Monday, March 18, 2013

Outdoor Iowa in Winter

It can be really tough to find outdoor "nature" things to photograph in Iowa during the winter. Sometimes I feel like I am really reaching with some subjects, but here are a few from a stroll on Saturday.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cold Weather Shooting

Now that you got that nice camera for Christmas make sure you take care of it. If you like to shoot outside when temperatures are very cold there are a few things to keep in mind. Your camera has sensitive electronics and moisture can cause damage. When you bring your camera inside the house or inside your car after being outside in the cold moisture will condense on your camera and perhaps even inside your camera. To prevent this place your camera in a plastic bag that can be ziplocked or twisted shut. Try to get as much air out of the bag before you seal it. You MUST place the camera in the bag while you are still outside in the cold. Now you can safely bring your camera inside. Leave it in the bag for 20 minutes or until everything has come up to room temperature. Without much air in the bag condensation will be minimal on your camera. Any moisture will be on the outside of the bag.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Janell's Flower Garden

Now that the kids are gone my wife is turning the vegetable garden into a beautiful flower garden. She has things that bloom throughout the spring and summer. These are just a few quick images I took this morning.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Iowa State Fair 2011

I just found out that 3 of the 4 photos I submitted to the Iowa State Fair have been selected for display. I don't know which 3 yet, but my bet is that the steps to Catt Hall at ISU didn't make it. The Iowa State Fair photo competition is the largest competition in the country. Over 1000 photographers will submit over 5000 photos. Approximately 800 get selected for display. About 150 of those will actually win something. You are allowed to submit only 4 photos in 4 different classes. I have been submitting to the fair for about 6 years. I have been fortunate to have at least 1 accepted each year, but only 1 other time have I had 3 of 4 accepted.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Watch for shadows

When photographing children (or anyone else wearing a hat) watch carefully for shadows that could cover the eyes. You may need to move the hat farther back on the head, flip up the brim of the hat, change the pose in relation to the light, keep the subjects chin up, or bounce light from below into the face and eyes. This can be done as simply as using a white piece of poster board, paper plate, white fabric, t-shirt, or aluminum foil as a reflector. Keeping the reflector out of the image, place it in front of the subject such that it reflects light up into the face, especially the eyes. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Photography Tip #5 - Watch the background

Backgrounds are virtually as important as the main subject. Always make it a point to look at the background behind your subject. Make sure there are no branches, trees or bushes that might appear as though they are protruding from your subject. Choose uncluttered backgrounds when possible. If they are messy with a lot going on, they will draw attention away from your main subject. Our eyes are first drawn to the lightest part of an image, so very light areas behind a subject are distracting. It may take a minute to reposition yourself or your subject, but the difference in the quality of image will be worth it.