique is to take photos of landmarks such as buildings and bridges to help draw the viewer in.

Color Landscape Photography

Paying close attention to contrast is essential with color landscape photography. While color gives an image a more vibrant look, it also makes it harder to achieve the contrast you need to create an interesting image. For example, if you are taking a picture of water under a blue sky, there probably won’t be enough contrast to interest people looking at the image. But, if you take a picture of water under a sunrise or sunset when the sky is bathed is reds and oranges, you are more likely to get a much better image. Remember that you need to take your time, set up properly, and take multiple pictures to ensure you have choices, that accidents destroy or cause to lose the composition of your picture.  

Position is important

As it happens, I have more than once found the best picture of a landscape or other subject was not the one I originally intended to take.  By taking multiple pictures from different positions, vertical angles, and lighting perspective, a person sometimes gets a far better picture or series of pictures than a carefully planned and choreographed approach.  

Lighting For Landscape Photography

A landscape photographer depends upon natural lighting rather than artificial lighting, which means you will have to adapt to your subject since you won’t be able to alter or control the lighting. Filters can be used to achieve some specific effects.  For best result use of a professional grade camera and tripod is recommended.  Other things to consider where lighting is a concerned are:

Desert Dune In Partial Shadow
Desert Dune In Partial Shadow

Use of shadow

Taking advantage of shadows can add a lot of character to our landscape shots. However, it will take some patience, and you will have to leverage what mother nature has to offer. In the case of a landscape photographer, we have to work with the shadows that are provided by the angle of the sun, other objects in the landscape, such as mountains, trees, and clouds. Whether only partial shading is involved or perhaps complete shading of one object in the non-shading of the remainder of the landscape, shadows can add a significant amount of contrast or pictures.

Forest With Golden Autumn Colors
Forest With Golden Autumn Colors

Use Of Seasonality

Seasonality, can add character in a number of ways. First, is the simple color of the changes that occur in certain parts of the world and fall and spring and winter and even the nature of what is there to offer such as snow cover. Also, the sons lighting tends to change across the season’s fall, and autumn may have yellow were sunlight then Midsummer. Working with what the seasons provide the same landscape can look stark if it happens to be a deciduous forest in winter, glossy bright this new snowfall warm hot and dry and Midsummer heat. So, there are reasons that even the same landscape character can change in just a few weeks and therefore, it doesn’t hurt to return to the same landscape multiple times to take advantage of the change in character.

Forest With Sunrise In Background
Forest With Sunrise In Background

Use Of Time

Time is also important to a landscape photographer, both from the perspective of the time of day; morning, noon, evening, night, dawn or dusk. But there is also another characteristic of time, which can be very useful when taking landscape pictures, which is time-lapse photography. Time-lapse photography provides a character to landscape photos in certain circumstances. In those instances where you have movement in the environment, such as running water, windblown leaves, branches waving in the wind, shadow movements across time, and others, time last photography can add character which no other approach can. Time-lapse photography is also a very good reason a high-quality camera and perhaps most of all a tripod.

Conclusion

With some planning and by honing your skills you can become a masterful landscape photographer  But, you have to remember that the small LCD screen you are looking at won’t show you everything that will show up in a final print. Always take more than one picture from different perspectives to provide more opportunity to have high-quality pictures to choose from and use or sale.  Just remember nobody is born a great photographer.  To achieve mastery takes, study,practice, a smidgen  of talent, a passion, and perseverance.

The Optimizing For Google Fallacy

Internet Search Engines
Internet Search Engines

There are great many posts that which could be found on the web that speak to how to optimize for Google. Actually, when it comes to speaking of search engine optimization (SEO) there is probably an extreme bias towards optimizing for Google. However, this could be a serious mistake, which could cost you a significant amount of traffic.

There are a number of metadata elements which provide an opportunity to add search engine optimization (SEO), which if you optimize strictly to maximize your Google search engine results will guide either be ignored or underutilized.

From a purely traffic point of view you could be missing an opportunity to increase your blog or website traffic significantly. Among my several blogs, depending upon the nature of the website, search engine results other than Google account for anywhere from 48 to 55% of my site traffic.

In the early days of my blogs,I to focus on optimizing for Google, seem like the obvious target. However, after I started taking advantage of them many metadata opportunities of my wordpress blog software, I saw a significant jump in my site traffic from non-Google search engines.

As you can see from the screen capture above from one of my sites, that there are a number of other search engines supplying traffic to my blog. All my blogs have similar patterns, but not necessarily for the same exact search engines, depending on the topic of the blog.

Some of the more common search engines from which my sites receive regular traffic are;

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Amazon Short Reads: How Many Words Equal A Page?

Kindle Short-Reads
Kindle Short-Reads

Kindle Short stories are increasingly becoming popular on Amazon. These are stories that range from about 1 to 100 Kindle pages. They can be read in about 15 minutes to 2 hours or more. If you are publishing, you must be wondering how many words exactly are needed to get 10 pages for instance. You may also want to know if the length of the story matters likes it did in print. Here are a few highlights on amazon short reads word count.

Kindle Short-Reads Word Count

There is no definite amount of words that a Kindle short reads should have. Amazon Short Reads word count could be anything between 250 and 25000 words. It depends on the quality of the content, quantity of pictures, genre and sometimes category. The page counts of the Kindle ebooks can range between 1 and 100 pages. As a writer and/or publisher, you are at liberty to choose how much to write within this range.

Normally, the estimated length is determined based on the page turns on a Kindle. These settings are meant to represent a physical book so that each turn becomes a page. The kindle settings for determining a Kindle page include font size (smallest), condensed typeface, small line spacing and default words per line.

Kindle Short-Reads Words to Pages

If you are planning to publish, say 20 pages, of a Kindle e-book, you must be wondering how many words exactly can fit in a page. Most people that have used this platform will tell you that a Kindle page is about 250 to 300 words. So for a 20-page short story, you may need 5000 to 6000 words.

Another way of looking at it is deciding how much time you intend your target audience to spend on the short story. Here are some tentative time frames that you can use to determine the short read words to pages for your audience on kindle:

  • 15 minutes: 1-11 Kindle pages (approx. 250-2750 words)
  • 30 minutes: 12-21 Kindle pages (2751-5250 words)
  • 45 minutes: 22-32 Kindle pages (5251 -8000 Words)
  • One hour: 33-43 Kindle pages (8001-10,750 words)
  • 90 minutes: 44-64 Kindle pages (10751-16,000 words)
  • Two hours or more: 65-100 kindle pages (16001-25,000 words)

Kindle Short-Read Categories/Ranges

When it comes to guidelines on amazon short reads word count, the category of the story does not matter so much. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, romance or art & photography, the main idea is to work with the provision of kindle pages as well as timelines.

Depending on the goals of your writing, you can use this e-book segment for different categories topics such as pitches, manual, photography or a short memoir. Remember, do not focus too much on quantity – short read word count – and forget to deliver quality to your readers. Ultimately, with proper marketing, a concise, quality Amazon short read will beat a wordy, low-quality short read hands down, any day.

Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post:What’s the Difference?

Blog Vs Article
Blog Vs Article

Have you ever wondered what the difference between writing a blog and writing an article is? Today, the words “blog” and “article” are often used interchangeably and almost synonymously, so much that the line between the two is virtually nonexistent. Although the two make up a quality online strategy, blog posts and articles are entirely different.

One of the most common questions is: is a blog considered an article? To answer this, you’ll need to be aware of the difference between blog posts and articles. Blog posts are meant to be posted on a weblog (blog), while an article can be published on any traditional media or digital publication such as a website. Now folks, let us see some of the other difference between article and blog post, shall we?

  • Facts Vs. Personal Opinion

This is one of the biggest differences between article and blog posts. Ideally, an article is supposed to be factual and clear of personal opinion. Article writing should focus more on reporting, providing statistics, facts and information.

On the other hands, blogs posting are generally informal and impersonal in nature. A nice blog should be more conversational, more interactive, casual and should draw in the reader by encouraging them to be more active.

  • SEO Keywords Requirements Vary

Typically, blog posts are meant to rank higher in search engines. They capitalize on SEO keywords to create a more robust SERP that will reach a wider audience. When writing a blog, it is important to take into consideration the use of SEO keywords to create better traction that will have the most significant impact on your digital strategies.

With articles, SEO is not the primary focus and can be quite insignificant especially when they’re not online based. Even when an article is published online, there is less emphasis on SEO keywords.

  • Article Vs. Blog Posts Length and Style

Blog posts are basically short, often ranging from 300 to 1000 words. Blog posts are meant to be quick and snappy and should get the point across in the most concise way. In a generation whose interest in verbose literature has fallen behind, blog posts should take less reader’s time and should be easy to read on the go. They should be written in a more casual tone, that is involving and not overly complicated. Use of slang, sentence fragments, and short paragraphs is accepted in blogging.

On the other hand, articles have no standard length. They can be anywhere between 300 words to 5000 words long. They should have flawless grammar and spelling. Articles follow a more sophisticated, journalistic writing style. They explore a topic in depth, which makes them more extensive.

How and When to Use Articles and Blogs?

Today, businesses looking to grow their online relevance must generate quality content. This may be in the form of blog posts or articles.

Articles are best placed on websites of businesses which need to keep their clients abreast with up-to-date information quickly and regularly. Blog posting is best suited where your goals include an increase in your stature as an industry thought leader, growing your brand recognition and creating better visibility on search engines.

But, really, these rules are not cast on a stone!

Unlike in the past, we are experiencing a blog-article convergence where blog posts are increasingly becoming factual and well researched. We also have longer posts that are going past the SEO keyword needs to create value for the readers. 1,000 (and even 2000) words blog posts have become fairly standard. With new Google algorithms, it is becoming important to create blog posts that deliver more value, are longer and which are more professional.

You can use the different nuances to article writing and blog writing to create a truly robust SERP. You can include both types of content on your website to amp your engagements and SEO.

While their styles may be different, the message conveyed through your article and blog posts should be consistent so that your branding efforts are not sabotaged. Your overall marketing goals and digital marketing strategies will help you determine whether to use blog posts, articles or both.

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5 Basic Types of Blogs

Blogging
Blogging

If you’re new to blogging and are seeking to grow your audience, or have been doing it for a while now, then you understand the challenge of creating unique, compelling, and valuable content for your readers and potential leads. This is, perhaps, one of the main pain points of blogging. So, how can you ensure that you continually produce content that catches the reader’s attention, build their trust, and increase your conversions?

One way is to use different kinds of posts. By varying the format of your delivery, you can take charge of how well the content resonates with your readers/audience. This post will look at the different categories of blogs, their main characteristics and how you can use the various types of blog content to inspire variety on your website or blog.

Let’s dive in!

5 Different Types of Blog Content to Inspire Your Blogging!

  1. Long-Form Article

Long-form articles are blog posts with more than 1200 words. However, depending on your niche, long-form article length is slowly increasing, with 3000-10000 becoming the new standard. This is a lot more than the 350-600-word articles that have always been used.

But, why the shift?

In the recent past, there has been a significant increase in content saturation and competition on the blogosphere. To meet the needs of their end user, Google implemented an algorithm that prioritized on quality and value, so that quality content would rank on top.

These new changes brought new challenges and opportunities. By having an emphasis on white hat SEO best practices, practices such as keyword stuffing were no longer relevant. Instead, the search engine now prioritized on length, quality and value.

Therefore, if you’re looking to rank highly on Google and grow a vibrant identity, you’ll need to invest in quality long-form articles that must deliver more value than other competing blogs. This way, Google bots will use length as a quality factor, besides crawling through your article for the appropriate keywords.

Why use long-form articles?

  • Long-form posts are great for SEO
  • Long-form articles are increasingly getting shared, hence will increase your brand recognition
  • Long-form articles will raise your conversion rates.
  • Long-form content will position you as an authority in your niche areas.
  1. Instructional/how-to blog posts

Since most of the internet users are looking for some solution online, how-to posts can drive massive organic traffic to your site. They are easily shareable and deliver real value to your audience. This means that you can be able to reach your target audience without too much hassle since they are relatively easy to write.

Use a clear and concise heading mixed with short but detailed subsections. Since instructional posts are becoming popular, be sure to choose a less obvious, more niche-focused area for your blog posts.

  1. News Story

People love to read news. If you’re looking to drive more traffic to your site, you can publish a news post. A great tactic to use is newsjacking’ that aims at taking advantage of current events that are news-worthy.’ You can weave in your opinion into the existing news story to create truly engaging content.

News posts are highly beneficial as they provide current raw information to your readers. Since they’re factual, they will present you as a leading authority in your space. We all want that. Right?

  1. First-Person Narrative

These are personal stories that engage your readers emotionally. A huge benefit of the first-person narrative is that you never really know what aspect will touch, inspire and motive your readers. If you’re promoting a business, think of ways you can make the company or brand seem real, humanized and more approachable. You can do this by telling a story about a customer’s experience or interviewing someone in/out of the company.

For a personal blog, weaving in some personal experience and how you overcame the challenges will work magic on your readers. Such posts done once in a while will create personal connections and ardent followership to your blog.

  1. Listicle

Listicles are always among the most shared blog posts on the internet. You can create a list on just about anything: from your best summer reading list to a list of your favorite eateries in your town; or it could be perhaps a list of your favorite web applications or 10 brilliant lead generation ideas. The possibilities are endless.

Lists are a great read and a must-have in your blog because:

  • The title tells you what to expect from the onset
  • You always know how much is left• They are easy to skim through
  • They can break a complex topic into digestible chunks without coming out as boring or verbose.
  • They’re easy to plan and write
  • They’re great for targeting core keywords
  • Updates can be easily made
  • Smaller listicles can be adapted to suit long-tail keywords.

So there you have it!

Use these kinds of posts to make your blog or website engaging and vibrant. The key here is to make sure that the reader’s expectations are met while still maintaining some level of variety that is truly rewarding.

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