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 ops out there, even the most ardent nature photographer occasionally needs some new incentive to spark their creativity.
If you’re one of those people, here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
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. Or, put another way, the potential harm of your actions should be considered before you take those actions.
In nature photography, the “harm” could include damage to an environment or ecosystem, or the endangerment or harassment of an animal. That type of harm is absolutely, positively never acceptable.
And that’s why this rule, this principle, is so vitally important to know, understand, and follow…
I had the best of both worlds when I was growing up. I was raised in the city, but I had family who lived out in the country.
So, I got all the benefits of being a city kid — mostly related to pro sports teams, but also parks, museums, and other attractions. But I also got to get away from all that and embrace nature and the countryside.
My family would often drive an hour or so to my grandparents’ house in the “country”. …
If you’re a photographer, but not a wedding photographer, chances are you’ve been asked the question that’s the title of this article.
Sometimes it happens because people just don’t want to pay a pro photographer. And there’s nothing wrong with that — professional wedding photographers are often expensive. (The good ones are, anyway.) They’re well worth the money, and I encourage everyone out there to hire a pro if you can. But sometimes couples are on a very tight budget.
Whatever the reason, being asked to photograph the most important day in someone’s life is a high honor and a…
People don’t mean to be rude, but…
The internet is full of photography advice. Really. It’s everywhere.
And since it’s everywhere, it’s bound to come from a variety of sources. Sometimes it comes from professional photographers. Sometimes it comes from photography educators. Sometimes it comes from experienced amateurs or semi-pros who are sharing what they’ve learned. (Full disclosure: I fall into that last category.)
And that’s all OK, of course.
What’s not OK, and even a little annoying, are photography tips that assume you have a certain level of gear, or tips that insist that you need to do something…
Rock is a musical genre that’s full of emotion. But I don’t need to tell you that.
And rock can become truly inspiring when it’s used to tell an emotional story. When the story has characters and a plot, you start entering the realm of musical theater.
Rock operas are well-known, of course. From Tommy to Jesus Christ Superstar to The Wall and others — rock has been used many times to tell passionate stories. And those stories, of course, have characters and scenes that drive the plot.
But what happens when a rock songwriter composes an opera within the…
Photographic “composition” refers to the arrangement of elements in an image. The composition of a photograph can greatly affect the impact it has on a viewer and the way the viewer experiences the image.
A well-composed photo is often a well-liked photo.
When we write a story or an article, we want to hold the reader’s attention as long as possible, because we want our work to be compelling and interesting.
The same applies to photographs. We want to engage our viewer’s eyes, and attention, and keep them interested. …
Flower photos are a dime a dozen. Let’s face it.
Everybody with a camera, even just a phone, snaps away when they’re around flowers. And most of them post the images on social media (because that’s just what you do these days). As a result, there are roughly a gazillion flower images out there, give or take.
And the thing is, most of them look alike.
I mean, they don’t really. There are countless species of flowers, and lots of ways to capture them in a photograph. But most flower images have something in common. They’re taken like portraits.
Good landscape photos have foreground interest.
That’s what they say, whoever they are. By “foreground interest”, they mean objects in the foreground that help to anchor the image, sometimes giving the viewer a sense of scale, and often providing depth to the overall photograph.
So, foreground interest is considered to be key to landscape image composition.
Or is it?
Yes, image depth is important in a landscape photograph. It’s often what separates a good landscape image from just another snapshot of a serene lake or a beautiful green valley.
And achieving that depth typically requires both the foreground and the…
It started with a powerful guitar riff. So many great things do.
It was the 80s — a decade full of MTV-driven electronic pop music that was soul-killing for those of us who liked that old-time rock ’n’ roll.
We really thought rock was dead.
So, when Mark Knopfler’s guitar belted out the now-famous riff of Money for Nothing in 1985 — right smack dab in the middle of the decade — it was like a breath of fresh air.
It’s not that there was no quality rock available in the 80s. Bruce released Born in the USA, after all…