Title: The Betterphoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography
Author: Jim Miotke
Review Summary: A great practical guide to taking better pictures, very well organized and with useful tips for any photographer.
There were so many things to love about this book, I’m almost not sure where to start. I suppose what jumped out at me the most was how practical the advice was. There are checklists of the most important things to remember from each section; little boxes with advice on practical concerns such as bringing camera gear out into the elements; and “assignment” sections that suggest ways to practice new techniques right away. I was most excited about the assignments so I was especially pleased that these were all included in the index, making them easy to refer back to. Continue reading
I’ve recently joined the Cayuga nature photography group and for next month’s meeting the theme is black and white. As a general rule, I don’t take many pictures with the intent of turning them into black-and-whites, so it’s fun to practice. I’m also getting to try out the new camera bag the boy got me for my birthday and I really like it! Unfortunately, I forgot that we learned about needing a short shutter speed for a longer lens and over estimated the steadiness of my hands when taking the pictures of the geese. I loved the colors and the composition too much to get rid of them though, so you might be able to tell that I sharpened them using photoshop’s smart sharpen filter. From a distance, it looks great and I love that I could sort of salvage these pictures, but it also makes them a lot grainier. And that’s my week in photography happenings 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Hello all and happy Friday! To wrap up the year, this week’s photography Friday includes a random sampling of pictures I like but didn’t post earlier in the year. I’m now back in New York after visiting my family and my boyfriend’s family over break. Doing both definitely kept us busy (on top of catching the flu!) but we had a really good time anyway and enjoyed seeing everyone. I hope you all had a great holiday too!
This Friday, we had some of our first snow of the year here in Ithaca, so to help you stave off the winter blues, I want to share some of my favorite photography blogs with you…
Photo Nature Blog – Great insect, butterfly, and bird close ups with rich colors. Continue reading
Finally got these pictures from our hike pulled together so that I like them 🙂 After living in Iowa, I forgot that hikes sometimes involve hills, so I was somewhat unpleasantly surprised by how much work going 4 miles was. But after the first few steep climbs, we slowed down a bit and I ended up having a really good time. Plus Ithaca is just beautiful in the fall!
Shortly after I moved to Ithaca, I fortuitously got lost near the Cornell Plantation, which is basically a small, free botanical garden. It was beautiful and of course the fact that it’s free means I can go take pictures whenever I want! Here’s a small selection of the pictures I’ve taken there so far and hopefully there will be more soon. Even more exciting, I went to a dairy open house and vineyard last week, so look for some adorable farm animals pictures next week 🙂