Posts tagged “bird photograaphy

My Book on Nature Photography and a Female Cardinal (Three Photographs)

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I am pleased to announce that my e-book Nature Photography – Making Photographs with Impact is now available at the Blurb Bookstore.  It differs from most other photography books as it gets to the point without engaging in history, science or math. Even if you are not interested in nature photography, you will find useful pointers on flash photography, macro, cropping and composition. Photographers will find something of interest in every chapter simply because many fundamental areas of photography that need to be covered also apply to other forms of photography. It’s reasonably priced for a book that covers a great deal of ground in 96 pages and 86 photographs ($7.99).

My first book What Did You Expect? Dogs Playing Poker is also for sale. See the links on this blog (upper right corner).

Female cardinals are usually very shy and hard to find. This one had found a treasure trove of food on the trail and was not giving up her spot. Standing still reassured her I had no intention of harming her.

Wood Ducks (Two Photographs)

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In my view, somethings look better in black and white, even when colour is a fundamental element of their make-up. This is a case in point, the colour version is not as dramatic as the black and white.

Rules 2 (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes the rules work fine; rule of thirds, subject in focus, nice background  with contrast, and natural detail. The reality is I don’t count on things always going my way, my being able to do the “right thing every time. What I count on is finding subjects and circumstances I can make interesting.

A Gull and and an Eleventh Article on Exposure (Two Photographs)

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The lighting on this gull, the rock and water was just perfect and in post-processing I preserved that light and contrast so very little has been done to either shot besides de-noising and sharpening.

Processing. Not everything can be fixed in processing. When you get blown out bits that go full white there is no possibility of recovering the data/detail. Shooting Raw preserves the ability to edit the white balance and I believe it also makes editing easier in general (less chance of banding etc.). Most software packages have an ability to modify exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, blacks and whites. Exposure is the harshest of the tools and needs to be used carefully, it is almost always accompanied by a contrast adjustment. Decreasing highlights may be useful for increasing detail in skies and textures. Shadows does just what it says, affects the shadows (watch for noise), Working with blacks and whites are mostly adjusting the left and right of the histogram (deep shadows and extreme highlights). Some people like a pure black in their shots and leave the blacks where they fall. These adjustments allow you to adjust exposure after the fact. Depending on the camera style/mode you chose for your camera e.g. landscape, vivid, etc. this will also affect the exposure but you can change the style in most programs like Lightroom (final panel calibration.) I shoot Nikon flat for example, and sometimes convert it to Adobe Standard when I get to Lightroom. Finally in many software processing programs like Photoshop we have tools like hue saturation and luminosity, tone curves and level adjustments that allow for changes in luminosity and the brightening or darkening of specific colours and tones. These post processing tools are primarily meant to fix what did not come out as promised in camera and often simple tweaks may improve the quality of your photo, all of them affect exposure. Our best efforts to get the best quality out of camera often require these tweaks. I do it on most photos and I do not consider it a failing to do so.