If you don't know anything about it, photography is easy!

The countdown is on, with 7 days to go until the start of our NatGeo journey, where we will travel to France, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in just 2 months. Stay tuned and subscribe to my blog ( ← right here on the left in the black field) to get photo tips & tricks, see nice photos or just get travel tips.

One of my first photos of France, was also the cover of my National Geographic book "Old World, New World".

In the last few days, most of the things that come with the trip have already arrived: Food, DVDs, books, as well as a lot of photo equipment and sport & camping gear.

Our partners and sponsors also provided us with drinks, superfood & many delicious travel snacks, and my first Parrot Anafi Drone was also allowed to join us. With a resolution of 21 million pixels, plus the possibility to take pictures in DNG, I am especially looking forward to discovering new perspectives.

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no drone recording, but often I am looking for the highest point!

The equipment we use must of course also be mastered. If you should get a new camera shortly before your vacation, go out 1-2 times before and train to handle it like I did with my drone. Already with the first flight attempts I noticed how much fun it is!

My first drone picture 😉

When I teach photography, I always mention that we should also keep some of our "innocent photographing". Because taking pictures was never difficult as long as you didn't understand anything about it. Look back to your childhood, where you might have simply grabbed your grandfather's camera and started taking pictures, or today, where kids and teenagers or numerous smartphone users just go for it without thinking much.

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Often photographs, which are spontaneous and without much thinking, have become the coolest of my career!

Of course you have to master the craft of photography, but in the end it's all about the shot and that should always be the focus.

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Ruins, castles often appear in b/w and with dramatic clouds all the more!

Are we planning our route? In general terms yes, but the advantage of a motorhome trip is that we are flexible and love to refine the route in detail every day. For the publishing house I take pictures of England & Scotland, parts of it we already travelled some time ago, now we add the missing places and locations.

Our first rough draft of the trip

My equipment for the trip will be the following: my new Leica M10, Leica M Monochrome, Leica SL, plus the lenses VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8-4/24-90, APO-VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8-4/90-280, SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/24 mm, SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/50, my Surface Book 2 15 inch & 16 GB memory, and the above mentioned drone.

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Drone recording of the two of us - a DNG file - which I cropped a little bit afterwards!

If you have questions, you can ask me these here anytime as a comment.

see you soon, your Manfred

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15 Thoughts on "If you don't understand any of this, photography is easy!

  1. We are really looking forward to the photos of your trip, since we are also travelling in England in autumn, we hope for many tips! 😉

    1. Thanks for being there and reading! Love, and if there are any questions, just let me know.

  2. Since we have been to Scotland 3 times in the last 2 years I am very curious about your impressions!
    We love it in any case! Save Trip!!👍🏼👋☀️🦋💕

    1. we love england & scotland ... glad that you follow our blog! Have fun with our adventures

  3. Dear Manfred if you have the time, please write to me I would like to have a few photos of me, because my husband has passed away I need some nice pictures in my bedroom Thank you I would be happy Love Greetings Moni Schmied-Dorner

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