Week 1 – Maximize the Light.

It’s time to kick off my new photo course with tip number 1: Maximize the Light. I hope you’ll follow this course through to the end ten weeks from now, but if you take one thing away from my tips, it’s that you need to shoot your subject in the right light. If you do everything else right when taking a photo, but the light isn’t right for your subject, the best you’ll end up with is an average photo (and it will probably be worse than average!) In the video, I describe the differences between “golden hour” light, mid-day light, and diffuse, overcast light. If you’re new to outdoor photography, you might not necessarily notice the difference when you’re out shooting, but now that I’m explaining the differences to you, it’s your job to take the time to learn to see subtle differences in light and then apply what you learn to making photos. Continue Reading

Welcome to MonkmanPhoto.com.

Today I am excited to launch this new website devoted to sharing outdoor photograph tips with all of you who love exploring nature and having adventures with your cameras. While we’re just getting started, I feel that there are already some great tips to watch and read through and I hope you find it a place you visit often to learn, see some great images, and share your own work. Continue Reading

Outdoor Photo Tips from Acadia National Park

In February I’ll be launching a new series of photo tips based on my book The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography. I’m planning it to be a ten week free, on-line course where you’ll get assignments and be able to upload photos for critiques. In the meantime, you can take a look at this video where I describe three tips for improving your outdoor photography. Enjoy!

Dawn in Monument Cove in Maine's Acadia National Park.

Rainy Day Photo Tips

Many people keep their cameras in the bag when the weather turns bad, but that’s a mistake. Stormy weather often results in dramatic photographs, and the diffuse light of misty and drizzly days is ideal for shooting forest and waterfall scenes. In this video, I describe the techniques and gear I use when shooting in the rain. By the way, many of these ideas work well in winter too.

Rainshowers in the distance as seen from Long Beach in Stratford, Connecticut.  Adjacent to the Great Meadows Unit of McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

Rainshowers in the distance as seen from Long Beach in Stratford, Connecticut. Adjacent to the Great Meadows Unit of McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

Kayaking Photography Tips

Here’s a video tip I made last summer about how to keep gear safe while shooting from a kayak. If you’re comfortable paddling in a kayak, but uncomfortable taking your camera out, hopefully this will inspire you to try shooting from the great low-angle perspective you get while paddling.

Paddling Mud Pond in Granby, Vermont.  Nurse Mountain is in the distance.  Northeast Kingdom.

Paddling Mud Pond in Granby, Vermont. Nurse Mountain is in the distance. Northeast Kingdom.