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Reverse Your Thinking to Create Stunning Landscapes
by Don Smith
The art of seeing in my opinion
is a process which can be learned. I hear from many of my workshop participants
that they "don't have a lot of artistic ability." I tell them
"try reversing your thinking when in the field." Most amateurs tend
to think subject first while most pros think light. Personally I am drawn to
quality light and/or great color. In my visual process, subject ranks third on
the list. Let's take a look at the two styles and see which category works best
for you. READ MORE
Let's start by examining the traditional way most of us approach photographing
a landscape. We usually have a location, or a subject for that matter, which we
want to photograph. Many times we are either on vacation or in a location not
near our homes and we may simply want to make a record shot. This is thinking
"subject first." In other words the old Seals and Croft song:
"We May Never Pass This Way Again" plays in our brains and we simply
accept the light that Mother Nature is providing - we have no other choice. If
we have time in our busy schedules we may think early morning or late afternoon
light, but nevertheless, we accept the light that is there, the main intent is
recording the subject.
Copyright © 2008 Don Smith- All Rights Reserved
Don's interest in photography began in his high school
years while spending recreation time in the Sierra Mountains.
he discovered the work of Ansel Adams and began photographing and printing his
own Black and White images. He started working professionally in 1982 after
graduating from San Jose
program specializing in sports and landscape photography. He is currently co
team photographer for the San Jose
sharks NHL hockey team. In addition he conducts workshops and teaches as a guest instructor with the Gary Hart Photography Workshops. He lives in the Monterey
Bay area of California
with his wife, children and pets; close to the Big Sur and Sierra Mountains
landscapes he loves to photograph.
Learn More about Don Smiths articles and workshops by visiting his web site http://www.donsmithphotography.com
Underwater Photography on a Budget
By Jeff Cable
I just returned from a nice relaxing trip to Hawaii and, as always, I returned with a
whole lot of digital pictures. But, this time I came home with a different view
of Maui, pictures from below the surface of
In past trips with my family I have tried using a disposable film camera and
have always been disappointed with the pictures once they were developed. When
snorkeling, I would see beautifully vibrant fish with amazing shades of blues
and yellows and when I looked at my pictures, the images were washed out (no
pun intended) and boring.
This trip was different. I was armed with the new waterproof Pentax WPi digital
camera (www.pentax.com). For an
affordable $300, this point-and-shoot camera takes very good pictures in or out
of the water. This 6MP camera looks like most others but can be submerged in
water of up to 1.5 meters without worry. This also means that the camera can be
used in sandy areas (like the beach) and then simply washed off when you return
home. In the past I would avoid bringing a camera to the beach since I am
nervous about getting sand in the camera.
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Cable - All Rights Reserved
many photographers, Jeff Cable started shooting pictures for friends
and his hobby soon gained a following. He has photographed some of the
most famous athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked with some
of the top photographers in the United States and Canada.
is best known for his knowledge of technology and the combination of
the high-tech equipment and his eye for images. He embraced digital
cameras before it was widely accepted by the industry and has continued
to exploit the latest in technology to provide the best images with the
You can visit Jeff's webpage
Or..You can find Jeff's "How-To" articles featured at Lexar Media's Digital Photography web site at www.lexar.com/dp/tips_lessons/
Other Articles by Jeff Cable:
- Take a
closer look - The fun of macro photography
- Don't stop
shooting now - It's "The Golden Hour"!
Fast - The Rule of Numbers
- What is
the difference between a $300 lens and a $2000 lens?
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