January 9, 2012

SHOOTING SILHOUETTES 3

Including the sun in your compositions can add impact and punch to your images. (Warning, to avoid damaging your vision, only look at the sun through your camera when it is very low in the sky). If the sun is a major part of your composition you will need to be sure not to stop…
December 8, 2011

SHOOTING SILHOUETTES 2 Managing the Exposure

Because lighting can vary greatly in a silhouette setting the exposure can be a challenge. There are two ways that you can set your exposure for a silhouette.  How you do this depends on your chosen shooting mode. The first option would be if you are shooting in either full auto, aperture priority, or shutter…
November 16, 2011

SHOOTING SILHOUETTES 1

Silhouettes can be among some of the more graphic images that an outdoor photographer can make. When you know what to look for and a few simple tricks, silhouettes can be easy images to create. Silhouettes occur when your subject is in front of a background that is much brighter that your subject. This situation…
October 27, 2011

LATE OCTOBER WHITE-TAILED DEER PHOTOGRAPHY

The rut is on, at least in the northern half of the US. This is an excellent time to get outside and photograph whitetail deer. At this time of year the males look their very best, with beautiful new coats, nice polished antlers, and necks swollen with the rut. They also have other things on…
October 14, 2011

CONTROL THE BACKGROUND

When people look at my work one of the questions I get asked more often than any other is how I get such nice backgrounds. The answer is I work very hard to control the backgrounds in my images. I like to get nice monochromatic, out of focus backgrounds because this type of background makes…
September 9, 2011

Working Close to Home

No doubt about it most outdoor photographers love to travel to new and exciting locations to capture the subjects we love.  But truth of the matter is that most of us can’t be jetting all over the globe whenever we want.  Most outdoor photographers I know are able to take one two or maybe three…
August 12, 2011

KNOW YOUR SUBJECT

Whenever I am teaching nature photography one of the things I really emphasize is that, in order to be a better photographer it really helps to be a better naturalist. The more you know about your subject the more likely you are to be able to predict its whereabouts and actions. The images you see here…
July 14, 2011

Spring in the Northwoods Participant Images

Hello everyone, I have had a very busy summer so far! This is always such a crazy time for me with art shows and all the other summer things going on. Just wanted to take a quick second to share a link to two galleries showcasing some of the images that were made by the participants of…
May 16, 2011

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I started a facebook page. I plan on using it to keep everyone informed of my schedule, post images, photo tips, and other general information. If you use facebook please “like it” using the link at the top of this page so you will get the…
May 7, 2011

THE GEEK AND THE ARTIST

One of the things I love about photography is it appeals to both the geek and the artist in all of us. On the geek side you have the technical considerations of making an image; the f-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, histograms, dynamic range, and that hyperfocal distance stuff that we must all master…