Here is a link AGM_Minutes_April_30th_2014
Here is a link AGM_Minutes_April_30th_2014
The minutes of the 2012-2013 year Annual General Meeting are posted under Club Info at the following page http://www.cbpc.ca/club-info/bylaws-and-constitution/agm-documents/
They are in Acrobat Reader format ( pdf ) and require the Acrobat Reader if you wish to download them to read later, a free download from Adobe.com.
For this month, I have included some of the latest photography tips posted on internet.
These tips are aimed at providing you with some new information from a different perspective.
Photography Composition Tips: How To Tell A More Compelling Story -They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That means that your photographs should be a great way for you to communicate. The question is, do your photographs communicate the right thousand words to tell your story?
Have you ever had the experience of photographing in a wonderful location, feeling eager to rush home and look at your pictures, only to be disappointed in the results? It’s quite a challenge to convert a three-dimensional, full sensory experience into a two-dimensional photograph. – READ MORE
Getting It Right In The Camera – The Imagination Game – I propose to you that getting photographs right in your camera is a game of imagination. My plan is to introduce you to that game and identify many of the possibilities available to you. In this article you will find:
– An approach for capturing the photographs you want, the way you want them, in your camera;
– A checklist for remembering the important points;
– A roadmap for creating more memorable photographs; and
– Some creative concepts for you to explore at your leisure.
When I took up photography I didn’t know what I didn’t know and the technical jargon went over my head. I remember that experience and the well-meant advice to get it right in the camera. – READ MORE
10 Tips For Sharper Photos (Even When Zoomed In) – Anyone who has ever shot a gun or bow and arrow knows that the key to shooting well is finding a firm shooting foundation. Shooters do this by stabilizing themselves against a bench, using a monopod, or standing in the most stable positions. Not surprisingly, photographers should use the same advice. If you haven’t taken a minute to consider whether your photography posture is solid, think about it for a minute and decide how to improve your stability. If you don’t regularly use a tripod, just do it! – READ MORE
Attract More Gold Finches To Your Yard webpage has been posted by the Wild Birds Unlimited Of Surrey BC. – Take advantage of this golden opportunity and prepare your yard for goldfinch nesting season. Adult goldfinches will be raising young and, once fledged from the nest, showing them where to find food and water. – READ MORE
How To Photograph Birds: 20 Tips & Some Resources – I hope you have a few minutes. I am going to compile one of my longest blog posts ever. It’s about photographing birds.
I could write 10 books on this subject and still not cover everything. So this post won’t either. But hopefully there’s enough here to get anyone who’s seriously interested off to a good start. This post is meant for beginners and experienced photographers alike. – READ MORE
The Benefits Of Making Photographs At Eye Level – While the examples I use in this post are of birds/wildlife, they could just as easily have been people.
I learned a great deal about making wildlife photographs when I spent time shooting portraits of people. Most of the techniques I was taught to use when making a human portrait apply to wildlife photography. – READ MORE
Tips To Capture Beautiful Seascape Photographs – The seashore. The coastline. The oceanfront. No matter what term one prefers to use, the seas have long been a favorite subject for photographers. The sea, much like the cosmos, represents a mystery as most of us have little firsthand insight as to what goes on beneath the surface. The sea is also a locale marked by ever changing mood and drama; it is, thus, no wonder why photographers are so enraptured by the sea.
Photographing seascapes is, of course, comparable to landscape and cityscape photography in its treatment of the subject, but it also shares similarities with event photography or street photography insofar as the need to be patient and observant so that you capture the perfect moment. The following tips will help you with that. – READ MORE
Three Keys To Adding Interest To Landscape Images -Far and away my favorite subject to photograph for relaxation and practice is in the Landscape venue. Having grown up in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Southwest Virginia, learning to make better landscape photographs has been a staple in my own learning curve over the years and an ever-present means of practice to this day in terms of shooting and processing.- READ MORE
5 Tips For Getting Fresh Ideas For Macro Photography – Are you seeking some inspiration for getting creative with some new macro photographs? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of taking close-ups of typical macro subjects like flowers and insects. Help is on the way.
There is a whole world of macro photography available to you that doesn’t involve the typical subject matter so often associated with close-up photography. There are some amazing images of insects and flowers to enjoy on the web, but what about going in a different direction? – READ MORE
Church & Cathedral Photos: Use A Slow Shutter Speed – Once inside, I understood why documentaries had been made about this grand church. It was so ornate. Michelangelo could have painted these ceilings. Still, after more than 100 years, the colors were so bold and beautiful they could have been painted yesterday. The marble and gold glistened in the sunbeams.
One big problem, though. It was so dark inside. How was I going to photograph here? The ceilings were much too distant to be affected by flash. That would ruin the delicate colors as well. This problem was compounded by the brightness of the stained glass windows. Sure you could see. But how about the camera? – READ MORE
For this month, I have provided some information on the topic of photo editing workflow using both Adobe Elements and Lightroom. The workflow is primarily focused on the Camera Raw component contained within all Adobe photo editing applications.
By developing and refining your skills in Camera Raw, your RAW image will be transformed into a more satisfying image.
Workflow For Photoshop Elements & Lightroom 5 – This week, we had a presentation on the Camera Raw and a suggested Workflow using the Basic and Detail Panels. Both presentation provided a ‘step-by-step‘ workflow documents. For those who were not in attendance, these two documents are below for you to review –
Elements Workflow – CHECK IT OUT HERE
Lightroom 5 Workflow – CHECK IT OUT HERE
Digital Photo Editing – This article summarizes the most important steps to incorporate into your digital photo editing workflow (aka “post-processing workflow”). It isn’t necessarily a procedure that you’ll want to implement with all of your photos, but whenever you want to get that “keeper” looking just right, these steps can make all the difference. – READ MORE
Post-Processing Tips for Overcoming Beginners Acts of Omission – In an old dressmaking shop in Paris, a master-tailor has finished stitching a bridal gown. He is eager to show it to the world, but he knows that the job is not yet done. He has a few thoughts passing through his mind, and he has to make sure that the dress is presentable before the bride arrives. He tells himself that these threads dangling from here and there need to be trimmed, the ruffles need to be neatened, and the seams still need to be pressed. The master in him criticizes the dress until the tailor in him fixes the final details.
When it comes to photography, the story is no different. You must lose ownership of your image for a few seconds, and look at your own work with a fine-tooth comb. As beginners, we often rush to upload or print our photos, eager for appreciation and likes from others. – READ MORE
Since Adobe Camera Raw was discussed in our Workflow above, we have included a related video here for Elements.
Here are some videos which walk you through the Lightroom Basic and Detail Panels.
For photography, one continues the never ending journey in learning about new techniques and skills.
For the month of August 2015, I have included some most recent articles relating to photography tips with associated videos.
Exposing To The Right (ETTR) Explained – Exposing to the right, or “ETTR,” is an approach to photography that is as helpful as it is controversial. On one hand, exposing to the right is yet another technique to remember while shooting, and it can potentially ruin your exposure if utilized incorrectly. On the other hand, at least in theory, ETTR is the epitome of digital exposure. With proper ETTR, your images have as much detail in the shadows as they possibly can, without any of the highlights losing information along the way. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Megapixels:Does Size Matter? – Back in 2009, when I made my living photographing stock imagery, the size of the images we could license made a difference in our potential for sales. Photos were sold based on how big the file was (in megapixels), so photographers with large-megapixel cameras had a more competitive edge over those of us who did not. At the time, I was using a Nikon D200, a 12-megapixel camera, and felt pressured to upgrade. When it was obvious that Nikon (at the time) was not going to come out with anything with more than 12-megapixels, I decided to make the move to Canon, which already had a hefty 21-megapixel 5DMarkII in their inventory. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
I Bought A Fake DSLR: My Experience With Gray Market Imports – So, the Nikon D7000 I bought, brand new in early 2014, is a fake. Unbeknownst to me until very recently, of course. Let’s start at the beginning — it being the most logical and traditional place to start.
I’d been shooting with my trusty old D70 for a good few years since I got into photography and felt it was about time to upgrade and start taking this whole silly hobby thing a bit more seriously. I settled upon a D7000 and, in February 2014, made a purchase from an online retailer who deals specifically with those mysterious and opinion-stirring items: The Gray Market Import. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
6 Things To Look Out For When Buying Used Lenses Locally – Buying used gear is always a balance between risk and potential reward. There is always a chance the lens will be defective in some way or another, but there is also the potential that you will get a perfect lens at a great price. When buying online, you are at the mercy of the seller, but when going out to buy used gear in person from local classifieds, there are several things you can do to decrease the chances of getting a lemon. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
10 Tips For Cleaning Your Camera Lens – A well maintained, clean lens is vital to any photographer. Here are 10 simple top tips for cleaning your digital camera lens. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Best Camera Settings For Freezing Action – When you’re freezing moving subjects you need to be in control of your camera’s shutter speed, so start by selecting shutter-priority mode. Then set a fast shutter speed such as 1/1000 sec, although you may need to alter this, depending on the speed of the subject.
To enable you to use a fast shutter speed you’ll also need to set a high ISO in all but the brightest of lighting conditions. The precise setting will depend on the amount of light, but try ISO 800 as a starting point. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Back Button Feature And Why You Should Consider Using It – What operation on a camera could possibly be more simple than pressing the shutter button to take a picture? There’s not much to it, really – you look through the viewfinder (or at the LCD screen on the back of the camera), press a button with your index finger, wait for the camera to focus, and voilà! You’ve got a photo.
Well, as the popular saying goes, what if I told you there was a better way? Hidden deep within the settings of most cameras is a feature called Back Button Focusing, and enabling it can transform your approach to photography. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Minimalism With A Wide-Angle Lens – When you think about minimalism in photography, photos taken with a macro or long lens often comes to mind. These lenses can easily blur the background into a single color and make the subject stand on its own. In addition, the narrow field-of-view presented by a long lens can also help to create minimalistic images.
On the other hand, when you are outside shooting with a wide-angle lens, it’s tough to imagine creating a minimalist landscape image. No matter what composition you pick (other than a close-up macro or a detailed shot), isolating a single element with a wide-angle lens can be challenging. Despite this, it is possible to create minimalist images with a wide-angle lens. All you need are the right conditions and a bit of creativity. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Tamron 15-30mm Zoon Lens Awarded European DSLR Zoom Lens 2015-2016 EISA – Tamron has announced that the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has presented its “European DSLR Zoom Lens 2015-2016” award to the world’s first* f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom to offer image stabilization – the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012). – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM – Sports – Specially designed for wildlife and sport photographers, this state-of-the-art lens is a new standard for telephoto zooms. Build quality is exemplary, with dust- and splash-proof construction for use in the great outdoors, and the zoom can be locked at all marked focal lengths. Images are very sharp, aided by an improved Optical Stabilizer (OS) that helps to avoid blurring from camera shake. Autofocus is fast and quiet, and compatibility with the SIGMA USB DOCK gives scope for user customisation of settings, along with the possibility of firmware updates. For sports and wildlife photographers it’s in a class of its own.- CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wide Angle Lens – Wide angle lenses are an obvious choice when it comes to landscape and street photography. They offer a wide angle of view thereby getting everything (with a capital E) in the frame. That’s an excellent thing. However, it also has its downsides. Photographer Mark Wallace shares a few simple tips on how to get the best images with your wide angle lens – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS AND VIDEO HERE
Six Lenses For Photographing Buildings And Architecture – When it comes to photographing architecture and real estate, wide angles are very important. Capturing the grandeur of a place and making it look inviting is important. Some of the best real estate photographers say that every light in the residence should be on if possible while others tend to add flash to other areas (like behind a couch) to create an even more inviting atmosphere. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Master Urban Abstracts With These 8 Tips – To help you give your urban photography an abstract feel, here are 8 tips on what, how and where to take your photos when out exploring a town or city. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
30 Symmetrical Photos So Good They’d Make Wes Anderson Weep – Director Wes Anderson is known for crafting near-perfect symmetry in many of his scenes, so much so that an entire video has been created to show off just how often he does this.
It’s easy to see why he does this: symmetry is beautiful. So balanced it’s somehow deeply satisfying to those of us who like things in perfect order. And so we wanted to support Mr. Anderson’s love of symmetrical composition with a photo collection from the 500px archives. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Peculiar Notions: 22 Eye-Catching Examples Of Abstract Photography – I’m not sure how many of you (hopefully none of you) actually lose sleep thinking about abstract photography and trying to determine exactly what it is — and what it isn’t. But abstract photography is indeed something that lots of people have mulled over rather extensively since the earliest days of photography; it is something that has the potential to simultaneously puzzle and captivate anyone who encounters it. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
5 Simple Ways To Create Expressive Photos In Black And White – Can you visualize the world around you in black and white? It’s not easy to do at first with an array bright colors competing for your attention. Look a little closer however, and you may recognize the broad potential for expressive imagery. Of course, not every situation lends itself to this artistic style. There are however, certain characteristics you can look for, to identify the best opportunities. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Tips For Black And White Wildlife Photography – South African photographer Heinrich van den Berg once said, “I believe that if black-and-white photography is done correctly, it can convey much more emotion and a deeper meaning than color ever could. It’s as if by subtracting color, the viewer is forced to add his own emotion to the images. Color photography is like a novel that spells everything out in detail, whereas black-and-white photography is like poetry—its strength isn’t in what’s said; it’s in what’s left out.” – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
7 Ways To Take Better Shots With Your Smartphone – Some of us love them, some of us hate them but the fact is mobile photography is here and it is here to stay. The vast majority of us carry a smartphone with us all of the time. That means we are all carrying a very useable, indeed very capable digital camera wherever we go. However, because the primary function of these devices is not photography, they need a different approach to setting up and taking pictures. Today we will explore some of the things to look out for. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Take Better Smartphone Photos -When you think about smartphone photography what comes to mind? My guess is you probably think about Instagram, photo filters, bad selfies and any number of other keywords that describe this new wave of photography.
Today, I’m going to share a few tips on how you can improve your smartphone photography and start capturing interesting photographs wherever you are with whatever you have in your pocket. If you like this post you might also want to check out this DPS eBook specifically written for improving your iPhone photography. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
How To Photograph Flowers – When you first discover how to take photos of flowers it can give you many days of wonderful enjoyment. Flower photography is a favorite type of photography that many people love. It’s not difficult to take photos of flowers if you get all the key elements right. If you don’t have any close to you, or you do not have a garden of your own, then try a nursery or a park. You’re bound to find many varieties of flowers there. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Use A Low Camera Angle For Landscape Photography – It seems as if everyone is trying to be a landscape photographer these days. With the advent of digital imaging and the corresponding ease in cranking out pictures, photography is everywhere. Because of this, it’s getting harder and harder to create landscape images that are different and not the same old stereotypical stuff that everyone else is shooting. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Find And Photograph Patters In Nature Like A Pro – Learning to photograph patterns in nature is one of the most powerful ways to add drama and substance to a photograph. Once you understand how patterns work to improve composition and where to find them you’ll wonder how you ever created images without them. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
10 Items You Need For Your Night Photography – Louis Pasteur famously said that “chance favors the prepared mind.” This statement definitely applies to photography, as there is always an element of chance, with the odds of success growing with preparation. The quote seems particularly applicable to night photography, which has unique requirements for exposure and stability. Preparation is everything.
Your odds of getting a great night photograph are greatly improved if you have taken the time make sure you have the tools needed to get the job done. In this article, you’ll learn the tools of the trade for the night photographer. You many not need all of these, but you will find most of them helpful – and some essential – for getting great pictures at night. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
We have included below some tutorials that will expand your photography skills and abilities.
4 Approaches To Converting To Black & White – Black and white photos can be powerful and inspiring, but it’s not always simple. With digital photography it is easy to convert a color photo to black and white, but if you want to get quality black and white images you will need to do more than simply take that RAW file or JPG file straight out of your camera and convert it to black and white.
Lightroom is obviously a popular tool for photographers, and when you’re working in Lightroom, there are several different techniques that you can use for getting quality black and whites. In this article, we’ll look at four approaches and how you can put them into practice. – READ MORE
Converting Colour Photo to Black & White Using Lightroom by Andrew Gibson
Correct White Balance – Correcting white balance in Photoshop Elements – it’s one of the most basic things we do when editing our photos, but unfortunately, Elements doesn’t have a perfect “correct white balance” button or slider.
What is white balance? It’s more accurately referred to as color balance. Photos with poor white balance have a color cast, meaning that one color is stronger in proportion to the others than it was in real life. – READ MORE
Auto Smart Tone – For those not wanting to get deep into image editing or don’t have a need for the full Photoshop, there’s Photoshop Elements. Sharing a lot of its bigger sister’s power, Elements compacts features into more easily handled or automated parts.
One of these is a great feature called Auto Smart Tone. – READ MORE
Creating Layer Masks With Adjustment Layers – Layer masks are essential tools to help with selective editing and special photo effects. While Photoshop Elements 9 has a layer mask feature built into the product, you’ll need to use an adjustment layer workaround in earlier versions of Elements. This video (and the instructions below) show you the steps for creating a layer mask in Elements 8. (Links to creating layer masks in Elements 7 and earlier–and Version 9–are listed below.) – READ MORE AND VIEW VIDEO
Anthony Morganti’s FREE video series of tutorials on Elements 12 can be found here.
How to Create HDR Effects in Lightroom – There are a lot of different options when it comes to processing HDR photos. You can use standalone programs like Photomatix, you can use Photoshop’s HDR Pro, you can hand process the photos as layers in Photoshop, and there are plugins that you can use within Photoshop or Lightroom. But another option that can work very well with many photos is simply to use the tools in Lightroom’s develop module with no other plugins or programs.
Typically with HDR photography you’ll be merging at least 3 different exposures of the same scene to create the end result. But what are your options when you want to increase the dynamic range and you only took a single exposure? Lightroom has the ability to improve the shadows and highlights of your photo, plus you can adjust vibrance, clarity, and other elements that are typical of HDR photos. While the end result may not be a true HDR photo blended from multiple exposures, this approach can produce a great-looking image with many of the same HDR qualities. – READ MORE
How To Make An HDR Image in Lightroom 5 – The first thing to understand is that Lightroom does not have the ability to do HDR tonemapping without the use of a third party plugin. Photoshop has this ability, but Lightroom does not.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t create HDR images in Lightroom. It only means you can’t do HDR tonemapping in Lightroom. What’s the difference? Allow me to explain… READ MORE
Create an HDR from a Single Image in Lightroom
How To Get Started With Lightroom 5 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
Learn #Lightroom 5 – Episode 50: Basic Panel & Tone Curve Differences
Mark Morganti’s Complete and FREE Lightroom 5 training video tutorials are available here.
Photography Preparation And Previsualization – The purpose of this article is to show the thinking process involved in the preparation and pre-visualization of a wildlife photo session. These notes relate to the work in the field where the photo shoot will take place.
It’s assumed that the photographer will have done the research: visited the location if possible, studied maps/Google Earth of the area, studied the subject to be photographed, put together the necessary photographic equipment, and looked at the weather forecast. – READ MORE
For this month’s photography tips, I have included below some recent new articles and videos.
Canon Warns Of Face 600EX-RT Flashes -Here Are The Tell Tale Signs – In addition to fake DSLRs and fake memory cards, there are also fake flash units in camera bags around the world. We first shared a look at this issue back in September 2013, but today Canon issued a new warning about counterfeit versions of the Speedlite 600EX-RT, which was introduced in 2012.
In a notice first published by The Digital Picture, Canon states that it has discovered the new fake flashes in circulation in the market and being sold through various online channels. – READ MORE
Photography Composition – Composition is the heart of the photo. Composition leads to the work of art that starts from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you disconnect with the interior struggles of everyday life and free the spirit to experience the world around you. Truly being in the moment and experiencing nature links you with everything around you.
It may sound like meditation, but awareness of your surroundings without interference of outside thoughts clears the mind and sharpens your senses. Images appear where you did not see them before. The elements begin to align and art emerges. – READ MORE
Photography Composition Tricks You Should Know – One of the key elements to shooting a great photo is photography composition. By using certain established composition tricks you can really make a huge impact on your photographs.
Composition in photography is really just that: composing your photos in a way that makes the best visual sense. – READ MORE
Crop Photos The Right Way: 5 Classic Mistakes And How To Avoid Them – Even when the shoot is over the image may still not be finished. Cropping can have a dramatic affect on the way we interpret and view pictures of the world around us.
It’s the first stage in image manipulation and begins with what you leave out of the shot when composing photos. In this section we’ll show you how to get the crop right both in-camera and back in the digital darkroom. – READ MORE
Tips For Getting Proper Exposure For Night Photography – Night photography can be much more rewarding than photography during the day. Because everything looks different at night, you don’t need to go somewhere exotic to get great pictures. Bridges, attractions, and buildings are usually brightly lit at night, and places that might seem rather pedestrian during the day – can make stellar photography subjects at night. Further, you can take your time when photographing at night, more so than during the day. There are generally less people out, and you don’t have to worry about the light changing.
The main challenge when photographing at night is getting a proper exposure. During the day, you can just walk around and hand hold your camera without worrying about camera shake. In addition, because of the amount of available light during the day, you don’t need to worry about shooting at a high ISO and the resulting digital noise. At night, however, hand holding is generally not an option and digital noise can be a major problem. – READ MORE
Black And White Photography Tips & Tricks – The beauty of black and white photography lies in the fact that these images are timeless and never seize to impress the beholder. Mentioned belwo are some tips and tricks that can be used for B&W photograph. – READ MORE
10 Tips Every Landscape Photographer Should Know And Use – As part of the launch sale of the popular new Landscape Photography Tutorial eBook we are focusing on landscape photography this month. Shooting amazing landscape photography isn’t just about going out into the wilderness with a camera and hoping for the best. Sure, sometimes you get lucky, but to make sure you’re going to capture incredible images, there are a few things you should take into consideration before snapping the shutter. Check out landscape photographer Serge Ramelli‘s top 10 landscape photo tips: – READ MORE
Macro Photography Tips – Video Tutorial – This time of year is a great time to get out and find some macro photography subjects. So I dug around and found a few videos to help get you started if you want to try it. – READ MORE AND VIEW VIDEOS
6 Reasons To Become A Nature Photographer – For landscape photography, the weather is never exactly the same – clouds make unique formations, and the way sun rays cast over the scene in front of you are always very special.
If you take photos of wildlife, then you will be forever capturing moments that will never be repeated. Take the example of two birds fighting on a branch: you will never get a photo of the exact same birds, with the exact same body and wing positions, in exactly the same backdrop. You have an opportunity to record something truly unique. – READ MORE
The 4 Ps – Tips For Improving Your Wildlife Photography – Taking photographs of wildlife can be one of the most exhilarating photographic experiences you can try. Spotting an animal in the wild can be thrilling, and being able to record that moment can be highly rewarding. However, wild animals can be a particularly challenging subject matter, so wildlife photography can often prove frustrating.
To help you get the most out of this compelling type of images, here are some tips to improve your wildlife photography. – READ MORE
7 Essential Zoo Photography Tips – A long zoom lens will be handy as you’ll be able to get close to the animals without having to climb into the enclosures. Something around the 70-300mm mark or bigger would be good. Also, consider taking a macro lens along as most zoos have enclosures where you can get close to insects.
A camera with a tilting LCD screen is perfect for zoo photography and you could take a monopod along to raise your camera up above the fences but leave your tripod at home as they don’t mix well with crowds. – READ MORE
Eagles/Birds In Flight: How To, Tips – Tons of people have asked how I am getting the high quality Eagle Photos, so I will focus this post on giving out all most of my secrets!
To get shots like this, lets walk through the steps. – READ MORE
Setting Exposure For Bald Eagle Photography – Harsha asked me to provide a short Blog on how I set up exposure for photographing Bald Eagles at Lock and Dam 14. This is not an easy endeavor to undertake. The migratory eagles are at Lock and Dam 14 from December through February. The skies are usually over-cast 90% of the time. Under these circumstances, selecting the correct exposure to photograph eagles in flight is a challenge because they have very white heads and tails with extremely dark bodies and little light to work with. – READ MORE
Waterfall Photography Tips And Techniques – Waterfalls seem to grab the hearts and minds of people. Go to any location that has one or more waterfalls and it is pretty much a guarantee that they will be a major attraction, if not the main attraction, of the area. However, as beautiful as waterfalls are, it is not so easy to capture that beauty with a camera. It is easy to produce pictures of waterfalls; it is not so easy to produce powerful images. – READ MORE
10 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone – There’s a large contingent of photo enthusiasts online who will dismiss a photo straight away if they find out it was taken with a smartphone. The rally cry of “get a real camera” can be heard echoing through the rafters of comment sections for many websites. We think everyone should have a dedicated camera, but a good photo is a good photo, regardless of the gear used to take it. Camera phones have some inherent strengths and weaknesses, and by emphasizing the good and downplaying the bad, you can take silence naysayers before they can get to the enter key. Here are some things to keep in mind when firing up the photo app on your iPhone, Droid, Lumia or whatever. – READ MORE
Street Photograph Focus Tips – Because you’re often working quickly and stealthily, the matter of focusing while doing street photography is important. Here are some tips. – READ MORE
7 Tips To Make Your Street Photography Easier – It is no surprise to say that street photography can be challenging, at times, and even more challenging in certain countries due to differing customs and laws. But that doesn’t mean that street photography is impossible, nor that you can’t make it easier to practice. Photographers should work hard to overcome the difficulties facing them when doing street photography. In this article I’ve shared some tips that any photographer will find helpful.
Clearly, you need to be quite close to your subjects to capture nice images, but 99% of the time, your subject doesn’t have a single clue about your identity or the reason why you are photographing them. This can lead to uncomfortable situations, which can often escalate into bigger problems involving the law. With this in mind, take the following reminders to heart. – READ MORE
For this month’s photography tips, I have included some recent articles and videos on a wide range of topics. With the increased of use smart phones being used for photography, we have included details on smart phones.
We encourage you to try some of these tips to enhance your photography and pass onto your friends..
Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm F5.6 EF USM Autofocus Lens – If you have an unlimited budget, you may wish to check out Canon’s 1200mm lens. Used price is $180,000 (US Funds) on the B&H Photo website or you can lease it for only $6,102 (US Funds) per month – READ MORE
Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6/6.3 DS OS HSM Sport Review – I saw the specs (including the heavy weight and increased size over the Tamron 150-600 VC), and the MTF charts and early shots didn’t seem to be a lot better than the Tamron. I struggled to see the market for a more expensive, much heavier version of the already very popular Tamron lens. While some of those initial reservations are undoubtedly true, I must confess that the new Sigma won me over during the review period. Yes, it is definitely very heavy (more on that in a moment), and yes, it’s price is nearly double that of the Tamron, but the Sigma is undoubtedly a premium lens that, if anything, is probably a bargain at its roughly $2000 price tag. This is a pro lens with a pro build and premium optics. Yes, it is a variable aperture lens, but it is a variable aperture lens in the way that the Canon 70-300L and the new 100-400L II are variable aperture lenses. One should not mistake them for being optically inferior. For a primer, you can read my review of the Canon 100-400L II here or my review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm VC here. – READ MORE
10 Ways To Boost Your Photography – Are you just starting out in photography? If you are, then here’s a helpful list of pointers pertaining to digital photography basics. These pointers will give your images a massive kick start in terms of quality, and it doesn’t matter what camera you have. You can take good photographs with any DSLR camera. – READ MORE
Slow Shutter Speed Photography -Shutter speed works two ways on your camera: it can be used to freeze motion so everything in the frame is nice and sharp; or it can be used to blur motion so some things in the frame are blurred, giving the picture a unique look. You may be shaking your head at this; but sometimes I want to actually slow down my shutter speed to create blur in my image, giving it somewhat of an artistic expression. These are images that probably don’t exist in the real world, as viewed through a pair of normal eyes; but with a slower shutter speed we can create beautiful, artistic expressions that otherwise might have never been seen. – READ MORE
Don’t Leave Home Without These Essential Photography Tools – It happens to us all. The light looks great, we rush out the door with our camera bag and start to shoot. Only then do we realise we are missing something. It might be a minor inconvenience, it might be a show stopper. To help eliminate that risk, today we are going to look at some items you should always have in your camera bag. – READ MORE
Bad Weather = Good Light For Opportunistic Photographers – We’ve all sat, staring out of our window and cursing at the rain poring down or the flat, grey sky that just happened to cloud over on few hours we’ve managed to set aside in our busy schedule to head out and shoot some photos. But all is not lost for the opportunistic and well prepared photographer. – READ MORE
Golden Hour Photography Tips: How To Get Great Light – Want to capture amazing light in your photographs? Wondering why your images seem to lack the same oomph and power of other shots you’ve seen? You need to seek out the golden hour. – READ MORE
How To Capture Really Sharp Photos – One of the most frustrating experiences for a photographer is to get home from a photo trip with some great images only to find that some of the images are not sharp. To help solve this problem, this article covers seven things that a photographer can do to create really sharp images. – READ MORE
The Mysterious Case Of The Fake Nikons – Buyer beware. It’s a mantra that serves us photographers very well. We spend significant sums of money on very hi-tech equipment. Most of usÂ have our heads screwed on well enough to recognise a scam, a switch and bait or just a misused second hand camera. It would take a clever and cunning plan to fool us. Sadly, the world of the con artist knows no bounds and as savvy as we are as buyers there will always be someone out there thinking of new ways to acquire our hard earned money. We are all aware of fake goods, it’s pretty commonplace, fake Rolexes and Ray-bans abound but the idea of fake Nikons. How does that work? – READ MORE
10 Elements Of Good Composition – You can know exactly what gear to buy and which settings to shoot in, but if you don’t haven’t mastered composition your photographs will always disappoint. Composition tells viewers where to look and guides the viewer’s eye through the photograph.
“There are a lot of ideas and concepts and rules when it comes to composition,” John Greengo explains during his CreativeLive class, Nature and Landscape Photography. Those rules provide a great framework for setting up your shot, but the real magic of photography is knowing exactly what scene to shoot. – READ MORE
The Journey Of Finding Your Own Photographic Style – When any photographer starts out, they have a vast journey ahead of them. Photography has so many different paths and intertwining roads that it can be tough to navigate on the path to either becoming a professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist. It takes refinement and what you’ll find is that you’re going to shed skin in order to keep growing and changing like an animal sheds an exoskeleton.
Here’s some advice that we have for the folks who are on the journey to finding their own photographic style. – READ MORE
iPhone Photography Tips For Getting A Great Picture – There is an old English proverb that says ‘There is many a slip twixt the cup and the lip’. It basically means that anything can go wrong at the last minute. This could be modified to suit the modern iPhone Photographer – ‘There is many a slip twixt the point and the click’.
The iPhone is the perfect point-and-click camera as any committed iPhoneographer will always have their phone with them which means that they will never miss out on any photo opportunity that they come across. The temptation is to whip out the phone and just start shooting everything in sight but this will rarely result in an award-winning masterpiece. Taking a few minutes to set up the shot before you click the shutter can make all the difference and avoid any ‘slips’. – READ MORE
7 Smartphone Photography Tips For Taking Better Pictures – You have a smartphone with a camera, so use it! The only bad pictures are those you don’t take. Experiment with shooting angles, take pictures you wouldn’t normally take and look for the unexpected. Play around with the settings to vary resolution, brightness, shooting mode and other functions unique to your native camera app. Practice makes perfect. – READ MORE
8 Long Exposure Landscape Photography Tips – A tripod is absolutely essential, but rather than running out and purchasing any old tripod, I strongly suggest saving up for a well-built model from a reputable tripod manufacturer. Gitzo and Manfrotto are two that spring to mind. A tripod that is poorly built or overly light weight for your camera will be next to useless, as it will shake with any light breeze or even under the vibration of your camera’s shutter. – READ MORE
Sky Photography Tips And Techniques – How many beautiful nature pictures have we all seen with little or none of the sky-scape? You may think of the sky as only some unavoidable background for most of your nature photo subject matter, and the more blue it is, the better. Well guess what? Mother Nature has a treasure trove of eye catching possibilities up, overhead if you only take the time to have a look and know what to look for. – READ MORE
13 Tips To Perfect Your Landscape Photography – In my opinion, landscape photography actually only requires you to be at the right place at the right time. One of the keys to success for landscape photography is patience, and that’s it! Just click and there you go! – READ MORE
5 Creative Macro Photography Tricks – In the world of macro photography, most of discussions seem to surround the technical aspects of this photographic art form. Amongst my colleagues, lens choice comes up a lot, along with the use of a flash, extension rings, and bellows. – READ MORE
3 Ways TO Try Macro Photography On A Budget – Has Macro Week here at DPS sparked your interest, but you’re still not sure whether you’re quite ready to invest in a macro lens of your own? If so, then this article is for you! I’ll outline three different ways that you can try out macro on a budget, and possibly even with gear that you already own.
Now, before any macro-purists fall off their chairs in disgust, let me say that the techniques outlined in this post will produce pseudo-macro images. In a true macro image, the subject is projected onto the camera’s sensor at a 1:1 magnification, which means that the subject is exactly the same size in real life as it is on your camera’s sensor. That’s not the case, or the intent here. The intent here is to allow those of you who haven’t tried macro photography, the opportunity to test the waters and see if it is even something that interests you before making a big investment in a macro lens. – READ MORE
Getting Started With Abstract Macro Photography – Macro photography truly is a unique genre of photography. In most of the other types of photography (landscape, portrait, sport, etc.) you want to get the context of your scene in the image. In macro photography, you can literally focus in on what’s important and remove any distractions by simply getting closer. One of the best things about macro photography is that you can do it anywhere, all you need is something to photograph. In my previous article: Getting Started Guide to Macro or Close-Up Photography, I went into some details about what you will need to get started in macro photography. Take a look at that article to be sure that you understand more about the genre of macro photography. – READ MORE
Street Photography Focus Tips – Because you’re often working quickly and stealthily, the matter of focusing while doing street photography is important. Here are some tips. – READ MORE
For the month of June, I have selected the following tutorials to assist you in developing your photo processing skills and abilities.
5 Pieces Of Free Post Production Software For Photographers – Free software. In the past, this phrase to many of us suggested, poor quality, clunky and inefficient. Time have changed however and in the photographic world there is a veritable abundance of excellent, powerful software for the princely sum of zero. Not only are there editing programs, but also fully featured image management software. Today we are going to take a look at five of the best programs that you cannot buy. – READ MORE
Tips For Sharpening Your Images The Right Way – Just so you are not misled in any way, let me make it clear that this won’t be a Photoshop tutorial on using any particular sharpening method. It will provide general guidelines on sharpening methods, but the main goal will be to help you understand the sharpening process better. It will show you what exactly sharpening does to an image, and how it’s accomplished. – READ MORE
According to PC Magazine “Photoshop’s little brother, Adobe Photoshop Elements ($99.99), just keeps getting stronger, smarter, and more helpful. The program does a great job of making advanced Photoshop effects accessible to non-professionals, while still offering sophisticated tools such as layers, masks, and color management. Much of Photoshop’s magic has trickled down to Elements, including content-aware manipulations, smart object selection, and custom eye-popping filter effects. Even common processes such as cropping and black-and-white editing get ease-of-use boosts in version 13. Facebook-specific tools give users a leg up on sharing to that most popular of targets. Not messing too radically with a winning formula while adding ease to powerful image manipulation keeps Photoshop Elements on top of the enthusiast photo editing software heap.”
2015 Adobe Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts – check out the chart here.
Adobe Photo Essentials: How To Crop, Resize and Edit Photos Like A Pro – the details contained in this article are also appropriate to both Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. For many new photographers using Adobe products can be confusing. This article provides the key details necessary to address most of your questions – READ MORE
Before And After: Clean Edit In Lightroom – I am quite drawn to bright, vivid, colorful photos. I think of children and their love of color and wonder. They are naturally bright and happy and I love to portray that in my photos (since I mostly photograph children).
Ninety-nine percent of my workflow is done in Lightroom, so I’ll show you how I edit a photo, step by step in Lightroom (5.6). – READ MORE
How To Edit A Sunset Landscape Photo In Lightroom – In this article we’ll walk through the process of editing a sample sunset photo in Lightroom. Through the tutorial we’ll cover all the basics of editing landscape photos, including the use of a graduated filter to enhance the sunset. – READ MORE
How To Boost Autumn Fall Colours In Lightroom – Autumn is a favorite season for many photographers because of the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and foliage. If you enjoy landscape and nature photography autumn is a great time of year.
As you process your autumn photos it is possible to enhance the colors in Lightroom to get a better look. If you are shooting in RAW files your images are likely to look a little flat straight out of the camera, so some adjustments in Lightroom are likely to be needed. – READ MORE
How To Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter – Lightroom’s graduated filter tool is an invaluable resource when processing landscape photos. With the graduated filter tool you can make selective adjustments that impact a certain part of your photo without impacting other parts. For example, if you wanted to lighten the foreground area below the horizon without impacting the sky.- READ MORE
Four Ways To Improve Your Photos With The Clarity Slider In Lightroom – The Clarity slider is one of the most useful in Lightroom when it comes to giving your images extra punch and impact. Today I’m going to show you several ways you can use it to improve your photos. But first, let’s take a look at exactly what the Clarity slider does, and how it differs from its cousin the Contrast slider. – READ MORE
Intensify Pro is a Mac only image editing program from MacPhun. With apologies to Windows users (I really wish this software was available for PCs as well) let’s dive in and see what this software can do.
One of the reasons that you buy plug-ins is to take advantage of the ways you can use them to increase mid-tone contrast and enhance detail. Indeed, this is the main reason to buy Intensify Pro because it allows you to do this quickly and easily and with far more functionality than is offered by Photoshop or Lightroom. – READ MORE
Perfect Photo Suite is a collection of seven different photo editing apps which can be used as standalone programs, or as plug-ins accessed from within Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture. The full, Premium version with plug-in compatibility has an RRP of $149.95 (£100), whilst an upgrade edition costs $99.95 (£67). Alternatively, the Basic edition works only as a standalone application and can be had for $79.99 (£53), or $49.95 (£33) if you’re upgrading from an older version of Perfect Photo Suite. – READ MORE
Topaz Labs Photography Collection – The Complete Topaz Photography Collection from Topaz Labs consists of a suite of 13 plug-ins, as well as an intuitive standalone navigational application.
This collection includes all of Topaz Labs’ highly regarded plug-ins: Clarity, B&W Effects, Adjust, Lens Effects, ReMask, Detail, Simplify, InFocus, DeNoise, Clean, and DeJPEG. It also includes more creative effect plug-ins like Star Effects, Simplify, and ReStyle. – READ MORE
Photography is continual journey of learning and experimenting which our photography club promotes.
I have provided below some of the latest articles and videos which you may find of interest.
7 Tips For Great Photography Composition – Famous photojournalist Robert Capa was once quoted as saying “if your photos aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”
Capa was partly right; framing can make or break, a photograph. In this video, in less than three minutes, nature and landscape photographer John Greengo walks you through his tried and true framing rules that can elevate your work from cluttered and confusing to clean and beautiful: – READ MORE AND VIEW THE VIDEO
Visualizing Your Masterpiece -This is probably the hardest part of my process to describe. Hiking in the highlands, I am privileged to have access to some amazing landscapes,; as I walk through them I am overwhelmed by options. This makes it hard to identify when I see a truly special scene, since it can be drowned out by choice. However, I can increase my awareness by asking myself a question every time I raise the viewfinder to my eye: “Why do I feed the need to photograph this scene?” It kicks starts a little bit of dialogue in my head. Once I’ve answered that question it naturally leads to others: – READ MORE
How To Photograph Clouds – Nature often rewards us with incredible opportunities for photographing sunrises, sunsets and sun rays piercing through the clouds, creating stunning views. As a landscape photographer, I tend to wait for partly cloudy and stormy days, because clouds make photographs appear much more dramatic and vivid. Without clouds, sunrises and sunsets often look boring, forcing us to cut out the sky and focus on foreground elements instead. In contrast, if you get to witness a sunrise or a sunset with puffy, stormy clouds that are lit up from underneath with colorful sun rays, creating a fiery view, including the clouds in your photographs would make the scene appear much more colorful and alive. In fact, clouds can be so beautiful, that they could become the main element of composition in your photographs. In this article, I will not only talk about the process of photographing clouds, but also will focus on making clouds appear much more dynamic and dramatic in your photographs. READ MORE
Tips For Better Composition Of Seascape Photographs -Before trying to break rules, try to follow them. Start with the Rule of Thirds: divide your image into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Then place important compositional elements along these lines or their intersections. The result will be that your photo becomes more balanced. In a seascape shot, for example try to put a Lighthouse on one of the vertical lines and the horizon on one of the horizontal ones. – READ MORE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
4 Approaches To Black & White Conversion In Lightroom – Black and white photos can be powerful and inspiring, but it’s not always simple. With digital photography it is easy to convert a color photo to black and white, but if you want to get quality black and white images you will need to do more than simply take that RAW file or JPG file straight out of your camera and convert it to black and white.
Lightroom is obviously a popular tool for photographers, and when you’re working in Lightroom, there are several different techniques that you can use for getting quality black and whites. In this article, we’ll look at four approaches and how you can put them into practice. – READ MORE
What Is Post Processing In Photography? – I think that walking through a few shooting techniques that rely on post-processing is the best way to help you understand what it is. These are pretty involved topics, but these are techniques photographers use knowing they will be post-processing the shots. Stick with me and it will be worth it. – READ MORE HERE
HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
Semi-Auto Bracketing For HDR – How To Extend Your Auto Bracketing Series – Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is the function by which modern DSLR cameras take multiple photos at different exposures with a single click on the shutter release button. This is a vital tool for HDR photographers. It allows you to shoot HDR photos hand-held and reduces the time it takes to produce an exposure series, thereby minimizing movement in the captured photos.
Most entry-level and mid-range DSLRs available today, however, are limited in the range of their AEB function. They usually do 3 shots with a maximum of 2 EV steps. That is, you can produce a series of exposures with -2EV, 0EV and +2EV for a given scene. This is enough form many situations, but if you want to shoot scenes with a higher dynamic range hand-held, you’re in trouble. – READ MORE
Photoshop Element’s Auto Smart Tone – For those not wanting to get deep into image editing or don’t have a need for the full Photoshop, there’s Photoshop Elements. Sharing a lot of its bigger sister’s power, Elements compacts features into more easily handled or automated parts.
One of these is a great feature called Auto Smart Tone. – READ MORE
Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Correct White Balance – Correcting white balance in Photoshop Elements – it’s one of the most basic things we do when editing our photos, but unfortunately, Elements doesn’t have a perfect “correct white balance” button or slider. – READ MORE
Adobe Lightroom 5 Training Videos – are FREE and are made available by Anthony Morganti. His 51 Youtube based training videos are available to you here.
A Super Simple Way to Make Landscape Photos POP Using Lightroom – It seems like virtually all outdoor or landscape photographs suffer from the same illness when they come out of the camera. The symptoms are:
– An overly bright sky
– Foreground that is too dark
– A general lack of color and contrast. – READ MORE
10 Tips for Optimizing Your Photos with Lightroom: A Primer on Basic Techniques – If you’re just starting out in Adobe Lightroom and would like some guidance on how you can use the software to improve your photographs, here’s a free lesson that may be of interest to you. Photography instructor Tim Grey shares his top 10 tips for optimizing photographs in Lightroom.
The talk runs for nearly 2 hours, so you’ll need to carve a chunk out of your day to watch it, but it could be helpful for anyone in need of a primer on some basic tools. – READ MORE AND VIEW THE VIDEO
Four Under-Used Tools in Lightroom’s Lens Correction Module – Almost every lens changes the way your image looks by warping it in some way. Each lens can create barrel distortion, vignetting at big apertures, chromatic aberration, and more.
Some lenses have more distortion than others. Let’s look at four tools in Lightroom’s lens correction module that are a lifesaver. – READ MORE
A Super Simple Way To Make Landscape Photos POP Using Lightroom – It seems like virtually all outdoor or landscape photographs suffer from the same illness when they come out of the camera. – READ MORE