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Bob Coates

Infrared photography extends your options
Adding depth and creativity with a Glow
Outdoor photography at Oak Creek, part three
Prevent shadows in outdoor photographs
Outdoor photography at Oak Creek, part two
Photographic composition techniques help tell a story
Outdoor photography at Oak Creek, part one
Stitching panoramic photos
You photographed fireworks – now what?
Customize your camera for better function
Get fired up for fireworks
How to cope when you can’t wait for the “right light”

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Prevent shadows in outdoor photographs

The best way to prevent shadows in outdoor photographs is to not pose your subjects in full sun. Sometimes that isn’t possible. Adding lots of fill light is the answer to making your subjects look more natural. In this case

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Outdoor photography at Oak Creek, part two

This is part two of a series on a ‘Day in the life on Oak Creek’ while photographing nature and wildlife. Check out the first installment here. Gear The second camera I brought on my nature adventure was the since-discontinued

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The background flowers were quite small but using the lens at 400mm it causes the flowers to be viewed quite large in relation to the grasses.

Outdoor photography at Oak Creek, part one

Outdoor photography encompasses a myriad of subjects from landscapes to avian creatures crossing the heavens above. I’ll be exploring this subject on a regular basis, sharing my gear selection, techniques, composition and much more. Oak Creek, Arizona Combing through my

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Stitching panoramic photos

To create a beautiful panoramic photograph start with good camera capture. Ideally, you will have a panoramic head. A panoramic head allows you to rotate your camera on a perfect plane with exact overlaps. In a pinch, you can create

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You photographed fireworks – now what?

We all love to get out to try and capture the spectacle of fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday. Sometimes we do better than others. And, sometimes we’ve done better than we thought. Let’s talk about some post-processing ideas.

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Sugru modification on my camera

Customize your camera for better function

Camera manufacturers have a very tough job in designing camera bodies, knobs and buttons to fit every hand comfortably. On the whole they do a fantastic job given the plethora of sizes, shapes and length of the populations fingers. When

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Single frame with multiple bursts. Lumix GX8 with Lumix G Vario 35-100 f/2.8 lens 1 second @ f/11 ISO 200

Get fired up for fireworks

Fireworks come but once a tear for many of us. It calls for specialized settings in order to get the most out of our 30-40 minute opportunity each year. I know I’ve always got to go back and review previous

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Water droplet photography, part two

Once again I will warn you that setting up for creating water droplet photos can be addicting. The variability of water drops and possible color combinations using different gels to get totally different looks can keep you occupied for days!

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Water droplet image

Water droplet photography, part one

Caution! If you take up creating images of water droplets you might become addicted. Last time I set up a droplet session I spent three days making images. With that health warning out of the way, let’s take a look

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Aurora HDR with Luminar Flex were used to process this image of the Owl's Clover

Pairing Aurora HDR and Luminar Flex

We have all heard that the best time of day to photo is sunrise and sunset. This is quite true as the sunlight passing through the atmosphere softens the light giving our environment more dimension and a warm glow. But

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The background flowers were quite small but using the lens at 400mm it causes the flowers to be viewed quite large in relation to the grasses.

Outdoor photography at Oak Creek, part one

Outdoor photography encompasses a myriad of subjects from landscapes to avian creatures crossing the heavens above. I’ll be exploring this subject on a regular basis, sharing my gear selection, techniques, composition and much more. Oak Creek, Arizona Combing through my

Read More
days_end_panoramic_photo_coates

Stitching panoramic photos

To create a beautiful panoramic photograph start with good camera capture. Ideally, you will have a panoramic head. A panoramic head allows you to rotate your camera on a perfect plane with exact overlaps. In a pinch, you can create

Read More
chicago-fireworks-new (1)

You photographed fireworks – now what?

We all love to get out to try and capture the spectacle of fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday. Sometimes we do better than others. And, sometimes we’ve done better than we thought. Let’s talk about some post-processing ideas.

Read More
Sugru modification on my camera

Customize your camera for better function

Camera manufacturers have a very tough job in designing camera bodies, knobs and buttons to fit every hand comfortably. On the whole they do a fantastic job given the plethora of sizes, shapes and length of the populations fingers. When

Read More
Single frame with multiple bursts. Lumix GX8 with Lumix G Vario 35-100 f/2.8 lens 1 second @ f/11 ISO 200

Get fired up for fireworks

Fireworks come but once a tear for many of us. It calls for specialized settings in order to get the most out of our 30-40 minute opportunity each year. I know I’ve always got to go back and review previous

Read More
water drop photo

Water droplet photography, part two

Once again I will warn you that setting up for creating water droplet photos can be addicting. The variability of water drops and possible color combinations using different gels to get totally different looks can keep you occupied for days!

Read More
Water droplet image

Water droplet photography, part one

Caution! If you take up creating images of water droplets you might become addicted. Last time I set up a droplet session I spent three days making images. With that health warning out of the way, let’s take a look

Read More
Aurora HDR with Luminar Flex were used to process this image of the Owl's Clover

Pairing Aurora HDR and Luminar Flex

We have all heard that the best time of day to photo is sunrise and sunset. This is quite true as the sunlight passing through the atmosphere softens the light giving our environment more dimension and a warm glow. But

Read More

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