Mitzi Ilagan | Fotograpiya

Nature and photography sounds like a perfect combination, right? May it be summer or not, you could capture various spots when you’re at the beach. The problem is, the sun may be shining a little more than the usual during this season. That is one reason why editing softwares and applications were invented. If you’re not too early to capture the soft tones of the view or if you’re too late not to catch the golden hour, the lighting will be something you should always keep track of.

In addition, summer photography doesn’t necessarily mean shooting in full-color. Editing apps and softwares could help you give a distinguished look on your photos depending on how you modify them. Filters are also now a thing because in a click, a unique specification for a photo is set. The photos above were edited through a mobile app called VSCO. It is one of the most used editing apps, especially for photo sharing sites like Instagram because it is easy to use and has a lot of features. These photos’ controls were tweaked to have a faded look.

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Photo By: Jace Villajuan (Processed with VSCO with j4 preset)
summer photography, travel photography, photographer, landscape photography,
Photo By: Jace Villajuan (Processed with VSCO with j4 preset)

For these photos, a Canon EOS 700d 18-55mm was used. The brightness, contrast, temperature, saturation and shadows were adjusted. Filters are readily available in mobile apps but sometimes, a set of photos do not have the same details that is why if you use the same filter for one set, the appearances would not be consistent.

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Processed with VSCO with j4 preset
summer photography, travel photography, photographer, landscape photography,
Processed with VSCO with j4 preset
summer photography, travel photography, photographer, landscape photography,
Photo By: Jace Villajuan (Processed with VSCO with j4 preset)

You may notice that some of the photos do not have a subject that is too obvious to see. You do not see the horizon, a starfish or even a group of friends clad in swimsuits. Instead, they show landscapes, abstract subjects or even random things that one could see in the location. This is a good technique because having no concrete subject may lessen the distraction and may emphasize the aesthetic quality of the photo and the view. Together with the filter or the adjustments, these photos have set the mood, ambiance and the emotions altogether.

When at the beach, photography does not only apply when in action. You are also not required to follow the rule of thirds. You do not need to bring bulky lighting equipment. A good photographer does not confine himself within the limits of the rules and even goes beyond the norms. So on your next summer photography adventure and on your next set of photos to be uploaded on Instagram, go try and see for yourself.


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