The hardest part of the class, Shooting and Thinking like a Pro, that I teach with Scott Rouse and Jeff Wendorff is coming up with a title that captures everything that we do in the class. I have taught the class for more than 15 years and it must have had half a dozen titles- […]
Tis the season for many of us to go out into the elements and photograph snowy winter scenes. I have done this for years and for many of them I was often disappointed with the images I got. They were perfectly nice and technically fine but there was something missing- they didn’t look wintery even […]
I have been watching the weather a lot lately and have noticed that large parts of the country are snow covered. For motorists this can be a pain in the fender but for photographers it can be a magical time to take pictures. If you are going out in winter to photograph and you want a shot that looks very wintery- what I call a winter wonderland shot- there is an important trick to remember.
What a difference soft light makes! Remember my post a few weeks back when I was lamenting how hard it is to photograph the details of lobstering when both the sun and the contrast are high? Well I had another chance to go out on a lobster boat and finally I had beautiful soft light to capture all that goes on when traps are being hauled.
No matter the time of year or business of the harbor there are always bright colors to be found. You can go on the drabbest of winter days or the rainiest of summer days and there are colors every where in a harbor. This is in contrast to most other outdoor subjects that have definite times of the year when they are prime and other times of the year when they are nonexistent
Here is the situation. I am inside a paddock with a stallion, two grooms and the farm manager. This is not something I recommend you try. Stallions are fully operational horses if you get my drift. Plus, it is still breeding season so all the stallions are flooded with testosterone. This makes them, like any male in a similar condition, unpredictable and just a wee bit wild
I know I have said and written about this many, many times in the past but it is worth repeating. Not because you all don’t understand it but because just like me we often get distracted and conveniently forget about it. What am I talking about? Light, Baby! It’s all about light
It really doesn’t get much easier than this. As soon as I got in the car robins started showing up. At times there were 5, 6 or 7 robins in the tree, moving around, gobbling up the berries, posing nice as can be. As soon as one or two left another one or two flew in. There was constant activity so there were constant opportunities for pictures