Maybe I’m late to the game on this one, but if you have a tripod and aren’t using a ballhead, you really should be!
Focus on the Unconventional
In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with headlines and news that is filled with negativity or just plain old doom and gloom. And worse, it all happens so quickly in this fast-paced, internet, smart phone, iThis and iThat world. Volumes of information are sent our way from all kinds of sources. Blogs, websites, social media, advertisers came at us from all ends. It’s an “I need it now” world, and like it or not, most of us fall victim to these anomalies, often not knowing it.
Recently I have been writing as well as stressing in my photography workshops, that we must slow down, and “be into the zone” in order to attain the right state of mind that will give us the chance to create artistic images when we are out in the field.
Today, we have at our fingertips the most advanced equipment that our pocketbooks will allow us to purchase. We can process image with unthought-of technology non-existent, just a few years ago. This is useless unless we embody the creative process.
With all of this technology surrounding us, many photographers ignore the need for creativity and imagination and rely on the technology to produce the end product. This is what I call the “I can fix it in Photoshop” mentality. This is a prescription for failure. Unless we use the right side, or cognitive side of our brains, our creativity will be forever stymied. How do we do that? Read on.
I’ve been noticing a trend recently in people’s attitudes and perceptions on landscape and nature photography. I see it across different segments of people I talk to and work with—photographers on workshops, print buyers in galleries, people I follow and who follow me on social media, and just talking to friends on the street.
But I’m also seeing it in the industry as well, whether that be professional established photographers or leading magazines.
What trend am I talking about? The trend towards a more organic manipulation and processing of images, a return to reality, veracity, and hopefully art for art’s sake.
I’m getting a strong sense that the tides are changing against a heavy-handed approach to digital processing and manipulation. People are not impressed anymore with super saturation, or technical perfection, or perfectly exposed images where every tonality is perfectly captured and presented leaving little to the imagination.
Troy The Tree recaps some of OPG’s best moments in 2012. The video above tells all.
Thank you to all who made this year one of OPG’s greatest and have a happy holidays!
This time of year, all photographers have a wish list for the holidays. From worldwide famous shooters, to our wonderful vendors, to our local pals, we bring you great photographers’ picks for this Holiday Season. You’re sure to get some great gift ideas here!
Thanks to all of our participating photographers, and here we go…
Hailing from Canada, Chris Dodds is an inaugural member of the elite Canon Northern Explorer of Light and X-Rite Coloratti initiatives. He is a full-time freelance nature and wildlife photographer, nature photography workshop & safari leader/instructor, photography educator, blogger, and lecturer. Check out Chris’ popular blog at http://www.naturephotographyblog.com/ , his workshops at http://naturephotographyblog.squarespace.com/workshops/ and his stunning portfolio at http://www.chrisdoddsphoto.com/.
- Cotton Carrier System for Two Cameras. This has got to be one of the most useful photo accessories that I own – and it’s a Canadian Company, eh!
- Jobu Jr. 3 Gimbal Head. I love mine so much, I bring it everywhere that I go! (and it’s made in Canada as well).
- X-Rite i1 Display Pro. Well, for all the money that so many spend on their photographic equipment and computers, this is to make sure they all see the world the way it is supposed to be seen; in a color managed environment where prints match the computer screen.
- LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System. There are so many people that should invest a small amount to ensure RAZOR sharp images from all of their lens and camera combinations – this might still be my biggest secret to consistently creating tack sharp imagery.
- Eckla Multi Rolly Gear Cart. The one thing I would really like to have under my tree!
Alan Murphy is the premier songbird photographer in the nation, if not the world. Author of several ebooks on songbirds, Alan’s images are stunning and masterful. If you’re serious about bird photography, by all means attend one of Alan’s workshops. Find out more about Alan at www.alanmurphyphotography.com.
- Apex Bean Bag. So many uses for getting that shot, either in the car or on foot. The included plate makes a great mount for a gimbal head.
- LensCoat RainCoats. Great for shooting in snow this time of year!
- Kwik Camo Photography Blind. I have several of
I’m often asked what are some of the things I practice in order to improve my photography. There are many as you might imagine, but one that I’m constantly working on is patience. In fact, one of the things I see most often when I’m teaching workshops is a lack of patience.