One of the struggles of a beginner photographer is seeing the world in a different way.

We’ve all become so blind to the beauty around us that you have to retrain your brain to see things in a new way.

Beginner photographers are always asking me how I find such amazing locations. My answer, open your eyes, they’re all around you. You really don’t have to go anywhere.

This was one of my biggest fears when I first started. I thought I had to have the best locations to have full control over the environment I would be shooting in.

But after a while, I decided to challenge myself and let my clients choose a location. This would force me to find good spots on the spot the day of the session.

That’s when I discovered that almost any location can be a good location, you just have to learn how to see it.

Here are some photos showing what the locations look like and then showing how I see them.

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Bartek Kempny 7 months ago

How much post processing went into the pro photos?

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Last Hurrah 7 months ago

Keep your mouth closed when you look up at the birds!

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Chris Daemon 7 months ago

That ain't a content turkey. I want to see what happened 30 seconds later!

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BusLady 7 months ago

This is a nice location, though. I wish I was there right now with my bare feet in the water.

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Maggie Grover Bacher 7 months ago

props to the photographer taking pictures without a tripod and a kid on his back. i know from experience how hard it is when the kids "help". but it's worth the help to have them part of what you do

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Lisa Dueck 7 months ago

Martin, expensive gear isn't necessary. If you have a cheaper 'slower' telephoto lens, you could compose the image with the subject closer to the lens and the background further away... and still get that smoother background. I also don't think he's doing much other than a white balance correction in photoshop to amplify the mood in the shot. But who cares anyway... he's demonstrating a way of composing shots that amateurs sometimes haven't figured out yet. More knowledge for the people. Thanks Phillip!

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Misterscooter 7 months ago

Holly Hobbys.

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Baron von Awesome 7 months ago

Wow. I like the lighting in this one

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Norma 7 months ago

Make a wish!

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Susan Rigo 7 months ago

Love it!

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BusLady 7 months ago

Love the little one's smile.

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BusLady 7 months ago

I like the balance of the green in his shirt with the background.

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Sabrina Huber 7 months ago

What the hell is up there???? These boys are always looking up at something.

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BusLady 7 months ago

Little show off!

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Mishte Tine 7 months ago

I love how the girls get deeper in the water as the photos progress (you can tell because the denim smocks are dry above the waterline). At that age, idve been aching to just start swimming in that beautiful, clear water... hoping to see that at the end of this post!