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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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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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My Published Magazine Photos

Over the last few decades, I have been published in a few literary magazines and in newspapers and for my writing. However, it wasn’t until recently (November 2015) that I had the chance to be published in a magazine for my photography efforts.

Since then, I’ve added two more publications to my resume of model work and I would like to share them.

Thanks to Juliann C, the model I have shot with for each of these three fantastic magazines. You can check out her official website at www.julianncmodeling.com.

Fahrenheit USA – Nov. 2015

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My Belleza Inc. – April 2016

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Tres Jolie – May 2016

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The Art of the Human Form

It has been said that one of the primary goals of art is to make people think and feel. And, while some art simply exists and does not really evoke any great things, some does just that. This is often the case with any form of art that may in some circles or ways be considered controversial. So, it is no doubt that it is a common reaction to the nude human form.

Perhaps it is a painting, or a drawing or even photography or a video, but for many people the nude human body brings about some from of reaction, whether it be positive or negative.

For me, it is a matter of how the work is designed that matters. In essence, the body naturally lends itself to art as that it is beautiful in all shapes, sizes and colors. The curves and the ways light rolls off of the skin is outstanding in and of itself. And, if done right, there is nothing inappropriate about it.

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So, What Makes a Good Model?

Modeling and what qualities, physical and non, make a great model is like so many other things, somewhat subjective. So, while it would be overly simplistic and even somewhat disingenuous to assume there is some sort of exact formula for what creates the ideal subject for a model photographer, it is not so when it comes to a given artist or photographer’s preferred qualities in his or her models. That being the case, I have my own particular opinion. And while I don’t think there is any right or wrong here, I do think that whatever works for you can lend itself to amazing art. So, keeping that in mind, here are what I personally consider the three key component for any model.

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Willingness to learn and put in the effort

The majority of models don’t start out driving into poses and holding their bodies in flattering positions for a photographer. In fact, the majority clearly need some instruction. When a new model, or even a seasoned one to some degree, is willing to learn about his or her craft and willing to be professional in their approach to everything from punctuality to commitment to personal upkeep and hygiene, it goes a long distance in a modeling career.

Personality

No matter how hot a girl or guy may be, if they show up to shoots with a bad attitude or have a boring or unpleasant disposition, this can be a major problem. Not only will it make them hard to work with but it will show up in the shots as well.

Uniqueness

Contrary to popular opinion sometimes, nobody wants a cookie-cutter model. When a person has just some sort of “it” quality to who they are it really makes a huge impact on how they model. This could be something physical, something about their attitude or even a personal style or look of some kind. there is not really any specific element here as that this is what makes it unique.

Notice here that “looks” are not in the top 3. Sure, attractiveness is important for models but I would put it fourth as that the other features listed create a type of visual appeal in anyone who is even moderately pretty or handsome.

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