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Getting the perfect shoot

Updated on January 26, 2015

What makes an image better or worse? You be the judge...

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If all goes well an unexpected storm makes an impression Lens stabilizers can cause noiseIt can be tricky to line up your subjectsYou never know what will happen while taking a landscape
If all goes well an unexpected storm makes an impression
If all goes well an unexpected storm makes an impression
Lens stabilizers can cause noise
Lens stabilizers can cause noise
It can be tricky to line up your subjects
It can be tricky to line up your subjects
You never know what will happen while taking a landscape
You never know what will happen while taking a landscape
This photo was captured using the "snap that shot" method. I hollered at the reluctant camera holder to snap that shot. Which later we both become grateful for the moment.
This photo was captured using the "snap that shot" method. I hollered at the reluctant camera holder to snap that shot. Which later we both become grateful for the moment. | Source
This is a perfect example of a snapshot. Its 4th of July and an old army truck goes by. I can't replicate it only make the best of what I captured in the moment.
This is a perfect example of a snapshot. Its 4th of July and an old army truck goes by. I can't replicate it only make the best of what I captured in the moment.
I used the setup process in this photo to manipulate the subject, light and camera to achieve a photo I was pleased with.
I used the setup process in this photo to manipulate the subject, light and camera to achieve a photo I was pleased with.

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 Things

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I wonder

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
day trip
weekend trip
full bug suit
plenty of water
plan ahead
heavy-sturdy tripod
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.

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