Put Your Cell Phone Away… Grab Your Camera For Some Fun!

Put Your Cell Phone Away… Grab Your Camera For Some Fun!

I know, I know, I am dating myself when I say I love a camera… film, processing, heck even my digital gets me excited to be outside shooting photos. So put away your cell phone and dust the camera off. It’s time to get out there with your camera wrapped around your neck and summer to shoot.

Do you know one of the biggest printing issues comes down to good photography? I can’t tell you how many times resolution of a photo has destroyed a print project. So, make sure your files are high resolution and that you provide at least 300 dpi resolution for your next project.

Did you know the 15th of June is Nature Photography Day? So with that in mind, I thought it might be nice to provide a few “tips” for taking good nature photos. Of course, these principals also work for other photos (even a selfie on your cell phone). So here are a few things to remember:

  • Don’t Forget About Depth of Field. Remember the smaller your aperture the greater the depth of field and when it comes to landscapes and the great outdoors this is one not to forget.
  • Rest. Your camera that is on a tripod. To get clean pictures use the tool that will give you a steady hand each time.
  • Get Creative. Where is your focal point? What is happening in the foreground? Are there natural lines that make the shot interesting? Is the sky adding to the shot? Consider these questions so your shot doesn’t become boring. And don’t forget that you don’t need Photoshop® after you get the shot home, try a filter or two to give differing results.
  • Grab Their Attention. Capturing movement in a nature shot can be dramatic. Play with your shutter speeds and aperture you never know what will transpire.
  • Get Out and Have Fun. Change your landscape. Take a drive to the lake, to the golf course, at dusk, at dawn and just have fun being behind the camera.

For some amazing Michigan nature photographers, here are some of my favorites:
Monte Nagler https://www.montenagler.com/
Carl Sams and Jean Stoick https://strangerinthewoods.com/carl-sams-photography/
Dale Fisher https://dalefisherphoto.com/