ViewBug community member Francesco Gola is an Italian engineer who's fallen in love with photography. Born in Italy in 1981, as soon as he started taking pictures he fell in love with long exposures of seascapes. For him a long exposure is a parallel universe in which to escape from the frenzy of modern life. His passion for the sea and for travels let him to visit some of the most iconic locations on this planet looking at them with different eyes. While continuing to travel in search of new landscapes to be photographed, he now lives and works in Milan where he collaborates with companies, sites and magazines for the diffusion of photographic culture in Italy and in the world.

Enjoy the following 5 tips:

1. Be inspired.

We all have a few photographers who we tap as our source of infinite stimulus. Do not try to copy their photos, but instead try to understand them. From a technical point of view, inquiring about what equipment and settings they have used, from a more emotional point of view, ask yourself why a particular shot gives you such a strong emotion. That's the only way you can really grow. But do not let someone else's style become yours. By doing so, you will only tarnish your inner voice.

2. Do not underestimate planning.

Take advantage of the potential of the internet to visit the places you want to photograph even before going to the field. Try to figure out when is the best time to accomplish your goal by evaluating tides, weather, blooms, and anything that can significantly affect your image. Remember that between summer and winter the sunset point will be completely different.

3. Use a light touch.

Believe me, it is not with the heavy post-production that will leave the mark. Gentle tones and delicate transitions are as essential as a good composition, and if you do not find a good light in the field, do not expect to find it in Photoshop.

4. Do not miss the details.

The most beautiful sunset in your life will be useless if it is out of focus. If you are in Iceland in the winter and you are without any spare batteries, your night in the field to photograph the Northern Light will last a few minutes. If you are shooting a long exposure and do not cover the Viewfinder, light infiltration will ruin your shot. In photography, as in life, details make the difference.

5. Have fun.

There is nothing more stupid than to take it all too seriously. When you go to the field, the real goal should be to enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature gives us. If you are planning a trip just to take a picture, you will almost certainly fail because you’ll not be able to control the weather conditions, and so the light. Do you know what is the most beautiful moment in photography for me? It's when I've finished assembling the equipment and I have to wait for the perfect time to shoot. At that time I sit and listen in my headphones my beloved Ludovico Einaudi. The music in the ears, the wind on the skin, the breathtaking landscape in front of me. In that moment, I feel part of the everything. It is at this moment that I find the Soul of the image I’m going to take, even before I take it.

Really good, right? Check out Francesco's profile and get inspired!