Posts Tagged: tips and tricks

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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February, New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park - Walking path near Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge during the winter months in Lincoln, New Hampshire, USA (ScenicNH Photography LLC | Erin Paul Donovan)
Franconia Notch State Park – Lincoln, NH

February, New Hampshire – When shooting for the ScenicNH Photography archive I find self assignments and a little direction to be very beneficial. On top of my everyday shooting, I try to focus on one subject every month that is connected to the environment.

Examples of past subjects I have focused on include extreme weather, backcountry camping impact, and trail stewardship. This approach has allowed me to build an extensive, marketable and profitable image archive of the White Mountains. The subject for this month is "snowshoe tracks", see some shots below.

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Image Editing, Delete It

Hiker standing on rock in morning fog along Cedar Brook during the summer months in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This area was part of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, which was a logging railroad which operated from 1893 - 1948.
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 I usually post and share with you images that are just plain terrible. I hope you enjoy this lighthearted post on image editing.

The above shot of the hiker standing in Cedar Brook in the Pemigewasset Wilderness moved his arms right when the shutter button was triggered. I like the scene and set-up, but find the arm movement distracting and it ruins the shot. I am deleting this image.

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Sunrise & Sunset Photography

Sunset from Bald Mountain – White Mountains, New Hampshire  

Sunrise & Sunset Photography, New Hampshire – The setting sun and orange sky looks cool and get lots of attention on social media sites, but reality is the photography market is flooded with this kind of imagery. Don’t get me wrong every outdoor photographer in the world has these kind of shots on file, but the truth of the matter is these scenes have little market value. A simple solution to make these type of scenes more marketable – look away from the rising or setting sun and look for an interesting scene.

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Tripod & Hiking

How to get sharper images? A common question every photographer is asked. Pemigewasset Wilderness - Tripod on rocks along the North Fork East Branch Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The Pemi Wilderness is one of the best places to hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Bulky & Heavy Tripod On Rock

How to get sharper images? A common question photographers are asked. I have noticed that most people asking this question are carrying tiny plastic tripods that weigh only ounces. Can you imagine putting a six pound camera on a flimsy plastic tripod in 10 mile per hour winds on the open ridge? I wouldn't do it..

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