I invited Jason and his wife Nicole Hahn to hang out on a special photo shoot I had lined up with about 20 people. Jason--a very talented nature and adventure photographer--expressed interested in seeing my group portrait workflow. He traded in his swamp boots for the day and traveled 3hrs on a Sunday just to spend a few hours watching me shoot portraits. Afterwards, we relaxed and had a nice dinner. He started talking about how he creates black and white sunsets images. After seeing a few samples of his work, I was hooked. I asked him to be a … [Read more...] about Black and White at First and Last Light
Category: Nature Photographer: Murray Fox Title: A Fresh Winter's Morning Too often, when we think of nature photography, we think only of wild places. Here Fox captures a wonderful, early morning, pastoral scene of horses in a pasture. Normally, I prefer off-center composition, but this is the perfect arrangement for this image. And, the color! Very warm and evocative. Photo originally shared here in Photofocus' Google+ Community. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of The Day: Murray Fox
Category: Nature Photographer: Chris Utano Title: Rocks I am a sucker for a well-composed shot of a shoreline. As a nature photographer, it has all the elements: land, sea and sky. This image is not only well composed. It is deftly processed. With sunsets and sunrises, there is always a temptation to pump up the saturation. Utano resisted that temptation. Still, there is enough punch for me to suspect a bit of HDR sweetening, but not so much that it feels unnatural. As a result, the photo feels like one is looking out the window … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Chris Utano
Landscape photography brings its own rewards. Being in a beautiful place at a tranquil time of day is therapeutic. Add good company, and it doesn't really matter if you make any good pictures because the experience alone was worthwhile. For instance, I visited my parents, recently, and my dad and I awoke early to photograph the moon setting over one of our favorite places, Garden of the Gods. Due to a small cloud that wouldn't move, the moonset was a bust, but I exercised a few tips I've learned to make the most of the experience anyway, and we … [Read more...] about Shooting Landscapes? Go the Extra Mile
I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a "morning person", but when I travel my alarm is almost always set to wake me up before the sun rises. Whether it's to photograph landscapes and nature, or to walk through a less-crowded market, I always find that time is on my side when I get up early. Here are some of the reasons that I'm keen on early days for photographers: 1. You see a "different" side of the area you're visiting My trip to Vietnam was one of my first experiences with walking the streets of Southeast Asia. I quickly learned that … [Read more...] about Create Better Travel Photographs by Waking Up Early
When I was a kid in Sister Tonis 4th grade class, she gave us a handy way to remember Daylight Savings Time. Spring forward; turn the clock ahead lose an hour. Fall back, turn the clock back gain an hour. For years this little saying has helped me remember which way to turn the clock at 2 a.m. But what does it really mean for Photographers? For starters, make sure your camera has daylight savings enabled and check to make sure it automatically adjusted the cameras time. If not. change it manually. Set Your Cameras Clock Your cameras … [Read more...] about What Does Daylight Savings Time Mean for Photographers?
I'm getting ready to go shoot time-lapse photography, and one of the most important things I need to know is where the sun will be (closely followed by where is it going). Even if you're just shooting sunrise and sunset its still useful to know where the sun will be coming and going. In fact, I find myself opening this app on just about any shoot that not happening in the middle of the day. I present to you, the essential and indispensable Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer By ozPDA. It has saved my bacon time after time. This app can … [Read more...] about My Favorite App for Shooting Sunrises and Sunsets
Image and Post by But nuf about pretty pictures. Here is some info you can actually use when photographing sunsets and sun rises. Enjoy! And remember, you snooze you lose! … [Read more...] about Sunrise, Sunset