August, the month of Milky Way and Web Pictures for Nature photographers, each season and sometimes each month brings forward specific things that are poised for picture-taking. The month of August, the Milky Way is visible during the late evening and early night skies here and the weather is such that it’s comfortable spending several hours outside.
With the introduction of mirrorless systems, sorting out marketing hype is more important than ever when choosing a camera. Is mirrorless here to stay? Will DSLRs become obsolete? Is a separate camera even needed? The answer to these questions is best determined by what you like to shoot.
By Steve Skuss
I really get a kick out of some REAL photographers. They’re so intense. Things have to be JUST SO. As you might guess, I have an example:
I was attending a public talk aimed at bringing up the quality of the snapshots taken by hikers and other casual wildlife shooters. The subject of waterfalls was discussed, and the attendees were presented with two versions of the same falls. One had the traditional smooth, silky water that real photographers always present. The other had the crunchy, rough and tumble “frozen” water that is what most casual shooters get when they fire off a pocket camera or cell phone. “Which one,” the presenter asked? Sadly (for him), easily two-thirds of the group chose the frozen water. He quite forcefully informed the audience that they were “wrong”.
By Geok Hwa Kee Ventrice
Growing up with an illiterate mother, I had to get creative in order to get through the endless weekly math and science quizzes. My grandmother who came from a long line of shamans suggested the following. Sandwich between the front and back covers of my textbooks with fresh leaves plucked from an old hunching tree of a Taoist temple next to school. I failed my quizzes ten out of ten times because being short and scrawny I was only able to collect leaves that had fallen on the ground most brittle and dried.
By Lean Walker
Mohamed Ibrahim once said “Wildlife surprises you when you least expect it” and nothing could be truer when photographing it. Wildlife photography is an exhilarating hobby, especially when looking through the lens and capturing details and beauty of a “wild” animal. Wildlife photography requires patience, research, and a few fundamental skills but minimal travel. Amazing wildlife photography can be captured wherever you are.
LoisAnn Shannon discusses using your phone to take and process images. This video is a great introduction to properly viewing a cell phone as a “real” camera and processing the image in your phone using the Snapseed app.
Follow this link to view her video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kZpDc-2_dlz6t-OmN4d2SIIrRASaBVwl/view
By Steve Skuss
March 31 was world backup day. You DO backup your photos, right? In various surveys I have seen, after ID’s and insurance information, the first thing listed in a disaster checklist is photo albums. These could be weddings, grandchildren or family heritage, but most seem to consider these to be essentials when faced with life altering events. If that is the case, why on earth would you slap some of your most precious keepsakes on a single, vulnerable and absolutely sure-to-breakdown device like a hard drive, or worse yet, a very lose-able SD card or (shudder) cell phone. Let’s face it-it is all too easy to “forget”, and there is “always tomorrow” when it comes to thinking about securing your photos. I guess that’s kind of human nature, a part of the eternal optimism that helps drive great accomplishments. Somewhere along the way though, that must be tempered with a bit of realism and self-discipline.
By Vicky Ogle
My name is Vicky Ogle and I am a member of the Cookeville Camera Club (CCC). We are a collection of talents joining together to share our knowledge and passion for the creative adventure called, photography (cookevillecameraclub.com). I am writing from a novice perspective.
Artists often choose a path and follow it until they reach mastery. In photography the shooter may choose to be known for black & white, portraits, landscapes, photojournalism and many more. Some people choose to focus on one idea in order to develop skills, technique and focus. The Getty Museum is located in Los Angeles, California. If you search their website you will find that they have something called ‘Open Content’ (getty.edu.>about>opencontent). It is a free opportunity to view hundreds of pieces of their collection, including photographs (there are a few rules to follow to access content). It is fascinating and if you are not careful you could get lost in your own personal museum for hours.
By Wanda Krack
Do you ever wonder what happens when a nature photographer falls in the creek, or has an “accident” after drinking too much morning coffee and then needing to be on the mountain for sunrise? Well, those odd things do happen, so I will tell you a couple of stories that have happened to me.
One year a group of people who had been friends for several years on the internet decided to have a “get-together” in this part of the country…one from Ohio, Virginia., Kentucky, Texas and Tennessee. During the last day of our “meetup” we were shooting above now what I know is the roaring river at a small stream. Tom, the fellow who joined us from Virginia, fell into the creek, getting most of his lower body wet, along with his shoes and socks. We decided to stop our shooting. We took him to Walmart and he bought a pair of flip flops which he had to wear home on the plane that afternoon. He had extra clothing. The only problem…can’t get into Wal-Mart without shoes. We got some giggles out of that one (this was before 9/11).
By Bettye Sue Austin
We were told to stay home! We couldn’t have our monthly Camera club meetings. I couldn’t travel to some exciting place where I could get that perfect shot. Knowing that our club was going to have contests on High Key and Abstract photography, I used the time to study these two types of photography.