October 9th, 2013
by Robert Rodriguez Jr.
Buck Pond, Adirondack State Pk – Canon 1Ds Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L IS), No Filters
Setting The Scene
Proper exposure for any photographic situation is a balancing act between light, depth of field, movement, and camera noise. Determining why you choose one exposure setting over another depends on what you need in order to capture the image in your mind, OR make the best possible photograph given actual circumstances. So lets explore these ideas using a real world example of a deceptively simple photograph I made a few years ago.
October 2nd, 2013
by Clay Cook
When you love photographing wildlife and you mix in the idea of travel and adventure, it will eventually happen. Whether it be Alaska and the Arctic for bears, India for tigers or Africa for everything else, you will eventually go to one (or all) of these places. Once you commit to the safari of your choice, there are many decisions to make. In this article we are going to focus on 10 camera accessory items that will you’re your life easier and your safari more enjoyable. So let’s go!
September 25th, 2013
by Adam Griffith
These days, most photographers spend way more time staring at a computer screen than peering through a viewfinder. Despite this, we sure do spend a lot more talking about lenses and cameras than widescreen monitors. Perhaps that’s because editing tends to be the far more tedious part of the job. With a little investment though, you can make those late nights pouring over the day’s images just a little bit more comfortable.
September 16th, 2013
by Martin Bailey
Today I’m going to walk you through my data backup strategies at home and in the field. This is in response to a listener question from someone that heard me talking about this briefly on This Week in Photo. I should precede this with the disclaimer that I’m perhaps a little bit paranoid with my backups, but I should also add that I’ve never lost an image in 18 years of digital imaging, and that includes scans of slide film from way back when.
September 6th, 2013
by Robert Rodriguez Jr.
Canon 1DS Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 24mm (EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM), Manual, No Filters / Processed in Lightroom 5
Have you ever thought about how competent you are as a nature photographer? Or whether your competence in one area is limiting you in another area? Say for example you’re really comfortable with editing your images, so comfortable in fact that you pay less attention to composition or camera technique.
In this post I want to explore competence, and see how that can be use to help you improve your vision and your craft.
September 5th, 2013
by Mike Moats
I’ve seen many images posted in various websites of mixing oil and water and always thought they were really cool images. For what ever reason I never took the time to photograph oil and water. So I finally decided to take some time and give it a go. Here is how to do it with simple basic household items.
1) Clear glass pie dish or clear baking dish.
2) Cooking oil
4) Multi colored photo, fabic, wallpaper, etc.
5) Two tall drinking cups
6) Butter Knife
I fill the clear glass pie dish with about an inch of water and add maybe a half cup or oil. I used a stool to set up my system on, but a small table will also do. The two tall drinking cups are placed underneath the pie dish at the outside edges to support the dish. You can see below the pie dish I have a print of one of my fall multi colored leaves. You can use fabrics or wall paper, that has lots of colors. I set up inside next to a window for lots of light, but you could do this outside as well.
August 28th, 2013
by Clay Cook
When I first heard of the product CamRanger in October of 2012 in New York City at PhotoPlus Expo I was immediately intrigued.
I don’t actually own a laptop, so tethering to an iPad tablet has been a long awaited process with trial and error. My first experience was with the Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card; a memory card you place in your camera, the card transmits a wireless signal and supposedly you connect to that signal source, boom, your tethered. Except it didn’t really work. Even set to low-res JPEG, transfer times were grossly long. Also, conflicting signals would constantly kick the connection. Among the many times I tried to make it work, it actually performed as it should, twice.
When I saw the CamRanger and all it could do, I was severely skeptical. However, I couldn’t help the excitement.
August 22nd, 2013
One of the things I like to play with especially when the light is not all that great is creating motion blurs. I do this by intentionally dragging the shutter (shooting at a slow shutter speed) when shooting a moving subject. What this does is allows any subject movement to register as a blur in the final image. This not only gives the image a nice sense of movement but it also lends a beautiful painterly effect to the shot.