Subscribe To Magazines

Magazines on photography and natural history can be enormously useful so it is worthwhile to subscribe to at least a few of them. Since magazines are published monthly or quarterly, they are able to report timely information regarding recent advances in photography. While field techniques change slowly for nature photography, equipment choices change rapidly. The latest information about new cameras, lenses, tripods, printers, and software quickly appears in magazines. In addition to up-to-date...

Color Of Light

The color of light is determined by its wavelength. In college physics, I met Roy G. Biv who isn't a person, but rather a way to memorize the sequence of visible colors in the light. If you take the first letter of each color in the series of colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, you generate the mnemonic device Roy G. Biv. Red light has the longest wavelength of the colors listed here and the wavelengths get progressively shorter as you proceed to violet. Short...

Equivalent exposure reciprocity

F-numbers and shutter speeds work together to properly expose images. This is called the Law of Reciprocity. Suppose you are photographing a gorgeous mountain landscape. The camera is set on aperture priority and indicates proper exposure is 1 125 second at f 8. Since the landscape has a near foreground and distant background, depth of field is needed to get Stopping down to f 22 is necessary here to keep both the arch in the near foreground, the Alabama Hills, and the Sierra Nevada Mountain...

Always Strive To Improve

Avoid falling into the trap where you think you know everything there is to know because you'll stop trying to learn. It is impossible to know everything about Mules-ear Wyenthia grows on dry slopes in late June around our home. This group of two blossoms and a bud makes a pleasing triangle. photography. You can always learn more and improve your photographs. Every excellent nature photographer constantly strives to improve their skills and knowledge about photography. There are two major ways...

Long Macro Lens Pros And Cons

Macro lenses are widely available in three common focal lengths. You may find macro lenses for your system in the 50 mm, 100 mm, and 200 mm range. The exact focal length may not precisely match these numbers, but they should be close. For instance, the Nikon intermediate macro is a 105 mm lens while the long Canon macro is 180 mm in focal length. Longer macros are more expensive and weigh more than shorter focal length macros so these factors need to be considered. However, if money isn't a...

Recommended Tripod Features

1 Sturdy enough to support the largest lens you own 2 The legs must spread straight out so the camera can be supported close to the ground 3 The centerpost should be short 4 The legs locks must be easy to use and work smoothly 5 Fresh water should not damage the legs 6 When the legs are fully extended, you should be able to peer through the cameras vlewflnder without stooping over Your tripod should be sturdy so it needs to have some weight to support heavy lenses and camera bodies. Many good...

Exposure Compensation

Using automatic exposure is a proven way to effectively take many wonderful images. Since you know meters have problems with subject reflectance, it is necessary to learn to compensate the exposure. You'll find that at least half the time you need some exposure compensation to get the very best exposure. Fortunately, exposure compensation is easy to do, especially when you have the histogram and highlight alert to guide you. Exposure compensation is most likely necessary anytime you photograph...

Digital Nature Photography The Art and the Science

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