The worst place to shoot wildlife photography

What is it?  What’s the worst place to shoot wildlife photography?  If you’re thinking the zoo, then you’d be dead wrong.  The truth is that the worst place to shoot wildlife photography is where most people would think is the best place to shoot wildlife photos. Confused?  Allow me to explain.  Whenever I teach wildlife photography workshops, the students always ask …

HDR Photography Tips [Video]

Join me, Jim Harmer, on an HDR landscape photography shoot at the beach in Florida.  Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the audio from my microphone, so I had to use the windy audio from the camera’s on-board mic.  Woops! In this video, I teach some compositional tricks for landscape photographers and go through an in-depth tutorial on how to process HDR …

What’s the big deal about catch-lights?

Portrait photographers and wildlife photographers are both crazy about catch-lights, but if the two groups were to fight it out, I have to say that wildlife photographers are even crazier about catch-lights than portrait photographers. Catch-lights are specular highlights in the eyes of an animal or a person.  Look around you for something shiny and round…. a metal lamp, a …

Off-camera flash… on the cheap!

Someone once told me that you’re not a serious photographer until you have the gear to do off-camera flash.  While I’m not sure that this is an accurate statement for many reasons, most of us want to have this technique as an option in our tool belts; however, you’ve probably been down to the camera store and noticed how EXPENSIVE …

Do I need a new tripod?

When I conduct landscape photography workshops, the first thing I notice is the expensive equipment that many of the participants have.  Brand spanking new 5D Mark IIs, 70-200mm lenses, etc.  It amazes me how many photographers buy so much gear before they finally listen to the oft repeated but seldom followed advice to buy a professional tripod and a decent …

The Grand Secret to Photowalk Success

I bet I tricked you with the title to this post.  You probably thought this was going to be a secret about how to organize a photowalk, but you’d be wrong.  This photowalk tip is about how to get great photos while on photowalks. The tip is simple and it has to do with contrast.  Not the type of tonal …