Nothing adds more interest to a wildlife photo than action. Whether it’s a fox pouncing on a mouse, a wolf chasing an Elk, or, as in the image above, two coyotes fighting, action provides us with a glimpse into the everyday life of the animals we are photographing. Because of this, action makes our photo viewers want to take a closer look, linger a bit longer on our images, and ultimately make a stronger connection with our images.
Most nature photographers enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of city life by wandering through the wilderness with camera in hand. We peer through viewfinders, absorbed in perfecting a composition and often unaware of what is happening around us. We haul around hundreds or even thousands of dollars of valuable photography equipment. Our vehicles sit [...]
From the top of the world to the bottom of the ocean, Emmy award winning photographer and videographer Art Howard has brought forth images from 25 countries and both poles. Art has covered an incredible range of events and environments in his career so far, and continues to work worldwide at a breathtaking pace.
Art got his first camera at the age of 9. He says it was “love at first touch”. In the seventh grade, he was introduced to the darkroom, and the power of the image emerging. Art loved photography but disliked the wet darkroom. The advance of a digital future was tailor-made for Art.
In high school, Art joined Explorer Post 5, a division of the Boy Scouts of America geared toward careers. Art says “Explorer Post 5 changed my life”. Post 5 exposed Art to the moving images, sound and stories of television. With cooperation from a local TV station, Post 5 produced a weekly TV show. Art became firmly planted in what would be a lifelong career.
Art got a job at that TV station and started out shooting the “weather shot”—the 30 second scene behind the weather stats. But Art had his heart set on being a news photographer. He applied (and re-applied) many times at that station and at others. He still keeps his rejection letters from that time. Underscoring the importance of mentors in photography, Art’s mentors kept him motivated until he landed a news job.
Art shot this video in a 4 man submersible exploring the deep coral communities of the Atlantic Ocean.
Support for the Aug 2009 Atlantic deep coral cruise was from NOAA, the Cooperative Inst. for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (UNCW and FAU), USGS, and the NC Museum of Nat. Sciences.
See Art's Top Tips for Video Shooting on our blog: link
Learn more about Art at his website.
Capturing video is a bit different than capturing stills. Although some of the same rules apply there are some key differences and some key techniques you can employ to make a compelling film.
As more and more folks are entering the world of video with the new video capable DSLRs I thought I would share with you my top ten tips.
W M T
Wide Medium Tight. Think about it, you need a shot for every 7 seconds of your story, roughly. You want it to move, flow, excite. You do this by creative framing; keeping your eye and the camera moving. Not literally moving, because too much movement can get you in trouble. I mean get a wide shot, move, get a medium shot, move, and get a tight shot. You can’t get too wide or too tight. Take the viewer places. You, if you edit, will thank yourself – and so will your viewer.
The sun rises above fog as seen from the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Maine's Acadia National Park.
The Maine Coast, including Acadia National Park has been inspiring artists for more than 150 years. In the 19th century, before the area had been designated a national park, Hudson River School painters like Thomas Cole and Frederick Church painted here, bringing back to the cities of the northeast canvases of iconic scenes from Eagle Lake, the Beehive, and the Porcupine Islands. Throngs of tourists followed and the popularity of the area continues to this day. In the 20th century, the park was photographed by America’s best landscape photographers, including Ansel Adams, David Meunch, William Neill, and in the 21st century, the park is still a mecca of sorts for photographers, with numerous photo tours visiting the park each year and plenty of tripods to be seen at popular spots like the summit of Cadillac Mountain and Otter Cliffs.
I’m sometimes asked what custom function settings I select on my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV camera, so I figured I’d share this information so that you can compare my settings with your own. I have also made my custom settings file available below for you to apply to your own camera if you want to try this. First, here are my settings.
This equates to the following custom settings:
C.Fn I: Exposure
1 – Exposure Level increments = 0 : 1/3-stop set 1/3-stop compensation
2 – ISO speed setting increments = 0 : 1/3 stop
3 – Set ISO speed range = * : Highest ISO set to H2 (51200). Lowest set to L (50) – I don’t use H3 (102,400)
4 – Bracketing auto cancel = 1 : off
5 – Bracketing sequence = 1 : -, 0, +
6 – Number of bracketed shots = 2 : 5 shots
7 – Spot metering link to AF point = 1 : Enable (use active AF point)
8 – Safety shift = 0 : Disable
9 – Select usable shooting modes = * : M, Av, Tv, BULB (I turn P off, because I will never use it)
10 – Select usable metering modes = – : Disabled; all metering modes available
11 – Exposure mode in manual exposure = 0 : Specified metering mode
12 – Set shutter speed range = – : Disabled; settable shutter speed range is 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec.
13 – Set aperture value range = – : Disabled; maximum aperture to minimum aperture of lens attached
14 – Apply shooting/metering mode = – : Disabled; Pressing the <*> button will lock the exposure (AE lock).
15 – Flash sync. speed in Av mode = 0 : Auto
16 – AE Microadjustment = none set
17 – FE Microadjustment = none set
Congratulations to macro master Mike Moats, an OPG blog regular and the author of best-selling ebooks in the OPG Store!
Mike just had an article published in the June edition of Outdoor Photographer magazine, which was delivered to subscribers this week and should hit the stands soon.
Mike's article is titled Diversify Your Macro Portfolio and is full of tips and Mike's inspiring images.
You can read the online version of Mike's article here: Outdoor Photographer
You can see Mike's ebooks in the OPGStore here: Mike Moats
Check out Mike's images here: Tiny Landscapes