Learning how to see the final result before you press the shutter is maybe the most important step you can take to mastering photography.
It’s that moment where you grow as a photographer and no longer have to worry whether or not the picture “came out.” Your work becomes deliberate, rather than reactionary. You make pictures, you don’t just take pictures.
Those of you who want to get published, earn a little money from your photography or who want […]
If you spend time on the camera forums, the “experts” there will complain about the “crop factor” applying to depth-of-field as well as field of view. The cruz of the complaint is to infer that you cannot get an out-of-focus background with such cameras because f/5.6 is really more like f/11.
What is a Critique?
I have been thinking about critiques a lot lately, so I decided to look the word up. Google, Merriam-Webster, and Dictionary.com all have similar definitions, so for the purpose of this post I will paraphrase and combine a few and go with:
a detailed analysis and assessment of something
evaluate in a detailed and analytical way
to review or analyze critically
As we struggle with the isolation mandated by the pandemic, photography seems more important than ever. The ability to reconnect with happier times by looking through our photographs is truly a gift.
I am reminded of so many great photographic experiences as I look through all the old hard drives, prints, books, magazines, featuring my images.
Simplicity in photography has always appealed to me. Many of my best-selling bird photos are just simple, naturally and front-lit bird portraits. A close up of the bird against a clean, distraction-free, background. This always appeals to me because at the core of photography is the need to tell a story or convey a concept to the viewer.
While I have done a lot of bird photography, I only seriously started photographing hummingbirds in 2012. I think my expertise with other avian species gave me a leg-up when it comes to making great hummingbird shots but it’s still incredibly hard. Photographing hummingbirds is a task that will try your patience but if you can hang in there, the rewards are pretty amazing.
I’m getting excited about the upcoming spring migration because it means more hummingbirds passing through.
To get ready for hummingbird photo season, I have prepared a checklist. It’s somewhat exhaustive although I would never claim that you can think of EVERYTHING you might need to do to get ready, but these are the basics.
Since it’s almost time to photograph hummingbirds in the Pacific Northwest, I thought I’d show everyone a few of the tricks I use and how I do my setups.
The first step is to get hummers used to coming to your yard to feed. Three months ago, I set up two feeders near the spot where I plan to do my hummingbird photography. I want the birds to get used to the feeders, me and the general area where I will set up my background and flashes.