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Some cool “cheats” for amature nature photgraphers

As a photographic artist, one of the things that might appeal to you is shooting stunning shots of some of nature’s wonderful scenes and animals. But, depending upon your location and ability to do some traveling, this may or may not be something that you can easily do. 

In cases in which you can’t get out to the wide open spaces in the American Western states, take a trip to Australia or the Arctic, or even check out the hot, dry African wilderness, there are still some “cheats” you can do  order to get some incredible shots of majestic beasts and landscapes.

1. Head to the nearest zoo  

If you hit these facilities at the right time, you can get some great shots on animals and the man-made scenes that are set up for them to stay. Sure, you might have to deal with crowds and fences but there are sections that you can work around such problematic elements. You might also come across some aqua exhibits that you can explore through glass.

Here are a few samples of my own  wildlife and nature photography at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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2. Find a local park or hiking tail

Some of these will feature beautiful vegetation and waterways and you might occasionally get a photo of anything from a small animal to something as large as a deer or bear. Of course, in these cases you have to be a little more careful as that there is nothing to come between you and the animal if it decided to get a little daring.

These are a few of the pictures I have taken on trails.

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Tips for Shooting Photos on a Cell Phone

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Ever new high end cell phone that hits the shelves promises, among other stuff, a better camera. And while these have come along very well since the early days of mobile phone based cameras, the truth is that they will never be able to compete with a real SLR of DSLR.

However, the limitations do not mean that you can’t take some really cool, high quality shots. Here are some notes to help you get the most out of your cell pics.

For macro photography, get as close as you can to the subject and use as little zoom as possible.

Keep the flash set to off at all times except when absolutely needed.

Get a good editing app, I recommend Photo Editor by dev.macgyver

Buy a cheap lens kit to clip on to your device. I found one on Amazon for $5.99 and it works good enough to do the job.

Know your cell camera’s limitations. Some are good in low light, some are better for distance…

No matter what you try, keep being creative.

 

 

New Art Book – Optical Atristry

A lot of my recent book writing ventures focus on the electronic format and have included how-to style guides on artistic concepts. But I am excited to have just competed a book for display purposes with art pieces called “Optical Artistry.” Check out some sample pages I have added to this post and buying option on my author site.

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Lose your cell phone photos? No reason to panic.

If you don’t use a cloud backup or for some other reason lose or delete your photos by mistake, you might be tempted to panic a bit. After all, these are you art, your memory and whatever else.

Some of you might think you can not recover these while others will think that the only way to do so will either included extensive skills or pricey software.

The best things is, it won’t cost you a dime and you don’t have to be some sort of technical wizard.

Check out the DiskDigger tool for Android and iPhone.

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Taking Photos Through Glass – Minimizing Reflection

Have you ever noticed a wonderful sight that would make for a cool photography while you where riding along in a car or standing in front of a pane of glass somewhere? If you answered yes, and I am pretty sure you probably did, I also bet that you are aware of the sometimes frustrating challenges that come with shooting photos through a glass surface.

Here are a few tips that you might find helpful.

1. Get as close to the glass as possible

The closer you put your camera or phone to the glass surface the better. If you can literally put it up against it that works best. This helps minimize reflection as that there is less of it to be captured by your device.

2. Avoid taking the shot head on

If you take a photo head on, you might catch a lot of glare or the unwanted parts of a reflection. Sometimes stepping off sideways or angling you shot just a little can really work out well for you.

3. Wait for the right moment

If you are in a vehicle, you should probably wait until you get to a location that has less direct sunlight as that it can also mess with the outcome of the shot with reflective glare. The less sun or direct light, the less glare and thus the less reflective.

4. Use a lens hood

If you are using a traditional camera, opt for a lens hood. If you can find one that is rubber, it will allow for more flexibility to do the things mentioned in step 1.

5. Watch out for scratches

It is often the situation that the glass you want to photography through might have scratches or dirt marks or streaks. The bets thing to do to work around this is to try to find the least troubled area or to shoot items that will allow those spots to blend in with the image to some point.

 

This first shot is a good example from Wikimedia Commons that show the problems with reflection.

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This second one was shot through glass at a public aquarium in my home town of Pittsburgh. The reflective qualities and scratches/dirt on the surface have been eliminated extensively using the skills and techniques listed.

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New e-book available now – Tools for Your Creative Side

As Promised, here is the info on my new e-book and where you can find it.

The details:

The advancing technology we have available to us can be an incredible and amazing thing. However, it can also be costly and difficult to utilize in some cases. This e-book is designed as a collection of 65 online and downloaded resources to help assist creative people in doing the things they love with ease and at either no cost or affordable prices.

For those artists, photographers, writers and videographer types, this book is for you. For the people who work with audio and animation, this is for you.

Order on Amazon of my author website.

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Photo Shoot Ideas for Photographers and Models

Cosplay

This one is pretty open as that it can cross a wide variety of things. It may include favorite personalities from movies, video games or books and comics but it’s fun and can help your shots stand out.

Here’s an example I did with a young lady based on the character of Sheldon Copper from the “Big Bang Theory’ series.

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Geisha

These ladies are both beautiful and mysterious so to capture their essence is a challenge in art and sophistication.

This is an example of a shot I did with a stunning young lady based on this timeless theme.

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Silhouette

These are both challenging and simplistic. Getting the settings right and the lighting takes some work but you don’t need to worry about any retouching.

This example is one I shot in a window years back.

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Contrast

The tough nerd, the punk business-woman…those are just a few examples of how you can use completely different things to come together to make really cool photos.

This one from a while back mixed business with urban blight.

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Water

Last but not least, anything to do with flowing water can help to build a stunning photograph.

Here’s one I did with a wonder alt model right in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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