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Dragonflies

August 07, 2022 - Other than on one previous occasion I have never really made an effort to photograph dragonflies. But in the absence of...
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Polarize with ultra-wide lenses

April 24, 2022 - You have heard me say that we never want to use a polarizer filter on a wide or ultra-wide lens when the sky is included...
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Shoot while waiting

September 05, 2021 - So last week we looked at positioning the sun at an exact point in time. That image started about two hours before sunse...
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Balancing the foreground and the background

June 06, 2021 - Having a well-balanced image is a vital part of good compositions. When thinking about balance we often think only of ba...
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Dealing with Haze

May 30, 2021 - Photographers often hate haze. Photoshop and other editing software have dehaze filters to help photographers with this...
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Wave Action

February 21, 2021 - Don't you just love waves crashing into rocks and causing a big splash? There is something about the power, the sound, a...
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Frame-rate and wildlife photography

January 10, 2021 - Which of these two images do you prefer? I and the people I show my images to tend to prefer the last image. But why? W...
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Depth of Field (wildlife photography)

December 20, 2020 - When photographing wildlife we all want that creamy out-of-focus backgrounds that we always see in award-winning images.
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Bee-Eaters

October 04, 2020 - Bee-Eaters are colorful and make for great images. We were on a photography boat on the Chobe river in Botswana during o...
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Intimate Wildlife

June 13, 2020 - From time to time we have the good fortune to get really close to wildlife. Firstly, always stay safe. Wild animals are...
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Wildlife Moments

February 23, 2020 - Photography is all about capturing a moment in time that can have someone look at it for a long time. Wildlife photograp...
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Natural Frames

January 05, 2020 - Yes, I have written about using frames compositionally before. Today I am going to be looking at a large frame (not just...
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Neutral Density Filters

December 29, 2019 - I have heard many digital photographers say that they do not use filter because they do everything in post processing. E...
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Dealing with crowds at iconic locations

September 15, 2019 - Have you ever been to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands (other than in winter)? What about Oxbow Bend in Grand Tetons National Pa...
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Destination Wedding Photography

September 08, 2019 - You are asked to photograph a destination wedding. How is destination wedding photography different from "normal" weddin...
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Shooting the action

August 25, 2019 - Wildlife photography requires patience and persistence. You might drive for an hour or so without even seeing any animal...
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Color gradation

July 28, 2019 - Smooth color gradation is one of the most tricky tasks for your camera's sensor. This is one area that can be used to de...
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Know when to stay after sunset

July 21, 2019 - How can we know when to stay after sunset? Is it possible to know some time before sunset that the period after sunset i...
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Lower your angle

June 30, 2019 - Shoot from below! Most photographers plonk their tripods down and shoot at eye level. Tripods are one of very few tools...
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Depth from above

June 23, 2019 - Photographers use many elements and techniques to create depth in an image such as: Paths or roads Tracks Placeme...
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The sun

June 09, 2019 - The sun plays a major role in just about all landscape images (except for night photography). It is the primary source o...
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Isolate, Isolate

June 02, 2019 - Sometimes there is just too much in the scene to include it all. You have heard me say that painters start with nothing...
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Mystery

May 26, 2019 - Ghost towns are often filled with mystery. It is our job to find the most mysterious scene and make it even more mysteri...
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Contrasting Objects

May 19, 2019 - From time to time you come across contrasting object that just evoke questions. At other times this juxtaposition can be...
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The Orton Effect

May 12, 2019 - The Orton effect introduces blur and glow. It can add some mystery and even mood. It can soften the scene. While I am no...
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Indoor Sunstars

May 05, 2019 - I entered a room at Kolmanskop and liked the scene, but something was mission. I need to add some drama, some color, som...
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Indoor direct light

April 28, 2019 - Mixing direct sunlight with indoor shadows can be difficult. The direct sunlight can be very bright while the shadows ca...
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Kolmanskop, Namibia

April 14, 2019 - Ghost towns can be very interesting to photograph and to explore. Kolmanskop is a ghost town near Luderitz in Namibia. W...
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Get close

April 07, 2019 - I am a big fan of getting close to things to enlarge them and to give them importance in the scene. The object you get c...
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Foreground Lines

March 31, 2019 - I have said this many times but it remains important. Foregrounds can often make landscape photographs. An interesting f...
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Photographing Arches

March 17, 2019 - Rock arches almost always seem to be candidates for good imagery. They almost represent victory, they stood standing. Th...
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Balance and weight

March 10, 2019 - Visual object carry weight. The darker the they are the more visual weight the represent. The larger they are the heavie...
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Reset the Sun

March 03, 2019 - At our Namibian photography workshop (2018) we were shooting a sunset. I got some very nice images. However, all good th...
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Movement and life

February 17, 2019 - Movement and life add a lot of interest to landscape imagery. While in the desert in Namibia photographing I took this i...
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The human element in landscapes

February 10, 2019 - I shoot for a major photo stock agency. My agency will not sell an image with a person in it without me having and suppl...
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Curved lines

February 03, 2019 - Some images are static while others are dynamic. Great compositional tools to help us make more dynamic images are curve...
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Shutter Speeds and Landscapes

January 27, 2019 - For a lot of landscape photography the shutter speed plays second fiddle because depth of field tends to be more importa...
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Using Shadows

January 13, 2019 - I am still writing about the desert this week. This is a harsh place and I attempt my best to capture and show that feel...
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Flare

January 06, 2019 - I generally hate flare. To remove flare (which content aware cannot fix) you can create a new layer and set the blend mo...
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Simplicity with wonder

December 16, 2018 - Sossusvlei is one of the most photographed landscape hotspots in Southern Africa. This place is the home of some of the...
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Slot Canyons

December 09, 2018 - Slot canyons make wonderful photographs. Those near Page, Arizona, particularly Upper and Lower canyons, are almost usel...
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Putting it all together

December 02, 2018 - I visited Page, Arizona recently and as you can expect I did a lot of photography. There were masses of people. I counte...
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Vertical panorama photography

November 25, 2018 - Most panorama landscape photographs are horizontal panoramas. We typically turn the camera vertically and then shoot a s...
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Post-Processing

November 04, 2018 - Let's face it if you want to be a good photographer you have to be a good post-processor. This does not mean that you ha...
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Character and composition

October 07, 2018 - When you visit a scene that is a photographic icon you don't want to just get the image that everybody gets. Hopefully,...
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Sun Star Position

September 23, 2018 - So who does not like a nice sun star image? Sun star images are popular for a reason; they are stunning. The quality of...
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Contrast and balance

August 19, 2018 - When photographers speak of contrast they typically refer to light and dark values. However, at times we like to contras...
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Add interest to wildlife

April 22, 2018 - Animals can make great imagery. Just like in landscape images you also require good light. The good news is that wild an...
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Capture Mood

April 15, 2018 - Sometimes we just think of the beautiful. We see that wonderful sunset, the vibrant colors. When we are in this frame of...
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Add life to the dead

April 08, 2018 - Kolmanskop in Namibia is a fascinating place. In fact, Namibia is a fascinating country. If you would like to take a pho...
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Using light to invite

April 01, 2018 - In landscape photography we always want to invite the viewer to come into our images. That is why I write so much about...
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Sun stars

February 04, 2018 - Sun stars appear when the sun is just exposed behind a hard edge and you use a small f stop. Sun stars are strong compos...
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Milky-way photography

January 07, 2018 - Night photography is not my bread and butter. It just seems like a one trick pony. All star photography images tend to l...
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Water flow and depth

December 24, 2017 - My wife is not a big fan of flowing water in images. She prefers faster shutter speeds that freezes the water more. I ju...
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Low angles

November 12, 2017 - You have heard me say that too often we shoot at eye level when shooting from a lower angle may be better. I have said t...
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Animal photography

October 29, 2017 - Animals can be well camouflaged; their survival depend on it. That makes them difficult to spot. Now that you have spott...
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Birds in flight

October 15, 2017 - Any photographer experienced in bird in flight photography will tell you that it is very tricky. Birds can move very fas...
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Sand dunes

October 01, 2017 - Sand dunes are fascinating and they can be very photogenic. How do we bring the best out in them? Here are some tricks...
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Elevation

March 12, 2017 - Most people walk out to a scene and plonk their tripods down when they have selected a spot to shoot from. They then set...
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Birds in Flight

June 21, 2015 - Birds in flight are more interesting than static birds sitting on a perch (although I also enjoy those). The choice of g...
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Airshows Part II

June 14, 2015 - If you have not read last week's blog please do so before you read this week's blog. With that said and you planning to...
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Airshows ...

June 07, 2015 - Airshows provide a nice photo op. Take a long lens for in-flight shots. Take shorter lenses for parked planes. What are...
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Train your companions

February 02, 2014 - Train your companions When shooting animals on safari you cannot use a tripod. There are some gear you can fasten to th...
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