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Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes! Learn from Your Mistakes

Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes! Learn from Your Mistakes

Especially in the age of digital photography, every click creates an image, and every photo you compose takes us to the next step of endurance. Many professional and seasoned nature photographers will tell you all about the mistakes that they've made, and how it trained them into better photographers. Mistakes are a part of the progress we make when it comes to photography. Knowing what to look out for will help to prepare you. The mistakes that you make while taking pictures are not as critical as the way that you learn from the mistakes. In many ways, trial and error can be your most influential teacher in learning how to take the best shot. Having an idea of what to look for when you're making your picture and potential mistakes will prepare you to be a better photographer in the future. Adjusting Your Shot Some mistakes, like composition, can be a simple matter of repositioning yourself and creating the best image. For example, a classic photography mistake would be to have a tree or a building or some other object(most often people too!!) directly behind the head. Try shifting your position, to avoid the situation. Sometime you may be lucky because you choose to change your position. Lighting and Composition Another common mistake would be the understanding of lighting before clicking the shutter button. If the aperture isn't adjusted appropriately, then there can be too little or too much light. It is a mistake that even seasoned photographers make....
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Story behind every picture

Story behind every picture

Before the Internet, photographers often went a lifetime without their work being recognized. Every so often, a great picture would become known throughout the country, and even the world, but these images were few and far between. They were most often related to significant news events. A few photographers, like Ansel Adams, gained popularity but again, these were few in number. Today, photographers can put up a website and share their work with the world. In a matter of hours, millions of people can have access to a, particularly beautiful image. This can be a good thing in many ways, but it can also create problems. One of the problems is that a picture may become known while the photographer remains hungry and unrecognized for the work and talent that went into the image. Adding to this problem is the fact that, today, anyone with a smartphone has access to the ability to snap a picture. This makes it difficult for people to realize there is a big difference between a simple snapshot and a piece of photographic art. Sharing Emotion If you look at the majority of photographs that get shared the most, they may appear so different. You see cute animals with babies, or beautiful landscapes or an exciting street scene; they all have something in common, however. A great photograph evokes emotion! The photographer takes an object or looks at a view and feels something. It is his goal to share that emotion with those who see...
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Photography and Technology – Too lost in the weeds

Photography and Technology – Too lost in the weeds

When it comes to photography, there is a world of options to choose when picking right gears which revolve around Image quality, megapixels, lenses, tripods, memory cards, and various gear brands — no matter what you're looking for, dozens of options exist. And, well, that's overwhelming. Does it really matter if you have the newest camera on the market? Will having three different tripods, sixteen different lenses and three different cameras really make you a great photographer? Don’t get me wrong, I am not an exception; I have been there too! Most often; we just carried away by the technology, comfortless we get out of the new technology and lose the focus on actual intent. Getting Absorbed in Technology Every year, new high-end cameras and camera-related tech hit the market, each promising better specs than the gear that came out the year before. It can be extremely tempting for photography aficionados to spring on the latest equipment to ensure their art is always top quality. But is this really necessary? Though newer cameras can offer better image quality and other improved features, even older cameras or more affordable cameras can do the same work in the hands of a skilled photographer. After all, it doesn't matter if you can see the nose hairs on your subject; it matters if you can evoke the theme and mood you're trying to convey. Photography as a Medium for Art Rather than focusing on the best technical specs, artists should focus on utilizing photography as a...
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What Makes Nature Photography Stand Out as Fine Art?

What Makes Nature Photography Stand Out as Fine Art?

The photography of Ansel Adams is like none other – his renditions of the American West capture much more than the rising moon or the mountains of Yosemite. They represent his sacred vision and mindset; they are works of art. Taking snapshots of the great outdoors is one thing, but rendering photos in a distinctive, creative style is quite another. Here’s a closer look at what makes nature photography stand out as fine art. Emotional impact Artistic nature photographs often have a dramatic focal point, like a waterfall or a solitary tree. The imagery is compelling, which is created through stylistic elements such as lighting and the arrangement of space. A soaring eagle set against a luminous open sky, for example, can instill a sense of emotions, such as freedom, transcendence or even loneliness. Black-and-white nature photography can also create a dramatic mood and convey a sense of raw emotion, as can the use of color. Different color shades and saturation can be combined to form a vibrant composition that draws the eye toward the subject of the photograph. Expresses an idea An artistically rendered nature photograph is usually set up by the photographer and conveys a message. A close-up shot of a deer gazing into the sunlight, for example, requires effort and timing on the part of the photographer — and this intimacy with wildlife can highlight a sense of reverence for the natural world and the importance of conservation. Of course, fine art photography can occur by happenstance, such as...
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Always Carry Your Camera With You!

Always Carry Your Camera With You!

Only if you had your camera with you! You are on your way to run a small errand and you witness the most magnificent sunset ever. You instantly take out your smartphone and quickly capture a photo or two but the quality of the photo makes you almost tear up missing your camera! I am sure, we all had this experience. Just when you see the incredible opportunity to capture an incredible moment, you’re at the scene without a camera.  I agree that there are some instances carrying camera looks or feels socially awkward and it is sometimes impractical as well. However, you can always train yourself to think differently about the situation at hand! Forget about thinking what someone would say about you when they notice you carrying your camera gear with you everywhere you go. It’s not always about you wanting to capture the moment, sometimes you will also get an opportunity to learn. The most prominent photography institute is always yourself as you will learn more from the mistakes you made than from anyone else. By the way, this is my experience as well, in many occasions, I have left the camera behind thinking that I wouldn’t find anything and sometimes I thought is an odd time of the day to shoot. Sometimes the elements influence your decisions, e.g., rain or snow. But remember those are the best situations to photograph; most often the worst weather is best for photography. Let’s talk about some key reasons why...
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Photographing in Bad Weather is Not always Bad

Photographing in Bad Weather is Not always Bad

This one is most probably for me; quite often I tell myself that the bad weather is going to be good. But still, I had a hard time convincing myself that it is going to be okay to go out. There were several weekends I just sat inside the home justifying myself that staying back was a right decision. And of course, ended up doing nothing! However, occasionally I ventured out when the weather was not perfect. Although I had some challenges dealing with elements, it was not as bad as I thought. So does bad weather put you off quite often? Do you find it as a hurdle between you and your plan ? Well, if you think deep fog, thundering rain, and fierce storm can stifle your photography sessions, consider going out. Bad weather unfolds the drama I agree that the bad weather is not a good shooting condition; however, the scene you are seeing is much more compulsive. Moody, ominous clouds can make for an excellent backdrop for your photographs. Generally, when the weather is uncooperative, and the wind is bashing you in all direction, it is hard to compose your images, and moreover, light may not be favorable either. But, there is something always static around you, and you just have to figure out your composition. Notably, in landscape photography, you can give a dramatic touch to your photos. However, gusty wind and low light may not be appropriate to photograph flying birds and other fast-moving...
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Photographing Shorebirds – Best locations in New York & New Jersey

Photographing Shorebirds – Best locations in New York & New Jersey

If you are on a short trip to New York or New Jersey during spring or summer season, then you might want to make some time to visit one of these beaches – Nickerson Beach (NY), Belmar beach (NJ) and Sandy Hook Beach (NJ). In the past, I visited these beaches many times, and it is safe to say they are some of the best places to photograph common and uncommon shorebirds. And of course, early to mid-summer is the breeding season, making it totally worth it to go to these beaches for your photography sessions! For those of us who adore the winged beings would agree that there is an inexpressible pleasure in capturing their birds in motion or photographing multitudes of these creatures. Whether you’re in New York or New Jersey, we have a few fantastic beaches in mind where you can capture beautiful photographs of shorebirds. Read on to know about our top three locations. Nickerson Beach (NY) Nickerson Beach located on the south shore of Long Island, New York in Lido Beach is one of the best places to photograph a large number of nesting shorebirds, some of which are considered to be endangered. The most common shorebirds, the ones that you can find at this beach include - American Oystercatchers, Least Terns (rare), Common Terns, Black Skimmers, and if you’re really lucky, you might also come across the feathery, sand-colored Piping Plovers and Semipalmated Plover. These shorebirds bread at...
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My name is Nataraj Ankinakatte; I grew up in the southern part of India, and now I live in Massachusetts. I am a nature photographer; I absolutely like it and everything that comes with it. I appreciate the raw reality of everyday life and immense beauty of the living being around me. I do my very best to take every picture keeping the essence of art in mind.

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