Tips

September 1, 2015

The world of photography is an ever changing medium, in which a new camera or accessory will be out of date in mere weeks. Camera phones are extremely versatile and produce amazing images, with less bulk than a DSLR. Let me see you carry a DSLR with a 500mm lens in your pocket! Photography in this day and age depends entirely on what your goals are in taking photos. If you want to take snapshots just to share with friends, or an occasional wildlife or scenic shot, a camera phone or small point-and-shoot camera will work well for you. Although I have seen some of these small point-and-shoot cameras go for over a thousand dollars or more! Like I said, it depends what you want to do with your photography. In my case I prefer the DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses. The image quality on a DSLR for enlarging prints is a must for anyone wanting something larger than a 4x6 print. The advancements in photography are, and will be, mind blowing in the near future. Whatever makes you comfortable in taking that perfect image, just do it! I will not recommend any one camera maker, because I do believe they are all good, and deliver great images. As I said before, it depends on what you want to do with your images. With the advancements in equipment, everyone can be a decent photographer, and some will become great! Keep taking those images.


Janury 23, 2013

We are now well into the digital age of photography. I'm sure there is some die-hard film shooters still left in the world, but I personally don't know of any. There is so much you can do with digital that film didn't offer. I was a die-hard film user until I realized that if I didn't get on that digital bandwagon soon, I would be missing something quite wonderful. I left film for digital, and never looked back. I'm still from the old school of photography, and don't do a lot of computer enhancing. I'm that way from the film days when if you didn't get that shot on the first or second try, you probably weren't going to get it at all. With today's cameras and computer enhancements, it is quite easy to make a bad picture look pretty good without much work. I often tell people that anybody in this day and age can be a decent photographer, and encourage people to do so. One can get into photography very economically, or spend a great deal of money on it. It depends on what you want to do with your photos.

When I'm out in the field shooting nature, I now can see instantly if my camera settings are correct or need an adjustment. It's then up to the photographer to decide what needs to be done in order to get that perfect shot. My favorite saying in photography, especially nature, is you got to be at the right place at the right time. This has been true in about 80% of everything I've ever photographed. Another tip I always have in the back of my head are these three words; composition, composition, composition. When you look through that viewfinder, you should see your picture, the exact way you want it, before you even touch that shutter. No subject's heads cut off, subject's too high, low, or off to the wrong side of the frame. Focus and blurry pictures are the biggest faults I have in digital. With cameras capable of extraordinary clear images, the slightest movement will cause a blurry picture. You may never notice it until you make that enlargement. The tripod and monopod industry must love digital photography!

I can't wait to see the advancements that will happen in photography in 2013. I also can't wait to see if I can make into that right place and time in 2013. Keep shooting, and have fun.


Janury 21, 2011

It's hard to believe 2010 is over already. In my nature photography started very slow and ended with one of my best years ever. I believe I slowed down a bit and thought about some of the basic rules of photography. These rules I refer to are just the simple things you learn when you pick up any "how to" magazine or instruction book of a new camera. The newer cameras do it all, and I mean it all. The trick is to just read, and then read some more. Then one day when you are out shooting, whether it is a landscape, bird or maybe a deer, you will look down at your camera and automatically know what settings are best for the shot.

In 2010 I got my "best" Eagle, Elk, Hummingbird, Fox, Deer and maybe even some great scenic shots. Being in the right place at the right time sure helped, but a quick check of my camera proved invaluable. I actually watched my lighting, my composition (very important), and my backgrounds. Things I've been telling people for years, but was guilty of not listing to my own advice! In 2010 it all came together and really worked!

How does one top a great year? Continue reading and practicing what you read. I'm wondering if I can top last year, but you know what? That's a great goal to work towards in the coming year, to do even better.

Have a great year in photography in 2011. Read, read and read!!! It pays off.


June 10, 2010

After a slow start to 2010, thing are starting to roll. Most of the spring birds are back, and some are already on their second brood. I'm getting lots of reports about baby owls, and bears. I've photographed a bald eagles nest for the first time this year, and that just might have made my 2010 complete. You don't get many second chances on shots like that! Spring is almost gone. Many of my spring goals in photography fell way short. As many of you "die Hard" nature photographers out there know, there is never enough time. Digital photography is still growing fast. Every time I receive a new photo magazine, something new is coming out. The latest is video in the DSLR'S. As a still photographer, I can't get too excited about the video feature. It depends on what you want to do in nature photography. Right now I use an entry level digital camera, which does a great job. I tell people in my talks that there isn't a bad digital camera out there. Even the point & shoot cameras do a fine job. Again, it depends on what you want to do with photography. I still believe that it isn't the type of camera, but the person behind that viewfinder, and what they see, that makes the "perfect" picture.

Remember, in the remainder of the year, follow your photo lists. Take the shots that you believe will be the best composed. Composition is a key word in photography. Background is another key. Stop, even for a split second, and look at your background. It might make a big difference in your photo. Enjoy my updated website. There will be more to come,

Keep shooting !!


March 11, 2009

2009 is upon us already. Itís time to make our wish lists for the upcoming year. I always make a list of the things I would like to photograph the most during the year. I often do not photograph everything on my list in any given year, but it gives me a goal to work for. Being a wildlife and/or nature photographer, sometimes your goals are hard to meet. Conditions, having much to do with the weather, play a large role in this goal. Letís just hope we have good weather conditions in the year to come, so most of our photographic goals are met. An example of this is happening in the first part of 2009. The weather has been very cold and snowy. This keeps me out of some of the places I like to go back in the deeper woods. Spring will get here, and then on to the goals.

Digital photography is now firmly established. I hope everyone out there has tried it. I see some film labs are shutting down. I believe this will happen more and more. Digital advances are happening almost daily. I canít wait to see whatís going to be available in just five or so years from now.

So, my tip for the year is simple Ė make a photo list, and try to photograph everything on it. It will be fun to try, even if you donít make your whole list. Thereís always next year.

Keep on shooting.


November 25, 2006

In the last few years, photography has made a remarkable turn around. Digital Photography, which was thrust upon the public, virtually overnight, has taken over the photo world by storm. Everywhere you go you see digital cameras in use. What has happened here? Where is film? Never fear, there are film cameras still being made, and new film advances on the market every day. This brings me to my topic, or tip, as the title says!

Just over a year ago, when I would give talks on outdoor photography, I wouldnít even mention digital! I was a die-hard film guy, and nothing was going to change me. The more I read about digital, the more I began to have a real interest in the subject. I soon had the feeling that if I didnít get on the bandwagon soon, I would be left in the dust. Late in 2005 I bought my first digital camera. It was a SLR that would use all my lenses. Then came 2006, when I began using the digital only. I have not used any film since! Not being a genius on the computer, it has been a learning experience all the way, which I have fallen in love with. My ďtipĒ or just plain advice is very simple. Try digital! You donít have to buy a five thousand dollar camera to start. The digital point & shoot cameras work very well, and have great optics, with a low price tag. I now find I have the freedom to take better pictures, because I can see instantly what my exposure is, how my focus and background is, and if it isnít right, I erase it. Digital may not be for everyone, but it works for me. My photography is all still ďnaturalĒ. No ďsuperimposingĒ scenes or animals that shouldnít be there. I do use the computer to brighten and sharpen the images, when necessary, but what you see is really there! Yes, I still have my film cameras. Thatís what got me here, I just canít let them out to pasture!! Check my galleries. Iíll bet you canít tell which are digital or film!!?


September 6, 2002

One of my basic tips for amateur nature photographers out there is simple - Try to take your camera with you, if possible, whenever you leave the house. I often take my camera with me to work. Nature is very unpredictable, and you never know when a great photo opportunity will be right in front of you. If you don't have a camera the photo will be lost.

An example of this is early in the spring of 2002, while I was at work with no camera, I got a frantic call from the people in our first floor office to come down right away. When I arrived, there was a "Sharp-Shinned" hawk that just made a kill on a Starling not more than ten feet from a open office window. It guarded its catch for at least a good ten minutes before flying off. What a photo it would have been...I often think, if I only had my camera that day!

I have people coming up to me almost every day saying "You should have been with me the other night, I saw this or that." My first words are always, "Did you have your camera with you?" You know what the answer always is!

 
 
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