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

Monkman_camera_001

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

Waterfall Photo Tips

I was in the White Mountains last week, and while here is still snow on a lot of the trails, the streams have warmed up, the water is flowing, and waterfalls are at full strength. I put together this video to share the techniques I use when making my waterfall photos. Let me know if you find it helpful.

On another note, I’m embarking on ambitious film project next week called The Power of Place. Please take a look at what I have planned, and if you like it, pledge to my Kickstarter campaign by May 16th to help make it possible. Thanks!

-Jerry

Photo Critique – Harpswell Town Landing by Steve Beckwith

Harpswell Maine by Steve Beckwith

Harpswell Maine by Steve Beckwith

Today I am critiquing Steve Beckwith’s photo of the Harpswell, Maine town landing. What immediately struck me in this image is how the gloomy, violent look to the sky is in stark contrast to the calm, placid waters of the harbor. 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

Photo Critique – Monterey Sunset by Raga Swamisai

Monterey Sunset by Raga Swamisai

Monterey Sunset by Raga Swamisai

For this month’s critique, I chose a photo submitted to our Flickr Group by Raga Swamisai. To be fair, I probably find his photo of sunset in Monterey, California so compelling because I’ve been spending a lot of time during the last several months shooting on the New Hampshire and Maine coasts, but what the heck, this is my critique so I can choose photos for personal reasons if I want! Continue Reading

Finding Inspiration – Six Months of 0630

Monkman_0630_Portsmouth_NH_078

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