P#35: Show Notes for Mountain Photography -- An Interview with Ed Cooper

Ed Cooper reveals what it takes to capture the splendor and majesty of the world's most awe-inspiring mountains in a single photograph

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Mountain photography is exhilarating and rewarding, but it is also quite challenging. How do you even begin to capture the beauty and awe of these amazing landscapes in a single photo? Master photographer Ed Cooper has risen to that challenge time and time again, and he's sharing his secrets with us during this 7 Photography Questions interview.

Discover what it takes to master the amazing world of mountain photography as Ed tackles our top seven questions.

Show Notes for 7 Photography Questions Interview With Ed Cooper

Topic: Mountain Photography
Host: Dr. Audri G. Lanford
Guest: Ed Cooper
Main Website: EdCooper.com
Locations: Sonoma, CA and Boone, NC

This episode of the "7 Photography Questions" Podcast is sponsored by Calumet Photographic and www.SecretsofMasterPhotographers.com.

7 Biggest Mountain Photography Questions for Ed Cooper

1. Can you share some of your favorite stories about photographing mountains? What is your mindset and approach to mountain photography and climbing? What are the 2 or 3 things that you feel are most important about how you approach photographing mountains?

2. What would you say is the biggest photography mistake amateur photographers make when photographing mountains? Also, what is the biggest myth and why is it untrue?

3. What lenses are your favorites for mountain photography? Do you use a tripod? Which one? Also, how do you shoot when a tripod is impossible to setup in tough terrain? Can you also take a moment to describe your use of filters, especially polarizing filters, for high altitude mountain photography, and are some brands of polarizers better than others?

4. How do you hike safely and lug around a camera with all the accessories you need? Also, since weight is an issue when climbing or backpacking, what is the best "go light" kit that maintains high photo quality? Any other tips on gear?

5. How do you create a sense of magnitude and distance? Do you have any recommendations on incorporating foreground elements into your photographs? Also, can you share a couple of your "secrets" for taking such amazing photographs of mountains -- especially in terms of composition?

6. Do you have any suggestions for dealing with extremes of dynamic range, such as a dark valley and a bright sky?

7. Would you suggest one or two exercises our listeners can do to improve their mountain photography?

Photographer Bio


Ed Cooper has been in love with the mountains since the1950s. He was the first "climbing bum" of the Pacific Northwest and has combined his passion for the mountains with his love of photography.

Ed is truly a world-renowned photographer and climber. He has starred in a national television commercial as well as an award winning movie, In The Shadow of the Chief - The Baldwin and Cooper Story, which was based on his 1961 climb in British Columbia.

It was in the 1960s that Ed decided to capture the essence of the mountains he was in love with on film. Since then his work has become world-famous and has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic and Audubon.

Ed also has published an award-winning book titled Soul of Heights: 50 Years Going to the Mountains. The book includes dozens of photographs from Ed's historically-significant climbs. He has also recently published a book titled Soul of the Rockies: Portraits of America's Largest Mountain Range, which was just released in November 2008.

Artist's Website


Resources Mentioned During the Podcast:

65mm lens (similar to one seen here)
1000mm lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 10MP 12x optical zoom
Tiffen filters
2 1/4 folding camera
Nylon bivouac sacks
20 megapixel digital camera
Adobe Photoshop
35mm camera
35mm lens
Polaroid film

Books By Ed Cooper:

Soul of Heights: 50 Years Going to the Mountains
Soul of the Rockies: Portraits of America's Largest Mountain Range

Photographs Discussed In This Interview:

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