8 Autumn Photography Tips

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This is one of my favorite times of year to photograph outdoors.  The air is crisp and clean, and the colors are absolutely amazing.  Here are some tips for getting great autumn images.

Fall Pumpkins

Fall Pumpkins


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Valle Crucis NC: A Photographer’s Treasure Chest

Valle Crucis NC is an unincorporated community in Western North Carolina. Situated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just west of Boone, the valley lies along the Watauga River. In spite of not being a big river it has terrific trout fishing waters. The river provides a very photogenic site for nature photographers. Birds, including Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Owls, and myriad songbirds frequent the river.

Red Barn Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis NC Barn

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8 Advantages of Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless camera systems such as the Micro 4/3 cameras by Olympus and Panasonic, as well as mirrorless models by Sony, Fuji, Samsung, and now even Nikon and Canon, are compact camera systems with many of the same features of larger DSLR’s.

DSLR Camera

How a DSLR Camera Works

Instead of the mechanical mirror assembly in a DSLR, which is used to divert the image from the from the sensor to the viewfinder, the image in the viewfinder on a mirrorless camera is provided electronically. This reduces the size and weight of the camera.  A small camera body, with interchangeable lenses has some definite advantages.  These cameras are getting more Continue reading


Drones and Photography

DJI Phantom QuadcopterI’m a nerd.  I absolutely love technology and all the new innovations that have been coming along recently.    One in particular I have been paying attention to, and wanted to try out, is the use of Drones in Photography.  Photography is all about finding a different look, a new perspective.  And what could be better than getting a birds eye view of something to change your perspective. Continue reading


Tips for Sensational Sunsets

Sunsets are a very popular subject for many photographers. The colors in the sky, given the right weather conditions, can be one of nature’s most captivating shows.  Capturing those colors with a camera often requires that you understand a little about how your camera’s meter works.  Because if you over expose the shot, and make it too light, the colors in the sky won’t show up in the image that you capture with your camera.

The Witness Tree, Gettysburg PA

The Witness Tree, Gettysburg PA

One of my first 35mm film cameras had an exposure lock, and a very simple meter that took a light reading in the center of the image.  So I would point the center point of the viewfinder at the light part of the sky to set the exposure for the bright area, hold the lock button, compose the photo the way I wanted it with trees and other objects of interest in it, and shoot.  What this did was give me the proper exposure for the brightest part of the photo, the sky, and leave the things on the ground as dark silhouettes.  And often I would shoot a second shot that I would underexpose by ½ stop or maybe even a whole stop, just in case.  This was before all the scene modes, and advanced metering systems we now have available.  But it’s exactly what your camera, or you, still need to do today to get the right exposure.

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Nature Photography: Five Tips For Great Photos That Sell. by Andrew Goodall

Nature photography is increasingly popular, and digital cameras allow anyone to give it a try. There are so many nature photographers out there these days, it is a real challenge to get your work noticed.

If you want to make some money from nature photography, or even make it your living, your photography must offer something special. It is not enough for your photos to be ‘good.’ There is more than enough ‘good’ photography out there already. Your photos need to be unique and distinctive, or they simply won’t be noticed.

Here are five tips to help you rise to the challenge.

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Want to remember something? Don’t take a photo.

Research shows, when taking photos you remember less of the experience you are photographing, with one exception.   http://zite.to/1bOgNfT

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