Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Park Photography: The Best Places To Visit

If you’re into park photography, then you know the best places to visit are America’s national parks. These places are dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the country.  Here’s a list of national parks that you ought to visit.
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is less popular than Zion and the Grand Canyon, and that’s a good thing. The place won’t be that crowded, plus, there are geological similarities to Grand Canyon. The park is located in southwest Utah.

Sagarmatha National Park

This park is known for Mt. Everest. But this park has more to offer.  Sagarmatha has a designation as an Important Bird Area. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph diverse kinds of bird species. Be warned though, the terrain is not easy to trek. So if you’re not used to hiking rugged places, then this might not be for you.

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Serengeti National Park 

This park is perfect for wildlife photography. This place is heavily protected due to its wide range of wildlife. It’s also worth mentioning that no humans are allowed to live there, meaning the place is 100 percent home to wildlife.

Hi I’m Keith W. Springer. I used to be a professional photographer, but now I’m retired. Get more tips from me when you visit my blog.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Transitioning From Classical Photography To The DSLR Era

The pain of adjustment is real and much felt for the traditional photographer who has been schooled in film. When it comes to the digital era, most people often say that things are made much easier. For sure, there are pros and cons to each mode of the craft that we are equally passionate about. It is still, however, a challenging process to transition.

The trigger mentality takes a little getting used to. Back in the day, the typical mode of operation was to take ample time to capture an image, with one’s best effort in making use of whatever available light there is reflected by the image, with no more than a few tools that are relatively crude compared to today’s DSLR technology.

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Nowadays, the mode of operation is much simpler. One only has to shoot, re-check the screen, and shoot again. Thanks to the memory card, a photographer no longer has to memorize which shots are good enough.

A classical photographer who is oriented in a different manner may have to deal with the compulsion to see how the shot comes out in print, even when he is already using a DSLR to take his shots. Until such time that he does not see the final output, he has to deal with a certain amount of nagging doubt. By all means, this is irrational, but it exists nonetheless.

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The experience of transitioning from film to digital varies from one photographer to another. For a few, there is still a learning curve that needs to be dealt with.

Keith W. Springer is a retired event photographer from Brooklyn, New York. As photographers never really retire, Keith enjoys discovering Photoshop and Instagram to keep up with the trends. For more interesting details on photography, read this blog.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Shooting In The Snow? Here Are Some Tips

Winter won’t seem to leave New York. It’s probably the longest season, and every year, New Yorkers battle the cold for three to five months. While coping with the cold can be tiring for many, the season can be a great opportunity to take photos outdoors. If you’re new to photography and want to try shooting in the snow, here are some tips for you.

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Create a sense of darkness and menace by capturing images at night

While snow brings good memories like riding the sleigh or building a snowman, it can also have a dark counterpart. Tree branches, snowflakes, and streetlights can look like something else when taking photos at night. That’s because when the light goes down, the contrast between the environment and the white snow is emphasized. It will certainly be a different take on how people perceive snow.

Use a white vignette for your images

What’s a vignette for? Its purpose is to keep your audience’s eyes glued to the focus of the image. Because winter means a lot of whites and grays, using a traditional black vignette won’t complement the picture. White vignettes add quality to the image, as it can enhance the colors of the frame.

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Turn on HDR

Not a lot of photo enthusiasts use the HDR, but it actually adds texture, shadows, and feel to the picture’s quality—especially in black and white scenes.

I’m Keith W. Springer, a retired photographer living in New York City. Visit this blog for more on event and outdoor photography .