There is something majestic about being able to enjoy your photography for what it is and where it takes you. Truthfully, we all want to have this feeling whenever we hold a camera and simply let go of everything that holds us back; whether it be the constant comparison of our work to other photographers, the struggle to identify our talent, or the trifles of always wanting better cameras and lenses than we can afford.
If you’re searching for inspiration, check out some of these photos from Iceland shot with nothing more than a Canon Rebel and a handful of lenses by student photographer, Jordan Proietti.
“I grew so much as a person and photographer from this trip. I learned more in the 10 days I was abroad than an entire year of schooling.”
Better gear doesn’t always make a better photographer; sometimes what we really need is a good photographic eye and the drive to find the people, places, and moments worth capturing. Photography needs to be something we pursue passionately that makes us yearn to embrace our inner explorer.
Jordan laboriously spent every day from sunrise to sunset (sometimes staying up as late as 2 am) shooting and editing Icelandic scenery alongside fellow students and professors. When you have an opportunity like this, your inner explorer takes over and the possibilities are endless!
“My professor and mentor once told me, “No one asks Picasso what paint brush he used to paint with.”
Good equipment can be really helpful in your photography but shouldn’t be a deciding factor that hinders your creativity. Even if you’re working with just a compact camera, know your equipment to its fullest including its limitations and apply that towards your needs or what you wish to capture.
Remember, you can still take lousy pictures with a $5K camera if you have no idea how to shoot manually. If you don’t have a macro lens, shoot your standard lens in reverse with the mount facing outside. If you don’t have a diffuser, make one using tissue paper and a sturdy frame.
“One of the reasons I love this image is because it is unique to the trip, I was the only person who stood here and took this photo.”
Everyone rushes to capture what seems to be the most appealing element in a given circumstance. A sunset or lakeside can only be photographed so many times before it becomes too boring to be unique anymore. Take the time to step outside the crowd and notice the details others don’t see.
“Once everyone started heading down to the waterfall for lunch, I decided to go the opposite direction and stumbled upon this lupine field.”
In the realm of photography, flexibility and persistence are key to getting those killer pictures. Some shots may come unexpectedly and might turn out to be the best ones from your trip. Always being aware of your surroundings can help guide you to getting memorable and stunning shots, like this one.