Nature Photography Workshop – OSU Mansfield Ohio Campus

CAPTURING NATURE’S WONDERS
Photography Workshop – OSU – Mansfield Ohio
October 15, 2016 – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

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I am excited. My nature photography workshop in Ohio is next month.

Come spend a fun, exciting, action-packed day learning how to take your photography to the next level. In the intensive classroom explorations you will learn the steps that make the difference between ordinary snapshots and extraordinary images. Minutes later you will be practicing those steps with your own camera. Learn the secrets of the pros and apply their tips and techniques to create your own eye-popping images.

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Colorado Fall Color Travel Guide

Mt. Sneffels from County Road 7 - Dallas Creek. October 3.

Mt. Sneffels and the Sneffels Range from County Road 7 (East Dallas Creek), Colorado. October 3, 2014.

Welcome to my Colorado fall color travel guide with 104 photos and 17 maps. I cover some of the best known fall color locations in Colorado, and one real gem of a road that is mostly unknown to photographers and leaf peepers. Spend anywhere from a weekend to three weeks exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies at a gorgeous time of year.

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Remembering 9/11


Photo by James Nachtwey for TIME magazine.

On this date, fifteen years ago, we experienced a great national tragedy in the United States. Not only in the lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks, the families torn asunder, and the emergency responders who suffered terrible health problems as a result of working at the scene – but also in the way we view ourselves and our world.

In remembrance of that day, and to honor the lives that were lost, I am posting some tributes.

My Image as Tiana Hunter’s Facebook Profile Picture

August 11 screen capture from Tiana Hunter's Facebook page.

August 11 screen capture from Tiana Hunter’s Facebook page.

For several weeks (from August 11 until this afternoon, September 9) professional model Tiana Hunter has been using an image from our most recent photo shoot as her profile image on Facebook. She is a first class professional model, one of the best I have ever worked with, so it gives me a great deal of professional satisfaction to have her appreciate my work.

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Batch Registering Photos with the U.S. Copyright Office

636 photos batch registered with the U.S. Copyright Office

636 photos batch registered with the U.S. Copyright Office

I recently batch registered a bunch of photos with the U.S. copyright Office. Once again the process has been changed slightly to make the process slightly less complicated. That doesn’t mean the process has become simple and if you haven’t registered photos with the copyright office some guidance is especially helpful before you try this the first time.

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Total Immersion Nature Photography Weekend in Beautiful Northern Michigan

Michigan Photography Workshop

This is an earlier date for this workshop than in prior years so we are announcing this now. Come spend a fun and exciting weekend learning how to take your nature photography to the next level. The weekend is May 26-28, 2017 at Park of the Pines on beautiful Lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan with an optional all day field trip to Michigan’s U.P. on Monday, May 29.

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A Road Trip to All of the National Parks in the “Lower 48″ States

Travel Route to 47 U.S. National Parks by Randy Olson. A larger version of this map is farther down the page.

So you wake up one morning with the crazy notion you might want to go on a road to all 47 of the U.S. national parks in the contiguous 48 states. Setting aside the sanity of such a project, how would you go about it? And what if you only want to go to some of these parks?

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The National Park Service is 100 Years Old Today. Go Celebrate!

Images from Denali, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Parks.

Images from Denali, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Parks.

The National Park Service is 100 years old as of today. The NPS was established August 25, 1916 to manage the national parks that were already in existence plus any parks to be created. Go out and celebrate by taking pictures. Plan a trip this year to one of our national parks. Take your camera and create images at some of the most spectacular locations in North America.

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Colorado Fall Color Travel Guide

Aspen and Evergreens, Marshall Pass, Colorado. September 25, 1990

Aspen and Evergreens, Marshall Pass, Colorado. September 25, 1990.

UPDATE: The most recent and updated version of this article is here.

Welcome to my Colorado fall color travel guide with 103 photos and 17 maps. I cover some of the best known fall color locations in Colorado, and one real gem of a road that is mostly unknown to photographers and leaf peepers. Spend anywhere from a weekend to two weeks exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies at a gorgeous time of year.

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Sigma 150-600mm vs Tamron 150-600mm vs Canon 100-400mm Mark II

Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary Comparison to Canon. Photo by The Digital Picture

Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary Comparison to Canon. Photo by The Digital Picture

So you want a longer lens and can’t decide which one to get. There are several good options and one of them might be better for you in particular. What about resolution? Do you want to be at 600mm most of the time or just some of the time? Does it matter if the zoom and focus rings turn in Canon’s direction or Nikon’s? What about size,  weight, and cost?

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The One Minute Photo Shoot

I walked out the door after church Sunday and was greeted by perfect portrait light thanks to a big cloud over the sun. I love spontaneous shoots and I have been shooting this young woman since she was three years old (along with the rest of her family).

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Don’t get ripped off!

You order a set of lenses expecting to pay $29. Your credit card gets charged several times that amount and you get socked with an outrageous $85.00 shipping charge. You find out later you could buy the same lenses at Amazon for less than $10. You’ve been ripped off.

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