Author: Sheen Watkins

Finding & Photographing the Northern Lights

One look at the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and you’re destined for a speechless moment. For night sky photographers, the northern lights represent an amazing photo opportunity. For others, it’s simply a must-see for those who enjoy night skies and star-gazing.

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3 Steps for Creating Panorama Images

Big mountain ranges span the horizon. City views with bridges and buildings shimmer at night. Soft horizons with a minimalist touch sooth the eyes and calm the soul. Dramatic panorama images are easy to create using today’s tools and post processing software.

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Optimizing Exposure: Shutter Speed

Shutter speed represents the amount of time the sensor is exposed to light. We use shutter speed to freeze motion. We use shutter speed to create movement and emphasize the feeling of motion. The various shooting modes of manual, aperture priority and shutter priority impact and manage shutter speed. Each mode goes about it a little bit differently.

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Prime Or Zoom Lenses: Which is Right for You?

It’s a special moment when we purchase a new lens. We anticipate the creative possibilities. We plan our next shoot to take advantage of our new family addition. Some of us go as far as staring at the box for a while, relishing that moment of “I finally have my new lens and my camera bag is complete.” Ok, the ‘complete’ part is a slight exaggeration. Our camera bags are never complete. Camera equipment is a significant investment of dollars and not something that the majority of photographers take lightly.

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Picture-Perfect Planning: The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Winter, spring, summer and fall – it really doesn’t matter. Outdoor and nature photographers constantly chase the light. It may be the blue hour, the golden hour, starry-starry evenings and moonlit nights. Arriving at a location with ample time to plan composition, think creatively and have different vantage points makes a difference in our productivity during the shoot.

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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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