Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Tips For Photographing Brids

1. When a bird is in flight use a fast shutter speed.

2. Know how to exposure compensate – your camera will meter read a black bird and make it grey.

3. Know the bird’s habitat, what it sounds like, eats, likes to do. Have an idea what’s in an area. No good looking for Sea Kites in the outback, or Galahs on the beach! Do they live on the ground or up high in a tree, can they fly, dive or swim? It will all help you find them.

4. Never stress a bird. If getting close to the nest stresses the chicks or the parents watching you from nearby simply go away. Always be kind to the birds.

5. Know your equipment and its limitations

6. Fill the frame with the bird

7. Be patient

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Create A Frame For the View

I love using frames! And not just to mount my images in.
How many of us when we travel want a room with a view? Why not use that window?
Frames help direct the viewers eye into the image - there's the frame of the image border then the frame of the window called a frame-within-a-frame. They also help add depth and contrast.
This image here I shot at Eton Beach in Vanuatu. The colour contrast and saturation works well too.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Photography - Great For the Mind, Body and Soul!

Photography is the world’s most popular hobby.
More people now own a camera than golf clubs or a fishing rod.

This is largely due to the digital era and the progress of digital photography over the past ten years.

No longer are people waiting in anticipation for that roll of film to be developed, they have their images immediately and can share it with others via email. What we are now seeing is a resurgence in photography, similar to when George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, released the first compact camera in 1888 simply because he wanted to simplify photography and make it available to others.

Getting into photography has more benefits than just capturing a great image. It gets people out enjoying and learning about their environment, they meet new people and make friends, go to new places which provides a little exercise, and plays a part decreasing stress in our ever busy time poor lives.
Photography is an antidote for stress! Better than any pill to swallow!!