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 »
I went to the High Uintas in Utah (north of Vernal) to watch the Perseid meteor shower. The moon rose an hour after sunset so I thought I might have a chance before its brilliant light washed out the visibility. I did several hours’ worth of time lapse photographs to capture any that might streak by. Zip. Nada. I did catch a satellite though.
See the stars move through the sky – 50 minutes in 22 seconds
Dusk settles on Spirit Lake, the stars appear, then the moonlight tints the lake and trees onshore.
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