Author: Sheen Watkins

From Big Landscapes to Visual Escapes

As someone who started photography with birds, I initially thought landscape photography would be easy. It is quite the contrary. Taking a photograph of a scene is straightforward. Capturing a landscape image that gives the viewer a brief, visual escape may be easy during one shoot. The next shoot may be a different story. Some landscape compositions are obvious, some are not.

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Bird Photography: How to “Get the Shot”

Migration season is here in the Northern Hemisphere. For bird photographers, one could argue that the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year” could apply to birding migration season. Breeding plumage is in full color. Birds strut their stuff for a breeding mate. Various species can be seen on the migratory flyway passing through to their nesting site. Photographers experience amazing moments with these diverse little and large subjects.

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Intro to Manual Mode and When to Use It

For those of us who are inherently control freaks, shooting in manual a good thing. If you are getting started with photography, it can be a bit overwhelming deciding which settings to use for a given shot or with changing light conditions. Each of the shooting modes including manual, aperture and shutter priority have their strengths. When shooting in manual, the photographer has control over all the settings.

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Photographing Water – Solid, Liquid and Gas

The three three states of matter – solid, liquid and gas apply to water. They all look so different that we may not even think about the fact we are simply photographing water. Understanding conditions that create the various states combined with ideas for inspiration will help us take advantage of water’s diverse beauty.

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The Filters Factor: Adding WOW to your Images

The filter factor! As photographers we all want to spend time in the field creating beautiful, impactful images. Filters can play a significant factor in making that happen. Photographers almost universally agree that lighting is extremely important, if not the most important element. Lighting brings out detail, frames our subjects and plays a major role in our composition. The right lighting when combined with good composition and techniques, makes our images shine. When the lighting doesn’t work, many of those files end up being dropped quickly into the digital dumpster. The use of filters provides additional creativity and management of light.

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Bring Out the Wild in Wildlife Photography

To capture the wild in wildlife, it’s a combo pack of timing, skill, patience and taking many shots. Birds, bears, wolves and other animals are not perfect posers. In most cases we have just a few quick moments to fire a few snaps. We have to think and react quickly. At the same time, we need to be thinking ahead of our subject.

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