7 Tips for Photographing the Sky at Night

The night sky over Eagle Lake in Maine's Acadia National Park. Winter.

The night sky over Eagle Lake in Maine’s Acadia National Park. Winter.

I am more of a morning person than a night owl, so I’ve never been very motivated to get out and shoot the night sky, despite the beauty that can be found in night images. But I’ve been seeing so many stunning night sky images from other photographers the last few years, that I’ve been inspired to stay up late every once in a while recently to see what I can do. It’s actually not that hard technically to get some nice images of a star-filled sky, but there are a few things you need to know before heading out and filling up your memory card in the dark. Continue Reading

DSLR Video Tips

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been shooting video in addition to still photos for about 3 years now. I was always curious about shooting video, but I never wanted to invest in a second set of gear. Once Canon started building video capability into their digital SLR’s I decided to take the plunge because I could use all of my existing lenses, and I figured there wouldn’t be much of a learning to curve to shoot video with cameras that already felt familiar. Continue Reading

Seascape Photos – Quick Tips

Dawn on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Wallis Sands State Park, Rye, New Hampshire.

Dawn on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Wallis Sands State Park, Rye, New Hampshire.

Living on the New Hampshire Seacoast, I’m blessed with the opportunity to shoot seascapes pretty much anytime I feel like getting out of bed in the morning. With the weather warming up, I realize many of you will begin making trips to the coast for photography, so I thought I’d give you some quick tips to keep in mind while shooting our shorelines. Continue Reading

Some New Gear Comments (and a wicked cool look at the Tough Mudder)

Last weekend I took a little diversion from my usual nature and conservation-themed work to work on a video of an event called the Tough Mudder in Mount Snow, Vermont. Continue Reading

Editing DSLR Video in Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4 now lets you trim and edit DSLR video.

Lightroom 4 now lets you trim and edit DSLR video.

If you have yet to push that video button on your DSLR because you’re daunted by the task of editing all those video clips, you might want to give Lightroom 4 a go. Lightroom now lets you trim and make develop edits to video clips. While you can’t actually edit video in the Develop module, there is a way to make tonal and other changes, which I’ll outline below. Continue Reading

Finding Inspiration – Six Months of 0630

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Ascension, South Street Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

There comes a point in a photographer’s career when he or she understands enough of the technical aspects of the craft, that making pictures changes. It is no longer about understanding the concepts of things like depth of field or exposure, but instead it becomes about finding the inspiration that allows one to make interesting, important, and/or beautiful photos. Continue Reading

Making Panoramic Images

Fog in a field in Durham, New Hampshire.

Fog in a field in Durham, New Hampshire.

This week I worked on a project close to home (more about that shoot here,) and I was graced with the beautiful light and fog you see in the image above. I usually try to create at least one panaroma for most of my commissioned projects. By using the wide format, I am often better able to create a sense of wide open spaces. Continue Reading

Using Lines in the Landscape to Improve Your Photo Compositions.

Monument Cove and Otter Cliffs in Maine's Acadia National Park.

Monument Cove and Otter Cliffs in Maine's Acadia National Park. The curve of the shoreline in this photo adds a peaceful line that leads the viewer's eye to the cliffs.

Lines, real and implied are an important component in any photo’s composition. Lines can be straight (horizontal, vertical, or at an oblique angle,) or curved. All lines work to divide your image into distinct parts, so you need to study your compositions carefully to see how these divisions work. Do they cut an image in half, creating a static feel, or do they divide the image into unequal parts which can provide an asymmetrical balance and more dynamic feel? Continue Reading

Soft Proofing Your Images in Lightroom 4.

 

Making fine art prints in Lightroom was always possible, but it just got a lot easier with the introduction of the soft proofing feature in Lightroom 4. Soft proofing simulates how your image will look on the printer/paper combination you are using with your print. Continue Reading

Developing Efficiencies in Lightroom’s Develop Module

Synchronizing develop settings in Lightroom.

I find that one of the big reasons photographers do not want to shoot in RAW mode is that they fear spending too much time on the computer. One of the great things about Adobe Lightroom is that it gives you several ways to be very efficient in managing your digital photo archive. One part of Lightroom that all photographers should master is the develop module.  While most shooters love the ability to easily make tone and color corrections to their images in this module, the ability to create develop presets and to apply changes to many images at once make “developing” in Lightroom one of the biggest time savers that digital photographers have in their arsenals.  And in my opinion, the less time I spend on the computer, the better. Continue Reading