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Basics of Backyard Bird Photography

By learning to photograph birds, you’ll gain a new perspective on their amazing maneuverability and colorful beauty! Capturing a swooping bird shows how they dart swiftly through the air. Seeing a close-up enlightens the viewer to their colorful feathers. Bird photography is a fun and fast-growing hobby. In this post, we’ll teach you the essentials – bird feeder setup, camera gear, and image editing. Apply what you learn and you’ll never see a bird the same! Backyard Setup Consider these helpful tips when positioning your backyard bird feeder: Habitat – birds will be more interested in your...

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Digital Photography: Why Metering Modes Matter

Metering matters. As you can see in our image of a catnap, changing the metering configuration makes a big difference in the brightness of a picture. Correctly setting the metering mode will ensure your photographs have the best exposure possible. This is especially important for high-contrast scenes, like the example above. What does metering mean? And what are the different settings? Continue reading and we’ll explain metering and introduce three common modes. Applying these concepts will make an instantaneous improvement in your photography skills! The Meaning of Metering Metering is how...

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Introduction to Long Exposure Photography

Have you ever wondered how to take a picture where moving objects are artistically blurred while stationary objects are sharply in focus? These are called long exposures and we can teach you how to capture these photographs. Learning long exposure opens up an entirely new realm of creative photography that you can even try out at home, so let’s get to the long and short of it!   Long Exposure Explained A long exposure can be defined as one taken in low-light conditions using a shutter speed between 1 and 30 seconds. You may have seen such photos without knowing it and asked yourself...

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Creative Composition in Colder Months

Can you creatively compose nature photographs during winter months like February in Colorado? Of course you can! Keep these three concepts in mind when you begin composing a scene you would like to photograph in an artistic way. Identify unique shapes that engage the eye Capture tactile textures which provoke interest Question indescribable abstractions to heighten imagination Developing these techniques will allow you to have more fun photographing ice and snow and can be applied to summer scenes as well! The images are shown in black and white to emphasize the characteristics being...

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Beginning Photographers: Simple DoF Calculator App

Apps for photographers are great tools to add to your kit as they are more and more functional these days. A few of our favorites include: Simple DoF Calculator: Great for calculating depth of field for your camera and lens! The Photographer’s Ephemeris: Get the lighting just right…This app is helpful for determining the time and angle of the sunrise for a given date and location Snapseed: Don’t forget the final touches with this easy to use photo editor For now, let’s take a closer look at the Simple DoF Calculator. The Simple DoF Calculator is very useful when calculating depth of field...

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Adjusting Your ISO to Capture Natural Light and Drama

In my last blog, I discussed exploring your DSLR’s manual settings to create photos with some depth and punch. Manually choosing your aperture settings is one way. Today, we’ll talk about the importance of adjusting your ISO. In photography, ISO refers to film speed, or how sensitive film is to light. Digital cameras don’t use film, but they do have a sensor which behaves similarly, so the term stuck with the advent of digital cameras. The obvious benefit to digital photography is that you don’t’ have to change your film if you want to use a different speed. ISO values typically range from...

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