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Wrong is sometimes right… and other considerations

In Landscapes, Scenes & Scenarios, Wildlife by Jack GrahamLeave a Comment

  At times there are a few traps we photographers fall into that hinder our creativity. Often the most common trap encountered is following rules … especially when it comes to composition. The four main rules in photography are: The rule of thirds; reading an image from left to right; avoid centering the horizon; and finally, not putting the subject of interest in the center of the image. All are valid. However, if you disregard these rules and in the …

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My 3-stop reverse graduated ND filter. An essential tool for shooting sunsets.

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Brady CabeLeave a Comment

Typical graduated filters are darkest at one end, and gradually lighten up along the length of the filter. These are essential for any landscape photographer’s kit, and are commonly used when the sun is above the frame, for instance in the late afternoon. They help balance the exposure of a bright sky and a darker foreground scene. The problem with this filter when photographing sunsets, is that the frame is typically brightest towards the middle, or top third, of the frame, meaning …

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Photographing moving water

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features, Wildlife by Robert ClarkLeave a Comment

Moving water – waterfalls, rivers, streams and surf – often presents unique challenges to the landscape photographer. The most common way to capture images of moving water is to use a slower shutter speed. But how slow should the shutter speed be? The answer largely depends on the effect you are looking for in the final image. I normally divide my approach to shooting moving water into these three desired effects: – Silky – Milky – Textural The silky effect …

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“All-in-camera, old school photography” with digital cameras, Part 1

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Randall HodgesLeave a Comment

“To Photoshop” or “not to Photoshop,” that is the question. Well, not really, but for an all-in-camera professional like myself, there really is no choice. I believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with Photoshop, Lightroom or any other post-processing techniques used to create images, as this is the accepted norm these days. In fact, I’m a fan of many professionals out there who post process their images and produce outstanding images using their post processing tools. I believe each individual …

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New creative interpretations with slower exposure times

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Ellen AnonLeave a Comment

As the digital era has evolved and cameras are ubiquitous, there are more and more images of literally everything, to the point that sometimes people wonder if it’s possible to make a photograph that’s original. One of the reasons that I enjoy using Singh-Ray filters, such as the Mor-Slos and the Vari-ND is that I can transform what I see in front of me into my interpretation of it, rather than just a documentary-style image, while maintaining the highest possible …

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“Cleanse your palette” Another approach to using solid neutral density filters

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Chuck KimmerleLeave a Comment

Solid neutral density filters – I use Singh-Ray Mor-Slo and George Lepp solid ND filters – have become increasingly popular the past few years. Their ability to increase exposure times from 1-stop to 20-stops (2x to, amazingly, more than 1,000,000x) helps to emphasize motion, thus adding a soft and ephemeral feel to moving elements such as waterfalls and clouds. However, there is another use for these filters beyond emphasizing motion, and that is to hide it. To soften detail. To …

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Pursuing subtle

In Landscapes, Scenes & Scenarios, Wildlife by Mark LissickLeave a Comment

In this age of “in-your-face” visual imagery we have come to be enamored by explosive vibrancy. Images are designed with easily categorized subjects allowing the viewer the ability to quickly digest the visual message and then move on. In the realm of artistic endeavor this is becoming almost formulaic. While some fantastic images are the result, such design structuring can stifle one’s imagination. Creativity does not thrive in a box. Images that limit the viewer’s choices leave little for interpretation …

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The grass is greener

In Landscapes, Scenes & Scenarios by Gary HartLeave a Comment

  “Under the Weather, Sierra Foothills, California,” Sony a7R, Sony/Zeiss 16-35, 1/8 second, F/11, ISO 100 “You’re so lucky to live so close to ”: Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, San Francisco, Muir Woods (and countless other coastal redwood sites), Point Reyes, the Napa Valley wine country, Mt. Shasta, Mono Lake. I hear it all the time. Okay, I’ll concede that—I’m lucky. But… Their implicit message is, “If only I lived closer to such-and-such, my photography would be so much better.” But …

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What grabs your attention? That’s what your picture should be.

In Scenes & Scenarios, Wildlife by Don SmithLeave a Comment

  “When Forces Collide,” Big Sur Coast, California, Sony a6000, Tamron SP 150-600mm @900mm, Sony LA-EA4 adapter, f/11, 1/1000th sec., 800 ISO I work with a lot of amateur photographers. There are times we are on location when I get the question, “so what are we shooting here?” Sometimes the answer is rather obvious, but oftentimes it’s not. As an instructor, these are the times I seize to really teach. My first response is to not hand it to them …

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Mastering the Art of Composition

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Ed HeatonLeave a Comment

Here a just a few brief tips for mastering the art of composition. Composition is the logical arrangement of elements so that their relationship is pleasing to the eye.  The elements are things that make up the scene (e.g. lines, shapes, texture, patterns, colors, tones, light, etc.). Let’s be honest, some people seem to have an easier time with composition.  They appear to be born with an artistic eye or, should I say, an inner vision.  The rest of us …

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