Join Scott Bourne on a trip down memory lane. Americana photography is one of the fastest-growing segments of the photo industry. Learn why this photography style is so popular, what gear you need to be successful while photographing Americana, how to get the right shots, what to shoot and where to shoot it... If you talk to photographers, they often discuss their use of cameras and their love of photography by describing WHAT they photograph. “I’m a wildlife photographer,” or “I’m a landscape photographer,” etc. More and more the phrase … [Read more...] about Announcing “Americana Photography” A New E-Book By Scott Bourne
I use Sony a6000 as my primary underwater camera. It is 24.3MP so I can easily compose in editing. The kit lens is sharp and shoots wide. The Sony shoots in RAW, necessary for white balance and editing after the fact. It has very fast autofocus which can keep up with my subjects as well as three continuous shooting speeds. But, the primary reason I went with the a6000 over any other model was because I was able to purchase an underwater hard case for the camera for around $200. I selected the Neewer 40m/130ft Underwater Housing. Amazon also … [Read more...] about Sony a6000 with Neewer Underwater Case
I was lucky enough recently to get another opportunity to photograph California Brown Pelicans, a subspecies of P. occidentalis, - the smallest member of the pelican family at LaJolla Cove near San Diego. On and off over the last 20 years Ive visited this location during the second/third week of January when the pelicans are reliably in the peak of their breeding plumage and at no time have I been disappointed. You may see the birds here in breeding plumage anytime between December and February. The pelican colony lives along the craggy … [Read more...] about Photographing La Jolla Cove’s Brown Pelican Colony
Most bird photographers will post their best images and let you know how cool it is to photograph birds - me included. But most bird photographers will NOT post the images that they screw up and I guess I didn't get that memo because I will. Sometimes you can learn more from mistakes than successes. In this short post Ill give you some ideas of what NOT to do when you photograph birds - or anything else most of the time. Mistake Number One | Composition Don't frame so tightly that you cut off part of the bird. Mistake Number Two | … [Read more...] about Photographing Birds – What NOT To Do
Our job as photographers is to capture the essence of our subjects. This involves adjusting to our clients and any given situation on a moments notice. A challenge is simply an opportunity. Recently, fellow photographer Toni Shaw shared her experience of working with an antsy client. Confined to the walls of her studio, her young subject a dancer was having trouble sitting still and taking directions during the shoot. This, in turn, was causing her to miss crucial shots. Behind the camera that day, Toni wracked her brain as to how she could … [Read more...] about Adjusting To Your Clients During Portrait Sessions
"My four-year-old daughter is making her first journey on an airplane later this week. I'm making a slideshow of pictures to show her how the process of flying works so that she won't be nervous when we go to the airport and board the plane. May I make a picture of you to include and show her how nice people are at the airport?" That's been my opening line as I run into people doing their jobs at airports around the country for the last few weeks, and as I share some of the pictures from my travels on social media (search #AirportPhotowalk) I … [Read more...] about How to Photograph Anywhere
On my last trip to Alaska we had some great sunsets and on the day I made this image we had a beautiful orange glow in the sky. I saw this Coast Guard supply ship in the distance and I realized that it was going to pass right under the sun. I also saw a flock of eagles fishing nearby, so I asked the captain of our small boat to position us so that I could shoot directly into the sun in an attempt to line up the boat with the reflection from the sun. Because there were lots of eagles in the vicinity, I also knew there was a slight chance that … [Read more...] about How I Made The Shot – Eagle & Boat At Sunset
(Please note - my gear reviews aren't based on pixel peeping or measurebeating. I simply use a piece of gear in real-world shooting situations the way I would use any piece of gear and then write down my impressions. There are plenty of places to do all the side-by-side image comparisons. This post will simply be a mini-review based on my tests. All the photos in this post were made with the Sigma 150-600 Sports Lens.) Shooting Environment I took my annual bird photo trip to New Mexico recently and thanks to the kind folks at lensrentals.com I … [Read more...] about Testing The Sigma 150-600 Sports Lens
While birds are everywhere, they are also hard to photograph because they are small, fast, nervous and oh yeah - because they can fly. If you can't find them, you can't photograph them. So I thought I'd write a post explaining how you might go about finding avian subjects. Great bird subjects inspire great bird images. Pretty much anywhere in the world you can find birds. Since I live in the USA Ill limit this post to that geographic area. But thats still a lot of ground to cover. The great thing about photographing birds is that you can … [Read more...] about About Bird Photography – Finding The Birds
Category: Portraits Photograph: by Joan Manel Zamora Muoz Originally shared on the Photofocus Google+ community. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Mushing Sled Dog
There are lots of sites publishing lists of inexpensive gifts for photographers. But what about those of you who had a good year and who want to share the love with your favorite photographer? Heres your list These five items are high-end gifts that just about any photographer would enjoy. They are priced between $120 and $1100 and no matter what kind of gear your photographer has now, theyre going to want one or all of these. In no particular order: Here my top five recommended high-end holiday gifts for photographers. 1. The Lensbaby … [Read more...] about Five High-End Holiday Gifts Guaranteed To Make Your Photographer Happy
A little over year ago, I stumbled across an amazing image on Facebook that someone was passing off as a production still from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Knowing how closely J.J. Abrams protects his mystery box, I was dubious and started digging. That search lead me to Matthew Callahan and the toy photography project that would come to be known as Galactic Warfighters. I have been a huge fan ever since. Not long after, I reached out to Matthew, who, as Marine Corps Combat Correspondent, was stationed in Okinawa at the time. This fact … [Read more...] about Galactic Warfighters: Much More Than Toys
Animals are skittish around other creatures with legs, but not so skittish with cars. Ive been in situations where approaching certain birds for instance, I can't get within 200 feet before they flush. But if I drive into the middle of the flock in a car, none of them moves an inch. For whatever reason, most animals are not wary of cars. By using a window mount with a ball head or a bean bag to support your lens, your car can easily become a comfortable and portable blind. Not only does this make it easier to photograph the wildlife without … [Read more...] about Photographing Wildlife/Birds From Your Car
Subtitle 1 - You Can't Pixel Peep Your Way To A Perfect Image Subtitle 2 - You Can Feel Your Way To A Photograph This post is long, and may seem to be all over the place, but stick with me - theres a point to be made in here somewhere :) Lately, I have been studying street photography. I have looked at both historical and current work from old and new masters. One thing that immediately jumped out at me was this. Many of the most famous, successful, compelling street images wouldn't survive the camera forums of today because they are not … [Read more...] about The Story of “Family of Cranes” – You Indeed Can Feel Your Way To A Photograph
Hopefully you've started on your holiday shopping and aren't waiting till the last minute to get things out for people. If you're short on ideas, here's a list of main gifts that an Apple iPhone photographer or videographer techie would enjoy. I say that these are main gifts, because well... they're not cheap :D Polaroid ZIP printer This little printer is a nice portable printer that allows you to print out 2x3 prints instantly without any smudging! It connects through Bluetooth 4.0 to an app for iOS and Android and utilizes Polaroid's ZINK … [Read more...] about iPhone Photography/Videography Giftlist!
Where ever the holidays find you, there are lots of opportunities to commit memories to photography. Carry your camera. Holiday decorations are calling you! Gear Travel light. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a normal lens is usually all you need. Now I admit to carrying a tripod whenever I can, though not always. Boost the ISO Holiday lights glowing in the evening cry out for a steady camera by either using a tripod or a faster shutter speed. Modern cameras do really well at higher ISO numbers. Don't be afraid of boosting the heck out of the … [Read more...] about Happy Holiday Shooting!
I haven't done one of these in a while so here are 10 short/quick tips for aspiring bird photographers. (In no particular order.) 1. When the sun and the wind are from the same direction, think flight photography. These are perfect conditions to shoot birds in flight. 2. Flight or not, keep the sun at your back. Stay on sun angle. That is - if you want to make commercially acceptable bird photography. More than 90% of the photos published in bird-related publications feature a bird lit by direct sunlight or open shade. 3. Flight photography … [Read more...] about 10 Down & Dirty Quick Bird Photography Tips
Background Story Finding Inspiration As Caitlin was getting ready to leave, I noticed a long-sleeve shirt she had buried in her bag. The plaid button down red shirt with her jean shorts gave me an idea. I wanted to see how the red plaid, button-down shirt would look again a blue, clouded sky. She changed and we began our second shoot. We shot a few images, but something was still missing. Just then my buddy Jerry, a homeless guy who lives by the beach, rode up on his red bike. Jerry has watched several of my shoots before and asked if he … [Read more...] about How to Create the Look – Adding a Background Element
In this series, I explore what goes into to getting a shot. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments and I'll try to unlock any secrets. Thanks for reading. Background Story Katty Shack is one of Brevard County, Florida's most loved bands. The band specializes in 80's music and has a huge loyal following. I met the band through Brooke, a model friend of mine. Her boyfriend at the time now husband Tom is a founding member. Over the years, I've built a great relationship with the band not to mention Katty, the lead singer, stole my … [Read more...] about How to Create the Look – Posing a Group
When I started getting serious about photography, I stopped concentrating on gear and started concentrating on developing a photographic eye. Unfortunately I was not born with the gift of visual acuity. I am glad to report that it is something you can learn. One of my early teachers used self-assignments to help move me along my path. And three of those assignments rolled into one. I first did these decades ago. Every once in a while to brush up on my visualization, I will do them even now. And even thought these are some of the oldest lessons … [Read more...] about Three Ways To Improve Your Photographic Eye
Join Photofocus' Melissa Niu and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson about using tripods for long lenses and how they restrict camera movement. https://youtu.be/qZn0DkhCjqc Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been … [Read more...] about Moose Hates Tripods | Moose Peterson – What’s in Your Bag
Join Photofocus' Melissa Niu and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson about shooting undetected with the Nikon DF. https://youtu.be/PytG95xZXPM Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his … [Read more...] about Shooting with the Nikon DF | Moose Peterson – What’s in Your Bag
Join Photofocus' Melissa Niu and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson about understanding your subject. https://youtu.be/ep0nd8VPMI8 Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his passion. One … [Read more...] about Understanding your Subject | Moose Peterson – What’s in Your Bag
Sometimes, photographers find themselves in the position where they will need to collaborate with other artists to bring their vision or ideas into fruition. Recently, I've delved into the genre of women's glamour photography and knew that I needed the services of a makeup artist. Trying to find a makeup artist that fits into your vision can be challenging, but I will share a few tips that may help make the search easier. Finding a Makeup Artist A good place to start is by checking a buy/sell/trade group on Facebook for your area. If you are … [Read more...] about Tips for Finding and Working with a Professional Makeup Artist
One of the keys to successful portrait photography is learning that the most important buttons you can push are not on your camera. On the eve of the 2006 NBA finals, I got a call to shoot Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade for People Magazine. Dwyane was sick as a dog with a 103 degree fever, yet he was happy to give it his best shot. Im often asked what I say to bring out the expression I want when photographing a portrait. The truth is there is no magic phrase but there is a method. Rather than telling someone to smile or look … [Read more...] about Push the Right Buttons
Join Photofocus' Melissa Niu and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson about benefits to shooting the Nikon D4s. https://youtu.be/0u9rCeuKGB8 Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his … [Read more...] about Reliability of the Nikon D4s | Moose Peterson – What’s in Your Bag
Never leave a shoot without at least one shot that makes you proud. One of the differences between photography as a profession -vs- photography as a passion is that as a professional photographer you must meet your client's needs. That doesn't mean you shouldn't satisfy your own in the process. Some magazine assignments can be very open-ended, others read like a shopping list. You always have to photograph what's on the list, but you shouldn't overlook a great shot just because the magazine didn't think to ask for it. My Sports Illustrated … [Read more...] about Shoot One For Yourself
I suspect a lot of photographers can relate to the scenario of arriving on location with your camera but without much certainty about what to do with it. This happens to me a lot. Its not like we always have the luxury of having every frame mapped out before we even arrive. Sometimes, there is a foggy vagueness that you need to contend with before things begin falling into place. When this happens, it helps to have something to pull out of your bag o trickssome go-to thing that you can do to at least engage the creative portion of your brain. … [Read more...] about Quick Photo Tip: Have doubts? Just pan!
When you're shooting pro athletes, don't expect to get a lot of time. You can either panic or embrace it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the midst of a Super Bowl run when ESPN the Magazine sent me to photograph defensive end Simeon Rice. With only a half hour to do so, my job was to come away with as much variety as I could in the time I had to make my editor happy. While you can walk in with a high-speed motor drive and machine gun the hell out of the shoot, the best approach is often to do just the opposite. We kept things very simple, … [Read more...] about Shoot Less. Think More.
Join Photofocus' Melissa Niu and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson about having patience on a recent trip he took to Alaska. https://youtu.be/ezbwCIO255w Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be … [Read more...] about Having Patience in Alaska | Moose Peterson – What’s in Your Bag