Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vertical and Horizontal

You may not realize it from looking at my pictures, here, but I often have an alternate version of the same subject. I often shoot both a vertical and a horizontal version. In my mind, one version is usually my first choice, and the other is my second choice. I make the one I prefer,...

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Finding Your Special Strengths

More than half my lifetime ago, I met a wonderful young lady, just as she was starting college. We fell in love. In order to be with her more, and in order to share the same knowledge and experiences as hers, I tagged along with her to all of her classes. She double-majored in biology...

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How To Isolate Subjects, Part 3

[Editorial Note: This is the third part of a series, showing methods of isolating photography subjects. Part one is here. Part 2 is here.] In the picture of a common raven, above, I isolated the subject from the surrounding elements of the scene by using a lens with a rather narrow angle of view. Generally...

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7 Easy Steps to Better Nature Photography

Here are seven easy steps that, if followed, will improve most people’s nature photos. They’re not nearly all there is to know, but they’re often important, and often ignored. They may sound too facile to take seriously, but they truly can help. 1) Slow down. 2) Be silent. 3) Be patient. 4) Pay attention. 5)...

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The Bowdlerization of Beauty: Anatomy of an April Fool’s Day Prank

A few days ago, I posted about an amazing new Photoshop action I’d created, which corrects every photo problem portrait photographers encounter, guaranteed. Hopefully, you all had a good laugh. Those familiar with my photography or writing won’t be surprised that I intended more to my April Fool’s Day prank than just silliness. So, now...

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