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Beyond the Basics | 6 Ways to Improve Your Cave Photography

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#1 It’s Not Your Camera The first thing to realize is that when your cave images don’t turn out, it has nothing to do with your camera. It has everything to do with your understanding of light, composition, and how to use the technical components of your camera to creatively communicate your experience underground. A great cave photographer can take a $5000 camera and a $100 camera and create the same amazing shot. If your camera isn’t taking very good pictures it’s probably not a mechanical issue. There is an urban legend out there, a story of painter Pablo Picasso,…

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Zion National Park Overlook

Zion National Park

By | Observations, Philosophy, Teaching | One Comment

Adaptation seems to be the name of the game when it comes to photographing the natural world. Even when the weather report cooperates it doesn’t necessarily mean that the weather will actually follow suit. For our short weekend field trip for the SLCC Nature Photography class we had hoped for a beautiful sunset, crystal clear night skies, and a glorious sunrise. Instead we got a sunset that was consumed by the shadow of giants, a hazy night sky, and an overcast sunrise. Disappointing to some, but full of possibilities for those of us who have trained our vision to see…

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Slowing Down

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The one thing I have noticed with the proliferation of the digital medium is what I refer to as “good enough” syndrome. We snap, snap, snap without even thinking and enjoying that which lies before us. The internal dialog may go something like this, “Should I snap it? I don’t know if it is really that great of a shot. What am I thinking, it’s digital.” Snap. Snap. Snap. And we head home with a massive collection of digital data, most of which will serve only to hog space on our hard drive. Consequently, that one great shot, may be easily…

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Sand ripples on the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake

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The part of nature photography that I most look forward to are those quiet moments of observation, when I don’t have to worry about where I was or where I am going, but can just be in the moment. Enjoying the scene or the object before me. Contemplating its form. Cleaning my mind. Listening to that visual guide within me tell me how to arrange each shape and form. During today’s nature photography field workshop to the Great Salt Lake, I became so engrossed in the changing light that when the light finally faded into full, washed-out sun, I found…

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