A couple of years ago somebody showed me some pictures of macro photography. They looked interesting, however, it did not resonate with me. Now, many years later, I read some booksand looked at videos on Youtube. It turns out that macro photography is a lot more than taking pictures of plants and insects and laying on the ground. So, there was a growing interest.After realising that my regular lenses would not suffice, I looked at possible cheap adjustments:- close-up filters are put on a regular... continue reading
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Dear reader,Today, I’ll try to give you some hints about photographing birds in the field. Some of these hints are essential to good bird photographs. At the least, they might help you not be disappointed when you get back home at the end of the good bird photographing activity and see all your images have camera shakes, blurs, and out of focus situations.1 - Be patient. Patience is the key to beautiful bird photographs. It takes some time for the birds to get used to the environment in the... continue reading
There are some great opportunities, and challenges, in photographing the night sky. This is especially true if you want to include the Milky Way as in this photo below. Here are four steps to make it easier for you.1. Plan the location.You are looking for the darkest sky possible. In order to capture the Milky Way you will need to find a south facing location (in North America) where you are at least twenty miles or so away from a city or town. Plus the scene should ideally have no light sources... continue reading
Or the perks of being a photographer. You get to travel and discover the world and come back with stunning views of places that for starters, us, human beings, can only frame them in our houses. But how do you get to stand out with an amazing waterfall capture?Q&As with Dmitry Rukhlenko.1. What do you feel when you photograph a waterfall? I enjoy photographing waterfalls. Many of them are charming and photogenic. It is said that the flowing water is one of the things that... continue reading
Basically I am not very fond of tripods. On rare occasions you need one and still you have to carry them around all the time. Another reason for not liking them is the lack of flexibility in positioning the camera (for example, horizontal or vertical, or the position I want to take). So, I never take a tripod with me.Coming back from Xi'an in China I noticed that in the hall of the Terracotta Army quite a few pictures had an ISO value of 6400 or close to it. And that the Shutter Speed I choose... continue reading
The photo (below) in this post of the Snowdrops in my backyard turned out very well. (See the full frame photo in my portfolio). But, it wasn't necessarily going to happen without a bit of planning before snapping the shutter.Here are a few simple steps to consider when you are walking by a nice setting of flowers in order to increase the chances of taking a great shot.If you simply photograph the flowers from waist height you would find that the angle is too high and the distance too great.... continue reading
The blue hour occurs twice every day, just before sunrise and after sunset, but despite its regularity it provides almost magical opportunities for photography. Do you lack colors in your photos? Would you appreciate more mystical atmosphere in your frames? And would you treasure seeing your town from a unique perspective, which you would never have noticed at noon? Then the blue hour offers two unique, "once in a lifetime-like", chances every single day.This spring I have experimented with taking... continue reading
Great sunset photos must of course start with a great sunset. Here are a few simple tips to achieve your own great sunset photos.Keep an eye to the West. . . great sunsets often come, and go, very quickly.Use a tripod. . . you will need a fairly slow shutter speed when shooting in fading light.Set the white balance to daylight. . . shade or cloudy settings will add too much yellow to the photo.Use a low ISO to prevent excessive noise. . . slow the shutter speed as needed. . . remember,... continue reading
While researching cameras and tripods for a new lightweight, compact photography kit that I could take with me while bike touring I was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable cost of a couple excellent quality items.First I needed to replace an old Canon Rebel that started glitching out so that it was no longer dependable.I wanted to replace the DSLR with something less bulky for my bike touring and travel needs without sacrificing quality images.After looking over some of the four thirds... continue reading
Within few hours the new year is coming to an end. The party can begin. Were we foodies, we would think of the good food that we will serve tonight. Were we movie fans, we would think of all the new movies to be released in the new year. But we are photographers, so food and movies can wait. I am convinced that all would take out and arrange their equipment: tripod, remote control and camera, trying to identify the best possible location to capture the most spectacular fireworks.I wish you all a... continue reading
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