.. Do it… how?

If you are just starting out, I will set out a below a few hints to get you started..  the image here is an example of what is below.

  • Light – Expose for the highlights or the shadow.
    The following is a simplistic example of the amount of light we humans can see and what a camera can see.  I refer to the difference between light and dark in a scene.  We humans can see far more than a camera.  We have to decide what is important in the image and expose for that.

    We humans see….

    On a Sunny Day..
    DARK……………………………………………………………………………………………………..LIGHT
    On a cloudy Day
    DARK…………………………………………..LIGHT
    What a camera sees….
    DARK…………………………………………..LIGHT
  • Light – it is our Paintbrush
    In nature photography we have no control over the light in the photo.  Nature is its own master.  So, timing is everything.  Try – Pre Dawn to 10am and 3pm to Early Evening.  You will be more likely get more interesting photos if you do.  Also, a cloudy day can be a good day – because there are no dark shadows.  If fact, with nature photography you have to think not only of what time in the day, but also what time of the year.  Then we have to position ourselves to make use of the light.  See the page “Do it.. here” and the section on Torres del Paine for an example of what I mean.
  • The Camera – Learn how it sees
    We humans see in three dimensions and subconsciously focus on what interests us.  A camera sees in two dimensions and sees everything equally.  EG. Close one eye and look at nothing in particular and that is what the camera will see.  Try it.  Once you understand this you will be better able to arrange the content of the image.  Be a good tradesman and learn how to use your tool.
  • Photograph – What…and… What not to Photograph?
    Sounds odd?  Once you decide what you want included in the photo and what you want excluded you start MAKING your photos.  Take control of what is included in the image.  (A little secret is to feature what you want to by getting in close and moving around to exclude what would distract you).

I could go on forever… what you have to do is start doing it…

The Three Sisters a few minutes before the sun dropped below the horizon

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One thought on “.. Do it… how?

  1. This image I took just before sunset. I walked down to the lookout, with the 100-400 on the camera, set the IS, click, check the histogram and view screen, adjust – click, check again – click, one for good luck, and walked away. There were two other photographers, with tripods etc, giving me a funny look as I drove away… 🙂

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