Author: Sheen Watkins

How to Control What’s “In Focus” with Focus Stacking

When working with landscapes, focus stacking is a powerful approach in creating sharp images from foreground to the background. Focus stacking is a technique used to increase how much detail appears in focus in an image. The two key steps in the process include 1) Taking multiple photos of the same scene, but with each snap of the shutter you are using a different focus point and 2) Combining or merging the images into one using Photoshop that pulls in all of the areas in focus.

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Introduction to Exposure Bracketing & Tips for Terrific Photos

Exposure bracketing is taking multiple exposures of the same subject, including some that are underexposed and some that are overexposed. Exposure bracketing improves our ability to maximize optimum exposure and offers additional post processing creativity. We’ll review key considerations in exposure bracketing including 1) How it works, 2) How to set up your camera, 3) Photography tips and tools, and 4) Post processing.

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Why Shoot in Aperture Priority Mode?

Aperture Priority mode is a go-to for many photographers. The reasons? Creative control, artistry, control over light management are just a few of the inherent benefits. Our cameras, depending on the make and model, have multiple shooting modes. The three primary modes that are referred to mostly are Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual.

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4 Easy Tips to Photograph Bees

It’s summer time which means the gardens are in full bloom with perennials and annuals. Roadsides, forests and landscapes are dotted with an array of colors while delicate fragrances hover in the early morning. Where there’s flowers, there’s bees. In North America there are 4000 different species of native bees. Our diligent, hard working bees provide crucial work in our ecosystem to many kinds of flowering plants and crops. They are also a fun and delightful subject in our summer photography.

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How & Where to Photograph Songbirds

Spring fever surrounds us with changing colors, perennial flowers and cheerful songbirds and smaller birds. Magazines, books that share tips on how to bring birds to gardens sell in droves. This is particularly true in the spring as gardeners, birders and nature enthusiasts work to attract birds, bees and butterflies to their back yards. Bird photography also extends well beyond our backyards as the majority of bird species don’t go to bird feeders.

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How to Create Beautiful Bokeh in Nature Photography

As the southern states are in full bloom and the northern states are thawing out in the Northern Hemisphere, spring outdoor photography kicks in to high gear. Flowers, foliage, migrating birds explode with beautiful colors. These subjects and their backgrounds present colorful and creative uses of bokeh. From defined to soft, working with bokeh is an art in itself.

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Water Photography: Composition & Creativity Ideas

Over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water and there’s anywhere from 50-65% of water within us. As photographers, we see and take images of water in many forms. From reflections, silky waterfalls, rippling waves, abstracts to seeing to the bottom of the pond, water serves as a picture-perfect subject, stage and back drop.

Taking advantage of water’s diversity is easy, finding your own style and creative composition is where the work begins. It may be slight adjustments of settings is all that’s needed to maximize the shot or choosing a different lens. Other scenarios may call for an extra tool or two.

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Sunrise Photography: Make Your Images Sparkle & Shine

What do most people do an hour before sunrise? While others are catching “z’s”, photographers are active participants in watching the sunrise cast its brilliant morning shine. Some of the most delicate and beautiful hues of the day happen before sunrises and right after sunsets. During this ‘blue hour,’ the sky has a deep blue hue. Rich, saturated colors paint the landscape and sky.

The transition from the blue hour to the golden hour happens quickly. An array of colors appears from blues, lavenders, pinks, reds to oranges.

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