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Photo Tips and Tricks

Talk about a late entry! Sorry! In March, I presented a program on being a bit “creative” with not just photography, but even the equipment used. As an example, I took the finial off of a table lamp and screwed my camera to the top of the lamp. Voila! It becomes a makeshift tripod. Try dazzling family at the next get-together with that little trick when it’s time for the group photo on a timer, so you can get in the action as well!

I also demonstrated some examples of what can be done with photoshop for those who like to experiment. Rather than me reiterating the session, just do a search for Photoshop levitation photography, or cleaning up unwanted items from travel photography.

And we discussed making bokeh shapes using cutouts placed over your lens. Again, that is a technique that takes some practice, but if you are looking for a challenge over the summer, it’s rather fun.

A bit more low tech is adding saran wrap to your lens that is then completely or partially smeared with petroleum jelly. Makes quite an impact and you can get different results with variations. Overall, just experiment and let your camera guide you! Try taking a photo of reflections in water puddles, through bubbles, of shadow shapes…… just play! Thank you to the few who took on the challenge for a photo assignment of “playing” with your camera! Linda

Passing on some great online resources!

Thanks to everyone in the club who continues to keep us posted about great articles and online sites! There is no end to what we can learn by looking for information from that mysterious place known as “the web”!

A few places that I would suggest you check out are listed here:

Both of those sites offer a chance to subscribe to regular emails that offer instructional content and links to other great sites.  Another is:

Scott Kelby is a leading professional educational photographer and this site is full of tutorials that can be purchased one at a time or in packages.  I believe there is even a “try it for free” offer.  If you ever want to learn more on Lightroom, Photoshop, or just plain digital photography/videography, you can find a tutorial here.

Remember also to check out YouTube!  Anyone can place videos there and you will find many on just about any topic you are interested in, and some you probably would never have dreamed of…… for free.  There are more out there!  Just do a search one day on digital photography websites and you will find a big list.  Some are great, some not so much, but you WILL find one that answers any question you might have!  Happy searching!



Using Outdoor Fill Flash

Updating our website! Finally!!

In November, we had a meeting that focused on flash photography.  We covered things like what is flash photography and why we should use it; red-eye and red-eye reduction; direct vs. indirect flash (bounce); fill flash (using the flash in an outdoor setting to get rid of shadows on faces, under hats, etc.).  Click Handout on Flash Photography to view the handout from that session.

The homework assignment was to submit 2 photos of the same subject, one with and one without fill flash. Here are samples of what was submitted:

Mary Molnar:

Molnar Backlit roses with fill flashMolnar Backlit roses

Pam McCloskey:

McKloskey Flash 2 McCloskey Flash 1

Mike Hazuda:

Hazuda fill Hazuda no fill

Glen Haycock:

Laycock fill Laycock no cill

Photographing small objects AND wildlife guest speakers


Thank you to all who contributed to this first assignment of the new Landlovers year, that being a call for photos of an object 3″ or less in size.  It was interesting to see where you took that suggestion and loved that many took advantage of light, composition, backgrounds, depth of field, etc., to enhance your chosen subject.  Thanks also to those who sent your photos in a reduced format.   And remember that we are happy to help with any questions you may have about that.  Any photographs that I did not receive in time for the power point I have included in this photo group on the blog.  While we did not spend time on each photo during the meeting in order to save our time for our guest speakers, if any one wants feedback on your photos, just let Sheila or I know.

If you were at our meeting on the 21st, you know we were treated to guest speakers, Bruce and Mary Lou Dickson, wildlife photographers.  They brought a good sampling of their equipment, including their 500mm prime lens attached to their field tripod!  I have attached the link for their website which does include information about classes and workshops they are conducting in our area.  The Dicksons’ are stationed in Savannah National Wildlife Refuge for the  winter, now through about mid-March.  They have also said they are available for small groups who would like to put together a customized daylong workshop on use of “manual” settings for your camera, Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.  Not only are they knowledgable, but entertaining as speakers… a rare combination and certainly a treat.  Dickson Photography

Our next meeting is November 18th, 4:00 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, Skidaway Island and will begin to introduce you to “flash photography”.   In the mean time, the new assignment is to submit ONE newly taken photograph of an example of wildlife in and around our coastal area.  We are asking that you step outside your comfort zone and if you usually take insect photos, try animals, if you usually shoot birds, see if you can catch site of something different.  And of course if you haven’t ever tried to photograph any of our wildlife neighbors, go for whatever you can find!  PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS TO MYSELF OR SHEILA BY NOVEMBER 13.  Happy Shooting!

Summer’s Almost Over!

Soon we will back together on the island we call home.   We look forward to seeing you all again at our monthly meetings as well as at other local events and places near.  Our first meeting is September 16 and you will hear more on that soon.  For now, I just wanted to share a powerful slide presentation that was apparently put together by a 17 year old in 2012 as part of a school assignment.  The video is 2 minutes long and made up entirely of photographs gleaned from internet searches.   I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more compelling example of photography as art and as the visual representation of history and storytelling!  Enjoy and see you soon!  Linda