Tips To Photograph The Moon

Tips To Photograph The Moon Photographing the moon tends to challenge and confuse beginner photographers. What happens? Images are often overexposed, revealing nothing more than a bright white blob in the sky. Why is the moon hard to photograph? Many beginner photographers start by taking pictures at night, and this creates opposite effects in a sense. What does that mean? If you think of the moon as a big bright light, it’s surrounded by the night sky. Do not let the darkness of the night fool you. Remember that your subject is the moon, and it’s bright. Therefore, the camera,...

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What is ISO in Photography?

What is ISO in Photography? What is ISO in photography? A simple and easy way to remember what ISO in photography does for you is to think of it as if you have a¬†flashlight for your camera. In a non-technical sense, when you adjust your ISO setting, you either increase or decrease the amount of light reaching your (digital) sensor. When do you adjust your ISO? Increasing your ISO helps in low-light situations, when a flash is inappropriate, or where you need help beyond your desired aperture and shutter speed settings, for example. Let’s pretend you are on vacation and a photo opportunity...

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What is Aperture?

What is aperture? Aperture is the amount of light being admitted through the lens as you capture your subject. How can you tell how much light that is? In the example image, the aperture, also known as the f-stop, is the number 4.5 (F4.5). Adjusting the aperture allows you to get creative. Think of a crisp, focused image (foreground and background), compared to a focused foreground subject but with a blurred-out background. Using an aperture of f/4.5 compared to f/16 helps create the blurred background effect. Dialing in f/16 gives you more of the postcard type creation. What is going on? Your...

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What Does Shutter Speed Control?

What does shutter speed control? Shutter speed controls the amount of time your camera takes to capture your subject, or in other words, to take the picture.  How can you tell how long that is? In the example image, my shutter speed is revealed by the number 90. Ninety by itself may not appear to give you enough information; instead, consider it a fraction. Therefore, the shutter speed is actually 1/90 of a second. Depending on the camera model you have, your shutter speed may already display as a fraction. If you were to compare a crisp action sports photo to a feathery-looking waterfall,...

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The Human Element in Landscape Photography

The Human Element in Landscape Photography In my early days of photography, I adamantly resisted the idea of adding the human element in landscape photography. The fact I learned about this from professional photographers did not sway me. Eventually, I began to change my perspective, deciding to experiment and be open to wherever it took me. My first experiments. In two of the three examples, would you agree there is a human element of some kind with the feet and a bench? The human element does not necessarily need to be big and bold, although it can be. Something as simple as what I included...

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Hoar Frost

Hoar Frost As photographers, one of the challenges is whether we will stop long enough to take photographs. Of course, we plan to and assure ourselves that we will, but sometimes we say to ourselves, “next time.” Have you noticed how next time does not wait for us? The situation varies, the lighting changes, it is inconvenient, what will people think, and those precious moments slip past the camera tucked away in the bag, making us a wee bit nostalgic. That almost happened with these hoar frost images on the kitchen window. The reason it did not is that I decided to act instead...

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Mule Deer Fawns

Mule Deer Fawns I barely believed my luck when this scene unfolded in plain view! What a vacation, relaxing, breathing fresh mountain air surrounded by nature and wildlife. Camping offers many benefits, and two of my favourites are enjoying wildlife in their natural surroundings and taking photos. Mule deer frequented this area, and what a joy to watch the adults going about their day. Aware of calving season, this always meant being on the lookout, staying a respectful distance away as both visitors and wildlife share the park. On this day, I wasn’t thinking about a photo opportunity....

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Shutter Speed for Slow Motion

Shutter Speed for Slow Motion Nature is stunning in Jasper National Park, and the drive towards the Columbia Icefields from Jasper is exceptional for photography. The landforms and history of the region have always intrigued me. My attraction to Tangle Creek Falls began a few years before when I took the time to play by the waterfall with my camera. While reading the book A Hunter of Peace recounting Mary Schaffer’s expedition to Maligne Lake in 1911, I was captivated. Her journey on horseback covered many miles, including emerging from the dense forest at Tangle Creek Falls. Moving water...

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Wasp and the Grape

The Wasp & the Grape “Shoo, get away, lookout, a wasp, is buzzing around!” In the flash of a second, I transformed from peacefully soaking up the summer rays of sunshine to the frenzy of scrambling out of my chair as a wasp dive-bombed my delicious snack of grapes. Dashing to the safety of my house, I slammed the door shut, and at that moment, a flash of insight hit me. “Use the opportunity for a photo-shoot; the wasp is after the grape, not me.” Hmmm, okay! I wasn’t about to charge out there and agitate the wasp, so I came up with a plan. As with all photography,...

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