The difference between GOOD and BAD PHOTOGRAPHERS


I used to be a bad photographer. In this video I talk about the main reason that my photography has improved. I also travel to the coast to photography the sand dunes and amazing grasses.

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30 thoughts on “The difference between GOOD and BAD PHOTOGRAPHERS

  1. I really loved the first image at 7:00 . I feel that th path has a nice C curve that gets continued by the beach diagonaly towards the human, which again creates scale and mood to the image. The colors are also very very nice 🙂

  2. I recommend people take a course on art appreciation and learning all about color. Those two things will greatly improve a photographer. The technical side is actually pretty easy.

    I also tell people to not be tempted to overly edit their photos. To many, if not most, photographers feel they need to use Photoshop or every tool in Lightroom, for example, in order to make great photos. In most cases the results are awful and unrealistic.

  3. Really appreciate you taking the time to honestly voice your internal thoughts about your work – thoughts no doubt shared by all of us. Great to hear them from you, and broken down. Thanks mate ?

  4. There are lots of photographer in instagram that have more followers than nigel
    But when i searched them in youtube, Nigel still has more

    I guess because Nigel is more education oriented than others, and thats what people search in youtube

    Still they all amazing photographers tho

  5. I started photography few months ago and I feel like my biggest issue is the ability to judge whether a picture is good or not.Therefore I always go on reddit like r/photocritique to ask others to judge my picture and I've learnt alot from there.

  6. Unless you are amazing you will never find the “best shot” from a location on the first visit, only the obvious shot. Every other time you visit you will find something new and often better.

  7. This is good. I do feel like I've improved over the last few years specifically because I consider "how could I have made a better image" and I never blame the weather or anything external, I think, "where should I have stood, crouched or climbed" to have made a better composition? What setting SHOULD I have used. I love watching photographers on You Tube. I learn so much. I'm not a landscape photographer, more of a documentary photographer, but I still learn from videos like this, also Simon Baxter here on You Tube. Love watching Jared Polin's image critiques, Fstoppers, SLRLounge etc. So inspiring, to see beyond the surface.

  8. i like you nigel, your down to earth and honest about your journey to where you are now. there are a lot of people who watch videos on you tube and think that every pro photographer turns up some place take one shot and its perfect but we all know thats not the case although i think we all get that lucky shot at some point. im glad i subscribed to your channel. i like going to cornwall as there are so many places down there and with the change in seasons and weather every visit is different even high and low tides make a huge difference

  9. Good educational video! What type of lighting do you use? It looks like, particularly in your cabin studio, that you have window light (or maybe it is window light).

  10. What the public sees: A GOOD photographer is popular or gets paid for their photography while a BAD photographer is unknown or makes little or no money with photography. We photographers all know that a great photographer may be unknown and even a little light on cash. However, we have also seen popular photographers, especially on Ewe Tube, who are full of hot air with minimal talent ( other than Nigel, of course ).

  11. The mark of a good chef is that he can make a delicious meal with any ingredients. It's the same with photography. A great photographer can make any environment look beautiful.

  12. Funnily enough, I've been thinking along similar lines just this last week. I made a list of everywhere I have scouted out for (wildlife) photography and made notes on each- to make sure that I wasn't discounting any locations prematurely, and to encourage me to go back to some. Anything to encourage me to be more organised is a good thing! Thanks for sharing this video. Hannah

  13. Photography should not be defined as good or bad. Every picture is worthy of being good, because some aspect of existence or emotion is visualised. I don't want to be some arty farty photographer, I don't have a high end expensive camera, I don't have any fancy lenses or expensive photo edit software, what I do have (in my humble opinion) is an eye for composition, and this is more important than trying to define photographers as good or bad.

  14. Hey Nigel! I like the videos when you go in depth describing what works and (even more) what doesn’t work in your compositions. I love seeing the photos and critiquing the photos before I hear your reactions to them and learning more about composition that way.

  15. An old rule for taking photos like this one is to have a clear subject. A lone tree, weathered and decaying structure, large rock, clump of flowers, person, animal, or any other object. There needs to be something for the viewer's eye to center on. You were trying to do this with the trail, but it does not stand out enough to accomplish the goal. The frustration with shooting landscapes is there's rarely anything in the frame that accomplishes this. The best shot I saw was video of you walking in the tall grass. The simple truth is while a scene can be very pleasing to the naked eye, it just doesn't work when photographed. It's why great landscape photos are so appealing. They are difficult to find, but really stand out when discovered and captured properly.

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