Tips for Winter Photography

Photographing Subjects In The Snow

Here are some helpful hints for taking photographs of subjects and landscapes in the snow. Using program mode on your camera for winter photography will produce ‘gray’ snow. To correct this you can add at least 1/3 to 2 stops more depending upon light, shoot in manual mode, adjust exposure/brightness in camera, or during post processing.

If you’re going to go out and brave the cold, check your camera settings before you go outside. Bright snow reflects light, try not to overexpose which will results in loss of details.

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Tips for Winter Bird Photography

Attract Wildlife

Photographing birds in the winter time can be easy and fun. Here are some helpful tips for winter bird photography. First, bring the birds to you. Each year I decorate our front porch with pine garland, berries, pine cones, and perches for the birds. I hang a window feeder, fill it with black oil sunflower, and wait for the birds to come.

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Be Patient

To photograph birds through a window you need to put your lens as close and flat as possible to the glass, in order to avoid reflection. Notice which direction the light is coming from and try to use it to your advantage. Be patient, the birds can see your movements. They may get startled and fly away at first.

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Get Creative

Over time they’ll get used to your presence and pose for you. Get creative with decorations and perches. You can sprinkle some bird seed inside bird houses or decorative containers, enticing the birds to land where you want to photograph them.

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Use Caution

Be aware that anytime you feed the birds you may also be attracting unwanted guests such as raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and mice.

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There are lots of ways to make photography work for you in winter without shivering to the bone. Enjoy nature, be creative, and have fun!

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Photo Tips Fall Colors

Are you interested in capturing some colorful fall photos this year? Follow these steps for creative fall photography, and capture those rich vibrant colors.

Autumn is my favorite time of year for photography. It’s the grand finale to summer but the weather can be tricky sometimes. Believe it or not those fall trees with beautiful bright colorful leaves will look more vivid and vibrant under low light. On a clear sunny day early morning or evening is the ideal time for fall landscapes. Photographing landscapes with even light will really make those colors pop!

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‘Oakley Corners State Forest Landscape’

Don’t put your camera away on an overcast day, get outside because it might be your best light. Set your white balance to cloudy for the best results.

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‘Peaceful Creek’

Be creative, experiment!

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‘Tic Tac Toe’

If you like abstract photography, capture those beautiful colors reflecting light on lakes and ponds. Every photograph you take will be original and unique.

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‘Abstract Tree Reflection’

Mix your fall photography with a nice long hike through the woods, or a trip to the pumpkin farm. That way you can enjoy the best of everything fall has to offer!

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Tips for Wildlife Photography

It never occurred to me that my camera lens looked like a big predator eye until I met my falconer friend. While photographing his birds, he explained to me that when I point my camera at them, they feel the need to flee because the lens makes me look like a giant predator.

To calm his bird’s fear, he suggested I photograph them while they were eating in order to have them associate my camera lens with a reward. Much in the same way you would train a dog. The experience enlightened me and I began to change my thinking. I became more aware of where I aimed my lens, as well as my eye contact with animals when I photograph them.

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“North Wind” Red Tailed Hawk Painting

I’ve never used a blind until this year so I’ve always been out in the open. Birds which I photographed near bird feeders always accepted my presence after a short period of time. I began to notice that animals who share their environment with people also become accustomed to their presence. When I started photography I found it easy to photograph animals at local parks, zoos, or college campuses where there was a great deal of human activity on a daily basis.

After returning to the woods, I found the same thing to be true. If I spent enough time in one spot, the animals came to accept me as part of their environment. Even though I was not camouflaged, they overcame their fear of approaching me. Many animals are curious by nature, and often times I was surprised by how close they would come to me.

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“Wild Expedition” Eastern Gray Squirrel

I never stalk animals. Whenever I try to follow them, they flee. Normally I choose a spot to sit and wait for them to come to me. Of course it’s helpful to sit quietly and blend in. The color of my clothing makes a difference, I don’t wear bright colors when I’m out in the woods. On the other hand, when I want to photograph hummingbirds, I wear red, or a colorful t-shirt which attracts them to me.

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“Shimmering Breeze Hummingbird” Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Some animals such as deer will respond to my voice. I know they will run when they see me move. However, if I talk softly to them or make a noise, they will look toward me trying to figure out where the noise is coming from. In a few split seconds I have the opportunity to capture the important element of eye contact.

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“Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed” White Tailed Deer

Finally, be courteous with animals. I know this may sound silly but whenever an animal allows me to take their photograph, I thank them. Perhaps the fact that I’m relaxed when I talk to them makes me seem less threatening, I don’t know? I continue to do it because the practice always seems to provide good fortune for future interactions with wildlife.

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Nature Abstract Art

Colorful Abstract Series

Natural abstract art is unique and different according to changing weather conditions. In the fall when the leaves change colors, I look forward to photographing these colorful mosaic pattern nature abstracts.

Clear sparking water and wind mixes the reflection of fall foliage and creates a beautiful frosted glass effect. I never know what to expect, the colors and designs vary from day to day, and year to year.

Brilliant colors of fall foliage reflecting on the surface of the water create an interesting natural abstract pattern. When the wind blows, colors and patterns change making each of these abstracts beautiful and unique.

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Watch for Patterns

Colorful waves of blue, green, and yellow come together in a beautiful natural flowing pattern. This image gives me a great sense of calm, just like the day I photographed it while relaxing by our pond.

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All Seasons

This reflection of bright aspen trees on fresh water against a beautiful blue sky was photographed in spring instead of fall.

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Mixing Colors

Some of these abstract photographs can be mixed and matched because the colors are similar, but no two are ever exactly alike. Much of the fun for me is inventing fruitful names for them, I call this one “Coral Confetti”.

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Experimenting with Ideas

Here are a few ideas for making your own abstracts. Look for colorful reflections on any shiny surface, especially water. Watch for emerging patterns depending upon weather and time of day. Experiment, try manual and auto focus, as well as varying shutter speeds. Zoom in close on colors and patterns to isolate a variety of colors with minimal distractions.

If you have trouble seeing something interesting, consider creating a point of interest yourself. For this image I used a fast shutter speed while tossing a pebble in the water.

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Endless Possibilities

The possibilities for creating colorful abstract art is endless. It’s fairly easy to do once you teach yourself to see unique photo opportunities. You might even consider photographing abstracts that are more recognizable, like this colorful tree reflection.

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I hope you were inspired by theses colorful images. I look forward to seeing you create some wonderful and unique natural designs of your own!

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Photography Tutorial Depth of Field

What is depth of field?

In simple terms it’s the amount of space in your photograph that is in focus. You control depth of field by the angle at which you take your photograph, and by using the aperture priority setting on your camera.

Refer to your manual to determine this setting for your model. Set a low number (f-stop) to isolate your subject, set a high number to capture more detail.

The angle in which you take your photograph will effect depth of field. In this example I used a low number f-stop and was laying on the ground to isolate a single yellow dandelion.

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Even though I had my f-stop set at a low number (f/8), dandelions grow at about the same height. If I stood over them and pointed my camera down when I took the picture, all of the dandelions would have been in focus like the Bluet flowers in this photograph.

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I was able to get extremely close to this Black-Capped Chickadee because they land on a railing right outside my window. Here’s another example of how I isolated my subject by photographing it at eye-level.

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If I had pointed my camera up and taken a photo of this bird in a tree, the tree branches would also be in focus distracting from the main subject, like this goldfinch perched on a branch.

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For landscapes with more detail, set your f-stop to a higher number somewhere between f/11 and f/32. You will need to use a tripod since the f-stop setting will cause your shutter speed to be considerably slower. Because of the high number aperture setting (f/16) and slow shutter speed (.8 sec.) this waterfall appears milky white.

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How to Improve Your Photography

One question I’m frequently asked is how to improve photography? My answer is always the same. Get to know your subjects first, then read your camera manual and learn all your settings.

I mentored with a portrait photographer who told me the most important thing he does is to spend time building a relationship with his clients before photographing them. Everything you do to learn about your subjects will greatly improve your photography. I believe the most important thing you can do is spend time observing, whether it be animals in the wild, landscapes, or portrait photography. You have to anticipate the moment before you can capture it.

By observing hummingbirds at our feeders I noticed that they feed, jump off the perch, then return to feed some more. I was able to figure out that if I pre-focus my camera on the feeder, I could easily photograph them in mid-air when they jump off the perch.

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Landscape photographers scout several areas at different times of day, and study weather patterns to determine what the best days and times to photograph will be.

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By learning about the spotted salamander migration, I was able to quickly find and photograph these gigantic salamanders in early spring.

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One of the best things I did to improve my photography was to join our local Naturalist’s Club. I met lots of people with extensive knowledge on everything from birds to bees, and wildflowers. I had the opportunity to travel with them on field trips and explore many new places. Because of the knowledge I’ve gained, I’ll have a better understanding of what to look for when I take the camera out.

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