Outdoor Photography

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Keep Still! A Challenge of Close Up Photography Made Easier

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KEEP STILL! Trying to get a sharp image of a wildflower defiantly dancing in a baffling breeze can generally drive the most laid-back photographer into involuntary utterances of impolite language. Sure, one can up the ISO to 1600, set the aperture to f/4, hope for a lull in the gale, and perhaps get a sharp…

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Right Brain Photography

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My approach to photography stems from having majored in art for three years. During those three foundation-building years, I studied composition, color theory, and design. I had a chance to take a close look at the works of masters like Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Salvadar Dalí and others. I learned about the ways form,…

On this visit to a safari park, I assumed correctly that I wouldn’t be able to get too close to the animals. As such, bringing my 70 – 200 mm lens proved invaluable. Taken at 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, and ISO 100 with a 70 – 200 mm lens zoomed to 200 mm.

Travel Photography – How to Become a Luckier Photographer

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You’ll often hear one photographer comment on another’s work by saying “Wow, that is an incredibly lucky shot” or “Wow, I wish I was lucky enough to come away with a shot like that.” I appreciate the sentiments in both sentences, and there can be no denying that all photography will have an element of…

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Style and Content: The Questions of a Photographer

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Some call the look of pictures ‘style’. Although that is a convenient word, the look of a photograph is made from many conscious and unconscious decisions, and from out of the entire personal history and social context of the photographer. ‘Style’ is therefore more than a passing fashion. Each photographer has a language composed of…

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Why Photograph?

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This is not in the first case a blog about technique; there are already many good books and blogs available; it is about ideas and how they inform the picture making process; it is about developing a fundamental point of view, the bedrock of picture making. Finally it is about deciding what to photograph and…

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Soft Proofing in Lightroom

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Lightroom allows you to marshal an image from import to export, which means you don’t need any other software to give most images everything they need.  Lightroom’s ability to work with different color spaces has grown impressively over the years, and users of the newest versions—Lightroom 4 and up—will get the most benefit from this…

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