Tips & Tricks



Photos Without a Tripod, No Way!

Three hikers travel north along the Appalachian Trail near Mount Lafayette during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Five photos shot without a tripod - The title of this post is nothing more than sarcastic photography advice to get your attention. Did it work? Okay, now that I have your attention lets talk photography for a few minutes. There is a misleading belief floating around the internet that a good, and marketable, photograph can be only be created when the photographer uses a tripod....[Continue reading] ...

Bothy 2 Emergency Shelter For Photographers

Bothy 2 Emergency Shelter For Photographers
The Bothy 2 Emergency Shelter - Today I want to introduce you to the Bothy 2 emergency shelter made by Terra Nova Equipment, a company based in Derbyshire, England that specializes in outdoor gear. As the name suggests this a two man lightweight windproof emergency shelter for outdoor enthusiasts. I have found this to be a great product to carry, and use, when in the backcountry of the White Mountains...[Continue reading] ...

Human Element, Landscape Photography

A winter hiker ascends the Airline Trail in extreme weather conditions during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
King Ravine - White Mountains of New Hampshire Human Element, Landscape Photography - Even though I prefer a landscape free of human clutter, including a human element in the scene allows us to connect emotionally with the scene. And if done correctly, scenes that include a human element will pull the viewer into the landscape. The above image from the alpine zone, along the Airline Trail, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire would have little impact and viewing interest ...

Camera Gear, Nature Photography

Carter Dome - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you use that link to make a purchase. This is to help support my blog. Carter Dome - White Mountains, New Hampshire Last month, I wrote about some things to consider before pursuing a career as a full or part-time freelance nature photographer. Today, I am going to continue off that post with a list of the basic camera gear needed. Gear purchases can ruin your profit ...

Freelance Nature Photography

Mount Washington, New Hampshire USA
Mount Washington - White Mountains of New Hampshire Freelance Nature Photography - I am not big into writing about photography tips and tricks or ranting about the photography industry so this could be the only post I make this year focused on the business of nature photography. How to start a nature photography business and be successful at it is always a hot topic of discussion among photographers. By no means am I an expert in the business of photography, ...

Winter Camera Protection, White Mountains

Carter Dome, White Mountains - Appalachian Trail
Winter Camera Gear Tip: When photographing in adverse winter conditions, one of my concerns is protecting camera gear from the elements. I find using products that are specifically made to protect the camera in harsh conditions to be beneficial. They do take some time to get use to, but are worth the investment. During harsh weather conditions in the New Hampshire White Mountains, I use Camera Armor, LensSkins, and LensCoat. And for down in the valleys and roadside I like ...

Sense of Scale, White Mountains

A winter hiker ascends the Airline Trail in extreme weather conditions during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
King Ravine Trail - White Mountains, New Hampshire Sense of Scale, White Mountains - To create a sense of scale in my New Hampshire White Mountains landscape imagery I try to include people or any object that will help viewers in determining the size of the scene. Including any object in a scene a viewer will recognize the size of works, but using people is usually the best option. Everyone is familiar with the size of an average person, so ...

Image Editing, Delete It

Union Meeting House 1840-1865
Hiker in brook moving arms - Deleting it Image Editing, Delete It - In the photography industry, it is well known that we photographers are the worst when it comes to editing our own images. We think our images are flawless, no matter how blurry and soft they are. And no photographer likes hitting the delete button, but if an image is bad you have to. Today, I am going to give you a break from the scenic backcountry images ...

Erosion, Self Funded Photography Projects

River Bank Erosion - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Tropical Storm Irene - White Mountain National Forest Self Funded Photography Projects - As a freelance photographer, stock photography sales still play an important part of everyday business. These sales come from established clients, off the street clients and agencies that represent me. To add fresh imagery to ScenicNH Photography, I do self funded projects. Some of these projects last days, months or even years. One has even become a lifelong body of work. Sitting back and waiting for photo ...

Photos With A Foreground

Photos With A Foreground
Halibut Point State Park - Cape Ann, Massachusetts Photos With A Foreground - The foreground is defined as part of a scene that is nearest to the viewer. Most photographers believe a strong foreground completes a scene. I try to include an interesting foreground subject whenever possible. If done properly, the foreground subject will relate to the scene. It does not always work out this way, but it is nice when it does ...