I shoot a lot of pictures of nature and my children. While nature shots are great to compose and take your time getting the perfect shot, children are unpredictable.
This unpredictability, that is, letting children be themselves, has yielded some great images.
My suggestion, bring them somewhere they can explore and be curious. These actions can lead to some great, unexpected shots.
Recently, I took a series of images of one of my daughters exploring a beach in Cape Cod. It was late afternoon and winds were gusting about 20 mph. The sun was saturating the ocean creating a silhouette of my daughter against the ocean. The wind blew her hear straight up creating a really interesting shot.
This image is currently in que for review and hope to have it on the site soon.
In many cases, being in the right place at the right time means capturing a great image to missing out. It also means you need to have your camera with you more than not.
This image was taken on a walk around White Memorial in Litchfield Connecticut.
Many times i will walk around and not take any pictures but in this case the timing was perfect. I caught the two Kayakers mid stroke as they are navigating around this river through a wetlands. As it turns out there were two additional people in the upper right hand corner of the image walking on the boardwalk around the wetland.
My words advice, have your camera handy, take pictures that tell a story or invoke an emotional response in you. It's very likely that this will translate well to others.
This image was taken in my backyard. While normally the background would have been green and brown. I have a black cloth that I keep with my camera gear to set the image in the foreground and cause it to pop off of the background.
In this case the black really made the subject pop. If it was taken off of the natural greens and browns it would have been a mediocre image.
You can go to Walmart and purchase some fabric (i.e. black, white or a color of your choosing) that can yield dramatically different results when it comes to your subjects in your photos. Select a fabric that is less likely to wrinkle and use a shallow depth of field to blur the background to avoid seeing any wrinkles.
One easy technique to capture great flower pictures is to plant them in your yard. This will allow you to photograph the flowers when they are budding, to blooming, to losing their luster at anytime during the day without ever having to leave your yard. Having the ability to take the pictures from dusk to dawn allows you to capture interesting native insects that may be hiding among the petals or feeding on the nectar.
All you have to do is walk outside and snap away. Heck, you can even take the pictures in your pajamas. Not only will you capture some great pictures, you have the added bonus of enjoying the pretty flowers in your backyard.
This image was taken on the side of my garage using a background i had to hide the siding.
One of the challenges I have with Macro photography especially in the backyard is wind. This is my Kryptonite. Patience is a virtue and if you wait you will be rewarded. However, the changing light limits how long you can wait and the quality of the images. If anyone has some creative suggestions to minimize the impact of wind, it would be greatly appreciated. thanks
I guess this question depends on what your are capturing. We do know that early morning and late afternoon can lead to some great images, especially for landscape pictures. Case in point this image was captured as the Fall sun was setting at a wildlife sanctuary in Connecticut.
Also, many people think that if it's not sunny out, we are not going to capture some great images. However, grey days can eliminate harsh shadows and the sunlight from impacting the color of our subjects. Using photo editing software to enhance colors can lead to a dramatic color contrast against a grey sky.
In some cases, sunlight can also lead to interesting effects or desired outcomes in the images we capture. One can think of the rays of sunlight penetrating through trees to illuminate a subject...
I think the most successful and beautiful images are at sunset.Sunset is the best light for shooting images:)If you have patience to photograph at sunset...,you don't even need any software to edit:)Is cool!:)
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