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How To Capture Starbursts

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:11:31 +0000

A starburst is when a light source (such as the sun) appears as a burst in an image, like in the photo above. Notice how there are a bunch of sharp light rays coming from the sun. Starbursts are a nice dramatic effect you can add to your backlit photos. They’re also a nice way […]



Fewer Photos, More Meaning

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:04:05 +0000

Last week, I visited the Cleveland Museum of Art. I didn’t look at any photographs there, but I’ve always been inspired by all types of artists—not just photographers. There was one artist in particular who’s work I really enjoyed: Frederic Edwin Church, who painted American landscapes in the 1800s. There was one painting of his […]



Rethinking RAW vs JPEG

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:44:44 +0000

Back in 2009, I wrote an article about the pros and cons of shooting in RAW vs JPEG. My basic conclusion of the article was that it usually makes sense to shoot in RAW, except for wildlife when you need to shoot a lot of images in a burst. Like many things in life, as […]



New eBook – Nature Photography: Understanding the Camera

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:21:43 +0000

Today, I’m very excited to announce the release of my new eBook, Nature Photography: Understanding the Camera. This eBook will teach you how to use your camera to photograph the wonderful moments you observe in nature. It covers all types of nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, and close-ups. I’ve been working on this eBook for […]



Questions to Guide Your Composition

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:56:40 +0000

Composition is all about creating pleasing images. It’s a difficult aspect of photography because there aren’t really any set-in-stone rules about it, and many aspects of composition are really about how you see the world uniquely from everyone else. So although there aren’t any scripts you can follow that will always lead you to a […]



The Best Camera Strap For Nature Photographers

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:06:59 +0000

In photography, all the gear talk usually revolves around cameras and lenses. The lonely camera strap never gets much attention. But, the camera strap is pretty important in nature photography, because it needs to allow you quick access to your camera and needs to be comfortable (and strong enough) to support larger lenses that are […]



Simple Adjustments For a Better Background

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:44:15 +0000

One thing many of us forget to consider is the background in a photo. We focus (literally and figuratively) on the main subject and feel gratified that we can get the whole subject in the frame and it’s sharp and properly exposed. Let me show you an example of how easy it can be to […]



How Your Clothes Affect Your Nature Photos

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:51:04 +0000

You probably already know that you can wear camouflage to help hide yourself from wildlife in order to get closer and photograph them, but there’s also other ways your clothes can affect your photos. It turns out that something as simple as the color of the t-shirt you’re wearing can drastically affect how close you […]



A Simple Trick To Eliminate Lens Flare

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:20:53 +0000

I recently acquired a Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens to use with my Canon 80D body for tree photography. The lens is considered a wide zoom, but it doesn’t go so far as to give a fish-eye effect. It does capture a very wide angle of view, however— with its widest angle at 107°. As wonderful […]



Sharpness – Relative vs Absolute

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:24:53 +0000

The more I photograph nature, the less I’ve been concerned about sharpness. It’s not out of laziness, but from the realization that relative sharpness is much more important than absolute sharpness. Absolute sharpness is about making your subject as sharp as possible, within the limits of your camera and lens. On the other hand, relative […]