Category Archives: Technique

Staging Nature Photos

A few weeks ago, Jason Reed asked me for my thoughts about staged nature photos. I told him I’d write an article on my website to answer fully, rather than give a brief, incomplete answer, elsewhere. So here it is. When I started nature photography, I read a book by Leonard Lee Rue III, called...

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Practice Makes Practice

In my last post, I said that practice doesn’t make perfect, but effort may. By “practice”, I’m referring to exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill. I don’t practice my photography. I can’t recall ever having done photography practice at all. I quite possibly never will. That might sound surprising. Professional baseball players practice batting....

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Lessons I’ve Learned, Part 1

[Editorial Note: I'm posting the picture, above, Mother's Love, for Mother's Day. This picture is for all mothers. Thank you. This picture is especially dedicated to three special mothers in my life: my own Ma, Renée, and my beloved friends, Kasia and Jennifer.]   Today, I’m going to share with you a hodgepodge of things...

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Diversify

You might’ve noticed that the picture above shows a little girl, rather than the landscapes, wildlife, wildflowers, and such, which I usually show. A couple days ago, someone suggested me to a bride-to-be, to photograph her wedding. The bride-to-be replied, “But he’s a nature photographer”. Yes, I photograph nature. I also photograph people, as you...

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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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