Posts Tagged ‘Nature’

An instructional video for nature photographers – how to use layer masks to make selective modifications to your images.

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The Nature Conservancy is asking for your help in picking the winners of their 5th Annual Photo Contest. From now through February 7th you can vote for your favorites from the top 13 photos. Note that the email address field at the end can be left blank.

Vote at the Nature Conservancy website

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How to Display The Art of Nature Using Photography

I believe there are only two times of the year that nature can show its splendor, i.e, Spring and Fall.

What Season Displays The Most Vivid Colors? Silly Question.

Certainly, Fall is the season of color remembrance. It is a great gain to be in the right place to capture an event that can only return but once a year. In order to catch the most colorful scenes one must be willing to move from place to place even if it’s in the same general area. Sometimes a scene is optimized for only a few days in mid-October and is difficult to observe again for another year, especially in certain parts of new England. Waterfalls in the White mountain range of New Hampshire are a perfect example. I have provided a link to some local nature photos taken in southern New Hampshire in the Fall:

How Does One Prepare In Order To Guarantee Capturing Top Photos?

The first rule of thumb that I try to impress on anyone who asks is: Make sure you carry an extra set of batteries. I believe this is probably one of the prime reasons that even a dedicated photographer misses a unique once in a lifetime photo. Make sure you either have a fresh set of batteries or newly charged that have been checked with a reliable meter for the day you plan a photo session. It will probably happen only once after you have missed what you considered to be a prize photo.

Just A Couple Of Simple Points

Your camera has standard built-in settings, but it is wise to set the pixels per frame to the number that is comfortable for you. I usually set the “image quality” between 2 mega pixels and 4 mega pixels though lately I have been setting my frame resolution on maximum since the purchase of my 10 mega pixels camera. The ISO speed I usually set my camera to is 100. This gives me a nice all around range for shooting normal daylight scenes. Setting it higher to 200+ would help prevent blur when shooting an automobile moving at a slow rate of speed because the shutter speed will be faster. By the same token setting this number lower will limit your ability to shoot night scenes without the use of a tripod to steady the scene under the longer exposure. Since using a flash would surely stop most motion it is really not effective when the subject is more than a dozen feet away. I try to avoid using it unless absolutely necessary. A flash virtually destroys the natural color rendition of a scene.

Many freelance photographers are seldom able to capture the true art of nature. True, it does display the best of creation. Sometimes, a photographer is able to capture a true rarity. I believe there are only two times of the year that nature can show its splendor, i.e, Spring and Fall.

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