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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photography tips for zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and rescues”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photography tips for zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “How to make beautiful backgrounds with v-flats”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: How to make beautiful backgrounds with v-flats

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “How to use negative fill to create deep, dramatic photos”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: How to use negative fill

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Keeping your photography equipment safe around sand and salt water”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Keeping your photography equipment safe

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “In-depth review: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: In-depth review: The Olympus OM-D

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer or model: Who owns the image?”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer or model: Who owns the image?

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “NSFW: Ethics of removing tattoos in post-processing”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: NSFW: Ethics of removing tattoos in post-processing

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Understanding Exposure: The Shutter Speed Setting”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Understanding Exposure: The Shutter Speed Setting

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “10 Quick tips for nature photographers”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: 10 Quick tips for nature photographers

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Understanding exposure: The aperture setting”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Understanding exposure: The aperture setting

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Recently I worked with a team of fellow creatives on an “Ice Queen” character concept and photoshoot. Since snow is in pretty short supply in sunny Florida, to create the snow covered photo set we envisioned required much brainstorming, research and experimentation. While we could have resorted to a more Photoshop based approach, creating snow effects on the computer, we wanted to get as much of the winter effect in camera in one shot as possible.

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The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story.  These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop

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Every animal has a distinct overall body geometry, but this shape will change dramatically as they move.  When you are composing your images, it’s important to understand this concept so you are fitting your frame and composition to them, allowing them to be alive in your shot.

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When we talk about photographing behaviors and events as they unfold, we think in terms of being “reactive”, or shooting on the fly. In a studio setting, we are “proactive”, we make decisions about pretty much every characteristic of the photo before it is taken. My goal with wildlife photography is to be more “proactive” and make as many choices before the action begins as possible, so I am not fumbling with settings when the good stuff goes down!

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The beauty and power of lightning has fascinated me since I was a kid. So it should probably not have been a surprise I would end up in Florida, the lightning capital of the United States. My home lies in an area that has received the distinction of being called “Lightning Alley”, with more strikes per square mile recorded annually in the corridor from Tampa to Titusville than anywhere else in the US, the second most world-wide!  

Despite having the possibility of lightning nearly any day of the year, it’s still a difficult thing to find and photograph successfully. It’s also an extremely dangerous thing to photograph, it’s by far the number one cause of weather related deaths in my neck of the woods. These tips and techniques will help keep you safe, while helping you get a crack at capturing those bolts out of the blue!

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