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How to Photograph a Tree’s Leaves and Bark up Close

How to Photograph a Tree’s Leaves and Bark up Close

If you’re like most other photographers, you almost certainly have some trees in your portfolio. You are drawn to them because they have great natural beauty and interesting shapes. They’re colorful, too. During the summer their leaves are a brilliant green, and in the autumn they turn spectacular shades of red, orange and yellow. In the springtime some of them will bear flowers. But many of us don’t ever go beyond stepping back and taking a photo of the tree in its entirety. After all, trees can be huge and imposing, and it seems natural to try and capture the whole impressive thing in a single image. But the really cool thing about trees is that they are more than just the sum of their parts.
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Take Great Photos (in any weather)

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Take Great Photos (in any weather)

What do you do when it’s raining outside? How about when it’s snowing, or when the wind is fierce or the air is cold. Do you sit inside in front of the fireplace and dream of the day when you can get back out there with your camera and capture some wonderful fair-weather photos? Then I have to say, you are missing out. Because you can get awesome photos at any time, no matter what the weather. Here’s how.
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How to Photograph Fall Colors

How to Photograph Fall Colors

Ask just about anyone what the best part of autumn is, and I’ll bet you’ll get this reply: it’s the color.

Autumn rivals spring as the most brilliant time of the year, when color is everywhere and inspiration can be found in something as simple as a fallen leaf. With so much beautiful fall foliage all around you, it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of “these photos will just take themselves,” but don’t. There are some great ways to bring out the best in those beautiful fall colors, and here are a few tips on how to do that.
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How to Shoot Into The Sun (On Purpose)

How to Shoot Into The Sun (On Purpose)

If you get lens flare in your photo, then that’s a ruined photo. Good photos never have anomalies in them – motion blur, high contrast, lens flare – these are all errors. Lens manufacturers actually go out of their way to build equipment that doesn’t cause lens flare. So it follows that lens flare is bad, right?
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How to Photograph Trees

How to Photograph Trees

Just about everyone loves trees. For many photographers, though, trees are sort of an incidental part of their photos. Landscape photographers include them in those big, sweeping landscapes, but they are supporting characters, not main players. If you’ve never really considered shooting trees for their own sake, it’s time to rethink the way you see them.
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How to Photograph Farms and Farm Life

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How to Photograph Farms and Farm Life

Over the past decade or so, there has been a bit of a revival when it comes to the food we eat. It used to be that the average person got all of his food from a grocery store. People in the 50s and 60s loved their prepackaged convenience foods, and saw no reason to step outside of that comfort zone. Today, we are a little more cognizant of our food and where it comes from. Have you heard the expression “farm to table?” The word “store” doesn’t appear in that phrase at all, and that’s because the best food generally cuts out the middleman. So what does that mean for photographers?
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Tips for Scouting Locations… and Actually Using Them

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Tips for Scouting Locations… and Actually Using Them

Are you getting bored with your ‘go to’ locations? Let me guess, you’ve explored every nook and cranny, found all the hidden spots and stellar backgrounds. If you aren’t there yet there will come a day when you flip through your portfolio and realize you’ve over-utilized those favorite locations. If you’re there already, you are due for some location scouting and if you haven’t, well, a little forethought never hurt anyone. Here are some things I’ve found help me find and remember stunning locations.
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Taking Beautiful Tree Photographs

Taking Beautiful Tree Photographs

Trees are one of those subjects in nature that change with the seasons and time of day, providing endless opportunities for fresh compositions. Trees have layers of texture and color that make them ideal for photographs. You can go wide to capture the big picture or get up close to focus on the fine details. Trees don’t move so they must be easy to photograph, right? Well, not quite. It turns out trees often look flat and boring when photographed. If you want to really capture the essence and beauty of trees you need to also be aware of lighting and composition. Read on to see some beautiful tree photos and take note of what works in the images.
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Photographing that Winter Wonderland

Photographing that Winter Wonderland

I know, the weather outside is frightful. And the fire… well, please don’t be tempted to sit there in front of it. Yes it’s true, fire can be a lovely and challenging photographic subject, but there’s only so many pictures you can take of that one log burning down under your mantle. You’re out of excuses! It’s time to put on that warm winter jacket, a good pair of fingerless gloves and your snow boots. It’s time to pack up your camera and take some pictures of all that lovely snow.
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How To Photograph a Rainbow

How To Photograph a Rainbow

So you’re driving home from work one day, and your DSLR is sitting in the passenger seat next to you. It just stopped raining and the light is amazing – so amazing that you’re tempted to pull over and take a photograph. Then you see it: a real reason to stop and take a photo. A rainbow has appeared in a nearby field, just between a red barn and a couple of cows. You stop your car and lift the camera, but for some reason the rainbow looks faint – almost non-existent – in your viewfinder. You snap the photo anyway, but the rainbow looks faint on the image, too. You look up – the rainbow still looks as brilliant as it did before, but for some reason it’s avoiding your camera. What did you do wrong?
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Capturing Compelling Forest Photos

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Capturing Compelling Forest Photos

Line is one of those compositional elements that can really make a photograph. That’s why it’s one of the six classic design elements – line can create emotion and a sense of depth. It can be the difference between a good photo and a great one.

That’s why a well-composed shot of a forest is almost always going to be a great photo. There are lines everywhere in a forest, particularly vertical lines. Vertical lines convey as sense of power and strength. They can give your viewer a sense of spirituality, majesty, wonder and infinite height. If you’re looking for a subject that can convey emotion even without the presence of human beings, this is the one.
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Tips for Summer Photos

Tips for Summer Photos

Summer is fast approaching – in the northern hemisphere, anyway, and if that’s the half of the world where you reside you might benefit from some summer photography tips. (If not, then photographing winter landscapes might be more your thing.)

To photographers, summer is first and foremost a time of sun. Sun of course means bright, which of course means difficult lighting. You can get some great photos even in the middlish hours of the day, but you will need to keep a few things in mind. Here’s a short list to get you started.
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7 Tips for How to Take Close Up Photos of Nature

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7 Tips for How to Take Close Up Photos of Nature

Considering the billions of photographs out there, few of them have the tendency to stop us in our tracks and to really observe them the way close up nature photos do. There’s something compelling about the details in a micro world that isn’t always visible to the eye. There’s something awe inspiring about seeing a landscape image… the big view. But with macro photography, it’s as though we have zoomed in with a microscope or magnifying glass on a landscape photo to view the finite details.

Nature calendars are top sellers each year because of their inherent beauty that draws us in to a world that allows us to escape our own. From roaring oceans to rambling brooks to flower laden meadows nature inspires us to not only photograph it, but to observe it. As photographers, we’re lucky to find ourselves out there amongst the trees and fields and rivers finding something, almost anything, that captures our eye and lens.

This draw to nature doesn’t mean that it comes easy to photograph. It can be quite simple at times, but there are still tips worth noting, and that’s what I’m about to provide you with.
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Shooting in the Snow

Shooting in the Snow

There’s nothing like a snowy day to inspire your inner photographer. Snow-capped peaks, the sunlight reflecting off ice crystals, kids throwing snowballs at each other – almost everything about the snow begs for photographs. But wait! You can’t just grab your camera and start shooting. Snow creates tricky conditions for photography, and if your photos are going to adequately capture the natural beauty and winter fun of the day, you need to be armed with more than just your camera and a pair of fingerless gloves.
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Mother Nature: Photographer’s Friend or Foe?

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Mother Nature: Photographer’s Friend or Foe?

How many times have you planned a photo shoot only to put your camera back down because the weather wasn’t conducive? Fear of rain drops pelting your camera, being struck by lightning, thundering waves, climbing snow-mound obstacles, or dodging puddles in the streets. They’re all excuses for skipping out on a photo shoot. But, are they good reasons? Simply put… no! Amazing photos have come out of some of the most Mother Nature deterred photo shoots. It all comes down to a bit of common sense and being prepared.
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