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Getting the perfect shoot
What makes an image better or worse? You be the judge...Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Common Misconception
The image of a photographer has changed quite a bit in recent times. Misconceptions often lead the way far from the reality of being a photographer. Travel photographers and guide book bloggers on lavish vacations have dominated social media for years. Constant photo updates of places most will never see or beautiful beach photos you find in your news feed with that vacation package for only $99.
Snap that shot
Have you ever heard someone hurry take that shot. No, not deer hunting, but that might make a good shot if taken at the right moment.
Snapshot- A snapshot is merely capturing a moment in time.
- Timing is key for a memorable snapshot -These are the moments that can't be replicated and only happen once.
Setup-shot- A pre-planed staged photo, often recreating a past or desired moment.
- The setup shot requires pre-planning -The more pre-planning involved better your chances success.
Depth-shot- A use of distance an either a snapshot or setup-shot.
- The depth-shot adds depth to an otherwise flat image.
Poisonous plants, biting bugs and scary wildlife
“the first of things to consider before venturing into the wilderness for a photograph”
Have you ever imagining taking a roadtrip stopping at scenic destinations snapping the perfect shot and create a perfect blog all while on the road? Simple right? Grab your iPhone shoot, upload and done. Well although you can do this. I am not talking insta-book or social messaging, but serious photography with what I call printability factor. Lets face it with cameras being geared to taking web images, this has nothing to do with printability. Web images are small and light for quick viewing and quite the opposite for a printable image. Take film for instance, if that quality was to be put into digital form its file size would be ne'er infinite.
“I will always remember one specific photo assignment when I was literally in the blackberries when I noticed I was standing in a pile of ants so the subject quickly changed to ants”
Photography is a way of life..."— ~me
Creepy Crawly ThingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Which do you prefer?
As an avid outdoorsman, photographer and nature lover. I wonder others interests in nature, blogging or any other forms of art. I love collecting rocks along my adventures or even an interesting stick, but most of all I collect memories in form of photography. Answers in my polls help keep interests on track.
Birds, bees and trees
Have you ever wanted to break away from your usual photography of city and suburban life? Or get a great sunset without telephone poles or your neighbors home in the picture? Well join the club of wildlife and landscape photographers.
In the Blackberries
Before you just venture into the wilderness consider this
things to bring
full bug suit
plenty of water
calories in any form
don't go alone
friend to watch your back
always plan for the worst
notify land managment
Lets talk cameras and gear
"never present more shooting power than needed"
I once heard the phrase less is more, and in the photography world this can't be more true. Often when showing my artwork I get told "that's a very nice picture you must have a nice camera" or "my pictures never come out like that" as this is ment as a complement it is quite less often the camera that it is a lifelong craftsman's skill. As well as the equivalent of a chefs taste and skill of his tools and ingredients.
As completion dominates our modern world we always try to get a leg up on our completion. Here is my secret time is money. This goes back to less is more. If you don't know your equipment use what your comfortable with. A simple iPhone 6 is the most powerful blogging tool on the market. Simply snap-to-social-media, want artistic? Done in seconds with an app. Upload? done. Backup? simply done from anywhere. Want to make a movie? Get an iPhone.
My point being you can do anything, but print from an iPhone.
DSLR vs mirrorless cameras
Ive been asked this question recently and my answer remains the same you don't need a mirrored camera unless you want one. Or vise versa. The mirror can be slow or even lock up reducing your chances of capturing the moment. When I choose a camera I am looking to buy it comes down to a few things. Most important the image sensor. Next is lens options. Anything above that would be extras in my mind.