Simple Tips to Better Photography

August 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm (Bird photography, Black-and-White Photography, Colorado, Colorado birds, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, Infrared Photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Time-lapse, Video, Wildflowers, Wildlife) (, , , )

Sunset at Mid-Hills campground

Visual Poetry

When I was an interpretive park ranger at Dinosaur National Monument last summer, I created a photography program to give amateur photographers ideas on how to improve their vacation photos.  The “Simple Tips to Better Photography” was a non-technical tutorial on the art of seeing. With today’s do-it-all-for-you digital cameras, most of the technical stuff is already done by the camera, and often done quite well.

But what snapshooters need to learn most is what I call visual poetry.  They need to learn how to make a compelling photograph.  Too many people don’t use their telephoto lenses to their best advantage, and that is one of the most important tools they have to capture the compelling part of the photograph.

Although this presentation is focused on landscape and nature photography, the same can be said about photographing people.

I began my presentation with a discussion about visual poetry, adapted for general audiences: Read the rest of this entry »

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Infrared – Cub Creek Road

May 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm (Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, Infrared Photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , , )

Split Mountain, Cub Creek Road, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Split Mountain, Cub Creek Road, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Continuing my fascination with infrared imagery – I bring you the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument. Read the rest of this entry »

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Infrared!

May 21, 2014 at 8:37 am (Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, Infrared Photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

Cottonwoods along the Green River

Cottonwoods along the Green River

While traveling to my new home at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, I was enamored with the beautiful Midwestern skies with their puffs of white floating on a sea of cerulean.  Those skies lend themselves well to landscape photography, but I’ve been carrying around an infrared filter from my film days and got a hankering to use it.  Those images will be in another post.  Today I’m showing you my most recent images at Dinosaur National Monument. Read the rest of this entry »

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