Figuring Out How to Shoot a Better Composition – Michael Frye Episode 64

Michael Frye

I’ve been following Michael Frye since I first started getting serious about landscape photography, so he’s always been on my list of potential guests to have on the Photography Roundtable Podcast. I was very excited to talk with Michael about the subject we both love, landscape photography.

There was a lot to talk about, too. I wanted to ask Michael about everything from what he shot that morning (even though he didn’t go shooting) to his latest switch to mirrorless cameras. What I didn’t think we’d get into, however, was discussing how to go through the thinking process of creating better compositions by removing distracting elements.

I’ve learned a lot from Michael by reading his blog, but I also learned a lot from him during our twenty five minute discussion. One of my biggest takeaways is how much every photographer has been impacted by the work of Ansel Adams whether they know it or not.

What’s in this episode?

  • No, Michael did not go shooting the morning of the interview… he has been shooting some interesting stuff, though
  • How Michael Frye got started in landscape photography
  • What has the work of Ansel Adams done for Michael, and for photographers everywhere
  • Changes in the Yosemite Valley from the drought
  • How Michael Frye sets up a shot when he’s out in the field
  • The process of knowing what is distracting in a composition and then removing it
  • Why Michael switched to mirrorless
  • Do adapters reduce image quality?

Michael Frye’s Gear

 Sony a7R Full-Frame Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera – Body Only

Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera – Body only

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Links from this show

Michael’s Website

Workshop Destinations with Michael Frye

What’s the Least Interesting Part of This Photograph?

Michael’s ebook – Landscapes in Lightroom 5

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