Bird Photography Might Be Much Easier Than You Imagined
Don’t think you need the most expensive camera or lens for bird photography.
I am a fan of easy, even when it comes to something that seems difficult like bird photography. Most of the birds I photograph are common, not exotic, and I don’t have to travel to the depths of the Amazon River Basin where no civilized man has gone before to get the pictures. Rather, I simply take them from the comfort of my own home.. right outside the kitchen window. Continue reading Easy Bird Photography→
We are all familiar with this scenario: group shot and we all want to be in it. Put the camera on a ledge or table. Press the shutter button and run around to get into the shot. Self-timer gives us 10 seconds to get into position, and… Bam! We got the shot!
I don’t know about anybody else, but I have had “gear envy” more often than I like to admit.
I have told myself many times, “If I just had that lens (or new camera) I would be able to take better pictures.. AWESOME pictures!”
It’s really easy to get the “itch” for a new camera or some other piece of photography gear.
And, in my own defense, I like to think that with each piece of camera gear, I have gotten better as a photographer. But, is it because of the gear?
Maybe I have gotten better because I have learned more about the Art of photography rather than the equipment. In fact, I have long been a proponent of the idea that the gear does not make the picture, the photographer makes the picture.
But it sure is nice to be able to have the best camera or lens available, right?
What I have done in my reflections on gear vs craft is to come up with some reasons to put off buying and decide what are the important aspects of each shot.
And I have mentioned it before, but it is an important thought, “A good photographer can get a show-stopping shot using the most expensive camera or a cell phone or even a pin-hole camera.
So let’s take a look at some reasons to not buy the next best piece of camera gear.
Why is taking pictures in bright sunlight such a bad idea?
Most photographers (yours truly included) recommend avoiding the bright sunlight of midday when taking pictures.
There are a couple of reasons that this is avoided as much as possible by pro photographers. Photos can have harsh shadows or blown out highlights (blown highlights are areas of the picture that are totally white and without detail). Bright sunlight can also cause lens flare, which is when there are little unwanted spots of light in the picture.
But what do you do when taking pictures in bright sunlight can’t be avoided?
How many megapixels do I need? The question about megapixels does not come up as often as it used to, but there is still the belief that more megapixels means better quality.
In fact, this article is a direct response to a question I came across on the dpReview forum in the “Beginners Questions” category.
“I have a question about megapixels… I am in the market for my first DSLR and (the professional photographer who shot my wedding) told me that I wouldn’t need anything over 6mp and anything over that is gravy. Could this possibly be true? I want to do landscapes so I estimated something 14-18mp? Would a 6mp DSLR give that much better quality than my 14.1mp P&S?” Continue reading Megapixels – How Many Megapixels Do I Need?→