Snapchat

I don't do a lot of personal Facebook updates because I don't believe in sharing only the best of my life. If you are into short videos and snaps, you can now add me on Snapchat. It's mostly boring everyday stuff. It's about how I spend my time – a dive into the reality of my life. Tune into my Snapchat account to see. You can download the app here: http://www.snapchat.com for iOS or Android phones. 

Add me from this link: https://www.snapchat.com/add/mikkolagerstedt or use the snap code below, my username mikkolagerstedt

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Eight key things that make you stand out on Social Media – Major PING Alert!

Here is something a bit different from my regular posts. However, I believe it's something you will enjoy and learn from, whether you are a photographer, business owner or a freelancer.

Last year I had the pleasure to teach a workshop in PING Helsinki (maybe you saw this post back then), which was a fantastic opportunity to share my knowledge about photography. This year I had the pleasure to get an invitation as a Content Guru. 

So what is PING Helsinki? It's THE place where businesses and content creators are gathered together to share their vision and knowledge but most of all it's about the community and fun! I enjoyed the inspiring keynote speakers and workshops; I learned a lot. The most important message from the festival for me was that it made me remember what is the most important part of my work. The community! 

I have been a photographer for over seven years and through the time, I have been part of many communities. My first real online community was Flickr, which was the biggest photo sharing network at that point, and still people are using it. Getting feedback about my work was an essential part of my journey. I never would be here if I would not have been part of this community. See one of my first posts on Flickr. Getting comments from other photographers gave me the courage to continue with my work.

I have had my share of luck with social media, for instance, my Facebook page has now over 870 000 followers. I believe it's because I have always tried my best to keep up with the comments and share my knowledge as best as I can. Answering to messages and emails and by replying to comments can take up time. I still think it's essential. I have also been sharing my techniques and photography knowledge. It's about the community; it's not just about you or your work even though it all starts from there.

Eight key things that make you stand out on Social Media

  1. Create the kind of work YOU enjoy doing
  2. Do it regularly
  3. Share your work
  4. Keep your work consistent
  5. Fail
  6. Learn from your mistakes
  7. Engage with the audience
  8. Repeat

And I believe this works for any work you put out and for different kind of platforms as well! 

PING Helsinki 2016 – That's me second from the top left with a bunch of my fellow Instagrammers – see my huge ears and a black cap...

PING Helsinki 2016 – That's me second from the top left with a bunch of my fellow Instagrammers – see my huge ears and a black cap...

Shoutout to my fellow Instagrammers from Ping Helsinki

If you didn't know this is my Instagram: @mikkolagerstedt

Juuso Hämäläinen – @juusohd
Jaakko Kahilaniemi – @jkahilaniemi
Jaakko Kivelä – @jaakkokivela
Julia Kivelä – @julia_kivela
Anna-Elina Lahti – @annisellis
Sofia Lavaste – @slavaste
Joonas Linkola – @joonaslinkola
Konsta Linkola – @konstalinkola
Pekka Pelkonen – @pekkelsson
Konsta Punkka – @kpunkka
Teppo Tirkkonen – @teppotirkkonen

If you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it! If you have any suggestions for future tutorials, leave a comment. Finally, thank you PING Helsinki for the hugely inspiring festival! 

If you are on Snapchat, follow me there to see behind the scene footage! Click here @mikkolagerstedt to add me on Snapchat. (You need a mobile phone with IOS or Android to use it)

The Abandoned World - Plane wreck in Iceland

There are plenty of unique views in Iceland, and while I visited the country, I knew this plane wreck was one of those sights I wanted to visit. Walking around this iconic plane wreckage in the darkness of night was one of my favorite and most emotional experiences in Iceland. The wind made the wreck make ghostly sounds in the dark. I felt alone and inspired in this vast, surreal landscape. If you have visited the place you know, it's in the middle of nowhere (Sólheimasandur). I knew the story behind the abandoned plane wreckage; I still wanted to vision a different storyline. 

After a long rainy day, there was an opportunity to capture the plane wreck with an interesting and different vantage point. I carefully placed the camera on a tripod to the lowest possible height, close to the little puddle of water to create this perspective. I had to capture the scenery with multiple exposures to give it the final look because the wind kept blurring the water. I also wanted to get enough detail in the dark parts of the wreck. 

If you want to learn my star photography techniques, you can view my eBook Star Photography Masterclass where I go through my star photography vision. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8 G, Sirui R4203 L Tripod & Manfrotto 3WAY-Head
Sky: ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.
Plane wreck & black sand: ISO 500, 14 mm, f/2.8, 14 min
Reflection: ISO 8000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.

Post-Processing

I selected the photographs I wanted to stitch together in Lightroom and applied Saga Preset (Ice) to each of them. For combining the three horizontal images, I used my Vision Of Depth technique in Photoshop. The hardest part was masking different parts of the pictures together to create the unique depth of the final artwork. After I had stitched the image together, I applied another of my favorite presets: Hint of Blue (Saga).

If you want to learn all of my techniques view The Complete Photography Bundle.

 

The Abandoned World – Sólheimasandur, Iceland – 2016

Path to the Milky Way

I arrived at this location so late; I didn't have time to plan for the shot. I had in mind to combine the Milky Way with an interesting foreground. I saw this beautiful ridge of rocks and captured the scenery with Milky Way in the back. I used my Vision of Depth method to capture the scenery. 

EQUIPMENT & EXIF

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8, Sirui R4203 L Tripod & Manfrotto 3WAY-Head
For the sky ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.
For the foreground ISO 500, 14 mm, f/6.3, 30 min. 

Post-Processing

First, I edited the colors for both of the exposures with my Saga Presets (Add Some Bunch). For combining these exposures, I blended them together as shown in another tutorial in my eBook. For the final adjustments, I added contrast and ran another Saga Preset (Frozen).

Path to the Milky way – Iceland, 2016