November 14th, 2009
If you make portraits – be they of fish, birds, insects, people or animals, you need to think about catchlight.
They bring life to the subject. Without them, you might as well be shooting at a wax museum or taxidermy.
Here are some tips for finding the catchlight.
a. Make sure the light source is BEHIND the camera. If not, it’s going to be pretty tough to see that reflection in the eye of the subject.
b. If you can’t find the catchlight in the subject’s eye, move the camera until you can.
c. If moving the camera doesn’t help you find the catchlight, move the subject.
d. If no natural catchlight exists, consider using a reflector or fill flash.
e. Avoid multiple catch lights. There is only one sun so here on Earth so let’s make sure we have no more than one catchlight in the eye.
November 9th, 2009
Alan Murphy is a busy bird photographer. His work has appeared in publications ranging from National Geographic to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Alan also has a CD Book coming out in mid December detailing the secrets of his fantastic songbird photography.
Scott Bourne interviewed Alan earlier this year.
November 8th, 2009
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Photography is a two-dimensional pursuit happening in a three-dimensional world. When you see flat, boring, uninspiring photos, this can be just one of the causes. The photographer may not have understood the important relationship between the foreground and the background. You can use this relationship to add interest, change perspective and depth to a photo.
October 29th, 2009
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I’ve been using flash modifiers literally since I was a teenager. I’ve made my own and bought just about every conceivable retail modifier made – but as of this year, I’ve dumped almost everything but my HonL stuff. Here’s why…
October 26th, 2009
by Glenn Bartley
For many nature photographers, there are few places on earth that can captivate the imagination and inspire us to get “out there” like the tropics. The biological riches of these exciting destinations are unparalleled and these regions are rife with opportunities for nature photography. Consider for example that tiny countries such as Costa Rica host more species of birds than all of North America, or that in just one square mile of rainforest there may be as many as 50,000 species of insects. The biodiversity of the tropics is truly incredible!
The reality however, is that many of these species can be difficult to find and nature photography in the tropics often presents special challenges. Tropical countries tend to be hot, humid and rainy. The local wildlife is often not used to human presence and are reclusive. Information may be scarce about where or how to find certain species. And, it is often the case that the areas where these treasures can be found are under towering forest canopies where slow shutter speeds are the norm. As a result, capturing pleasing images of the natural world in these places presents a challenge to even the most experienced nature photographers. The tips in this article represent a few of the lessons that I have learned during my time spent pursuing images in the tropics.