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Mark Ali
I’m a writer, a photographer, a music lover, and a professional ice sculptor. I’m kidding about that last thing. (
A seagull in flight, against a brown/sepia background.
“A Bird in Flight” (© Mark Ali)

I know very little about ‘bird in flight’ photography.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t dare write an article about something I know so little about. I’ve certainly read about the topic. But I don’t think you really know a style of photography until you’ve tried it.

So, for this article, I thought…

A photographer making an image of a sunset.
Photo by Van Mendoza on Unsplash

The term “Photographer” has many connotations.

When spoken by itself, without a qualifying adjective, it’s often interpreted to mean a professional photographer. So, the qualifier “professional” is often just assumed.

Many of us non-professionals still call ourselves a “photographer” though, often leaving out preceding words like “amateur”.

But whether pro…

A splash of red color appears on leaves at the start of autumn.
“The First Touch of Color” (© Mark Ali)

It’s that time of year — a change of seasons. In the northern hemisphere, we’re transitioning from summer to autumn.

I’ve always felt that the transitions from the “extreme” seasons (winter and summer) to the “transition” seasons (spring and fall, respectively) are the most enjoyable — the most vibrant —…

Image of a person holding a camera, photographing flowers
Photo by Fidel Fernando on Unsplash

Let me start by answering the question in the headline above. The answer is…

It depends.

You knew that was coming, right?

Photography contests typically don’t offer you any detailed feedback on your images, other than a pass/fail grade — you either win or you don’t. …

An image of colorful silhouettes of The Beatles.
Photo by Fedor on Unsplash

It’s no secret that the Beatles could sing.

As if it weren’t enough that they were brilliant songwriters, they had great voices. (I’m not including Ringo in that statement. I think he’s awesome — one of the best drummers ever. And I couldn’t imagine “With A Little Help From My…

A photo of a person typing on a laptop computer.
Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Photographers are always looking to get better. Or at least we should be. There’s always something to improve upon.

And if you’ve been doing photography for a while, you’ve no doubt heard that having your images critiqued is a great way to improve.

If you feel qualified, offering a critique…

Photo by Sean Robertson on Unsplash

When traveling, most of us want all the usual photographs of the landmarks and popular sights. And you probably also want shots of you and the family standing in front of those sights.

Maybe even one of somebody holding up the Tower of Pisa.

Because that’s just hilarious.

Taking candid…

A woman holding a camera
Photo by Eduardo Gorghetto on Unsplash

There’s been an explosion of interest in photography over the last 10+ years. There are so many ways to take photos, and also so many ways to share photos. It’s a great way to express yourself artistically, without needing to be a traditional “artist”.

There’s also a scientific aspect to…

A bird flies by an early-morning sky, just before sunrise.
“Bird at Dawn” (© Mark Ali)

I know what you’re thinking. You read the title of this article, and you’re thinking that true nature photographers don’t really need “projects” because there’s plenty of subject matter in the natural world all around us.

And you may be right, generally speaking. But even with an abundance of photo…

Photo by Kunal Shinde on Unsplash

The expression “First, do no harm” is often associated with healthcare. But it applies to nature photography too.

The principle essentially means that, above all else, no action of yours should cause harm to your subject. …

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