GETTING ORGANIZED PART 3

After I have edited and rated the images it is time to rename and color correct. I shoot Nikon so my camera names each file with DSC and a 4 digit number ie DSC_1234. Which for many people would work fine, but if you shoot much eventually you are going to hit DSC_9999 and roll…
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Getting Organized Part 2

The next step is editing and rating. You should do both, ruthlessly! I do this in Adobe Bridge and will soon be switching over to Lightroom. Everyone should edit, the longer you shoot the more ruthless you become. But my rule is if I would not send it to my agent and I would never…
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GETTING ORGANIZED

  Happy New Year! If you are like many photographers it is very likely that one of your new year’s resolutions is to get your image files organized. So, for this next series of posts that is what I am going to write about. The fancy buzz word for this process is digital asset management…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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