Posts Categorized: Tips & Tricks



Photos Without a Tripod, No Way!

No tripod, Extreme weather conditions near the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Appalachian Trail – Mt Washington, New Hampshire
 

Photos Without a Tripod, No Way! – 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 only be created when the photographer uses a tripod. This is one belief that should be taken with a grain of salt.

To obtain the best quality image, I am a strong believer in using a tripod as much as possible, but the reality is there are many situations when I do not use one. If I were to only use my camera when it was mounted to a tripod I would miss out on hundreds of photo opportunities. The included images were all handheld (no tripod).

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Bothy 2 Emergency Shelter For Photographers

Strong winds blow snow across the valley along the Old Bridle Path during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Hikers can be seen ascending the trail.
Whiteout Conditions – Old Bridle Path, New Hampshire
 

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, New Hampshire USA.

As a photographer, there are times when I want to get out of the adverse weather conditions (rain, snow storms & strong winds) that I'm shooting in, and I have found the Bothy 2 to be perfect for this. If I want to take a break or need to work on camera gear the Bothy allows me to do it in a dry environment. Old school photographers just imagine a huge film changing bag, only its for humans.

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The Licensed Image


Licensed Images by ScenicNH Photography LLC

The Licensed Image – Above is a slideshow containing a selection of images relating to the environment that have been licensed for usage in various publications. I license images regularly through numerous venues and want to share some of them with you today. Print sales are not the primary focus of my business, so I did not include images that have been purchased as prints. If you can not see the above slideshow click here.

Even though the images are focused on the environment, you will notice the subject matter ranges greatly, and it is not just grand landscape scenes of New England being used in publications. I hope these images give new and aspiring photographers an idea on what is selling in the New England outdoor photography market.

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The Human Element in Photography

Human Element - A winter hiker ascends the Airline Trail during the winter months in extreme weather conditions in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
King Ravine – White Mountains of New Hampshire
 

The Human Element in 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 without the hiker and snowshoe tracks. It is easy to understand why mountaineers from all over the world flock to the White Mountains every winter. The landscape is beautiful!

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Camera Gear, Nature Photography

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Carter-Moriah Trail near the summit of Carter Dome in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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 margin so it is important to consider them when forming your business.

Below is a list of camera gear that will help put you in the right direction. I have also included my thoughts on each piece of gear. Please remember this is only the basics and more specialized gear will be beneficial as you advance in photography. The next photographer may disagree with my comments. 

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Freelance Nature Photography

Mount Washington from Mount Clay in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
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, but I do see the same mistakes made over and over by photographers just starting out.

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Winter Camera Protection, White Mountains

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Appalachian Trail - Extreme weather conditions near the summit of Mount Washington during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Crawford Path – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Winter Camera Protection, White Mountains – 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 using the Storm Jacket Covers*. These products act as covers for the camera and do a pretty good job at keeping the elements off the camera. The Storm Jacket covers are easy to put on and work well in all seasons. I use mine all the time when it is raining. 

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