I brought a group of four photographers to south Texas, where we had the opportunity to photograph birds and wildlife from private blinds. In wildlife photography, the challenges are numerous. For birds, especially, it is extremely difficult to get close enough to fill the frame, even with a super-telephoto lens. Here are the main challenges with wildlife/bird photography: Continue reading
Immerse yourself in your passion on one of my small-group photo tours. On each of these excursions, I take you to some of the best shooting locations for wildlife and landscapes. I offer each student one on-one instruction tailored to their individual needs, both in the field (camera settings, composition, exposure), and in the classroom (post-processing techniques, image review and critique). Photography is about capturing the right place at the right time, and on my safaris, we do just that. These workshops are optimal for photographers of all levels, and I welcome beginners! This year, I’ll be going to several popular locations.
2013 Instructional Photo Tour Dates
- South Texas Birding Photography Workshop (May 2013)
- South Dakota Badlands Digital Photography Workshop with Deborah Sandidge (June 2013)
- Fall in the Colorado Rockies Digital Photography Workshop (September 2013)
In today’s digital world, we have unprecedented access to high-quality photographic equipment. Just ten years ago, most photographers had a basic camera, sent their film off for processing, and got back a set of slides or 4×6″ prints to enjoy. Early digital cameras were either too expensive or too limited in quality to really be adopted by the average consumer. Now, you can get a 24 megapixel camera like the Nikon D3200 with a zoom lens for under $700!
Think about that for a second. Today’s digital cameras have enough resolution to rival medium format film cameras of the past. Back then, the only people I ever met who used medium format were studio portrait photographers. A medium format system was completely unrealistic for most photographers; they were harder to use and cost a fortune.
With so many people having access to amazing digital photo technology, there’s a feeling that anyone can be a great photographer because they have a great camera. I see it when I talk to wedding photographers about how their clients don’t want to pay for prints or albums because “uncle Joe” has a DSLR and will shoot their wedding for free. I see it when I browse Google+ or Facebook and see mediocre images posted as “works of art.” Friends, a mediocre 24 megapixel snapshot is still mediocre. You just have more resolution to display your mediocrity. With that, here are five fundamental tips for anyone who has recently picked up a new DSLR (or even an older one) and wants to improve their photography. Continue reading