The Great American Eclipse Series

NASA: The Total Solar Eclipse Of March 20, 2015

The Great American Eclipse will cross the United States August 21, 2017. This is the best total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 38 years. This series of articles is your guide to the best information about the eclipse. As of today, June 26, 2017, there are three articles. More will be added later.

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Maps: The “Great American Eclipse” Totality Path from Oregon to South Carolina, August 21, 2017

Oregon and Idaho. Click for a larger version.

This series of four maps show the path of the totality across the United States for the “Great American Eclipse”, August 21, 2017. The goal for the longest view of the total eclipse is to get as close as possible to the center of the totality path. If you are outside the path of totality you will not see a total eclipse. For more information, read How to Find, View, and Photograph the “Great American Eclipse” – August 21, 2017, my comprehensiveness guide to the eclipse information.

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How to Find, View, and Photograph the “Great American Eclipse” – August 21, 2017

This is your comprehensive guide to the best information on the Great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017. This is the best total eclipse of the sun in the United States in 38 years. The path of totality will cross the entire country from Oregon to South Carolina. This handy guide will help you find a prime location to view and photograph the eclipse. Planning ahead is key

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Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance App for iPhones and iPads

Simple DoF app for iPhone and iPad

My favorite depth of field app for the iPhone and iPad is the “Simple DoF Calculator” by Dennis van den Berg. It is fast, accurate, and simple to use. Best of all – you can set the Circle of Confusion (CoC) to the value of your choosing. In this screen capture of my iPhone the app is marked with a red square.

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20 More Movies About Photography That Every Photographer Should Watch

“The Bang Bang Club”

One good movie list deserves another.

If you want to know what conflict photography is like, I highly recommend The Bang Bang Club, based on the autobiographical book of the same name. It is about four photographers in South Africa who risked their lives to photograph the deadly conflicts during apartheid. Two of them received the Pulitzer Prize for their work.

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40 Movies About Photography Every Photographer Should Watch

Hitchcock's "Rear Window"

Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”

You love photography and you love watching movies. How about watching a movie that is about the art of photography? Some of these movies are feature length films and some of them are documentaries about individual photographers or photography in general. The movies on this list that I have watched are very good. I need to check out the rest.

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Total Immersion Nature Photography Workshop in Northern Colorado

Are you ready to take your nature and wildlife photography to the next level? Are you ready to learn the professional secrets that make the difference between good images and great images? Are you ready for a high intensity, action packed, total immersion photography experience? Come to Estes Park Colorado, September 22-25, 2017 and hone your photography skills in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Video: The Story Behind Robert Capa’s D-Day Photos

John Morris, Capa’s London photo editor, tells the story behind Robert Capa’s D-Day photos, including the terrible darkroom mistake that ruined most of the photos. The high resolution video is best viewed full screen. You can see a contact sheet of the nine surviving negatives (ripped sprocket holes and all), Capa’s photo notes, and hear the story of the rush to get the prints back to the U.S. for publication in Life more. Fascinating imagery.

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Robert Capa and D-Day, June 6, 1944

Robert Capa and D-Day, June 6, 1944

Robert Capa: Normandy. June 6th, 1944. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach.

Robert Capa: Normandy. June 6th, 1944.

June 6, 1944 was the allied invasion of Normandy, the largest seaborne invasion in history. 24,000 allied troops parachuted into France shorty after midnight. The next morning beginning at 6:30 am over 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landed. There were 10,000 casualties and 4,414 confirmed dead.

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Northern Michigan Photography Workshop

It takes a lot of gear to lead a photography workshop. iPhone photo.

It takes a lot of gear to lead a photography workshop. iPhone photo.

I’ve been in Northern Michigan for the last several days leading a photography workshop. It takes a lot of gear. Laptop, two digital projectors, video player, a stereo sound system, 16×24 display prints, loaner closeup equipment so everyone can do closeup photography that doesn’t have closeup gear, my favorite nature photography books so people can look through them and see what they might want to buy in the future as their skills increase, copies of my photography book, collapsible fabric 18% grey cards so they can do a custom white balance settings in the field, shutter speed charts, hyperfocal distance charts, three different exposure guides, and more. Oh, almost forgot, my own photography equipment.

How to Get the Best Results from the Best Online Photo Labs

Online Labs Rated

The lab you choose and the kind of file you send to your lab can make a big difference in the quality of print you get back.

How do you pick a good online photo lab? How do you get the best results from your lab? What color space should you use for your digital files and how do you convert your files to the right color space? How big a print can you make from your digital files?

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Total Immersion Nature Photography Weekend in Beautiful Northern Michigan

Michigan Photography Workshop

Are you ready to take your nature and wildlife photography to the next level? Are you ready to learn the professional secrets that make the difference between good images and great images? Are you ready for a high intensity, action packed, total immersion photography weekend? Come to Park of the Pines on beautiful Lake Charlevoix May 26-28, 2017.

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The Best National Parks to Photograph in Spring

 Ocotillo. Big Bend National Park. Texas.

Ocotillo. Big Bend National Park, Texas.

If I could go on a fabulous spring photography trip to the national parks of my choice, with no time limit and all expenses paid, which ones would I pick? Here are my choices, grouped by state from west to east. This list includes the favorites I have been to and want to go back to again, plus the ones I haven’t seen and most want to photograph.

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How to Photograph Double Arch at Night

Double Arch at Night, Arches National Park

Double Arch at Night, Arches National Park. Click for a larger version.

Bob, my brother-in-law, and I were in the Double Arch/Windows area at Arches National Park. As we made our way down the trail we saw two red lights in the distance. It was our guess it was the red lights on the back of two cameras, glowing in the darkness during long time exposures.

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GPS Variations in Google Earth’s Timed Satellite Images

The tripod is at the camera location for the GPS camera test. Buddhist Temple, Keller Texas.

The tripod is at the camera location for the four camera GPS test in the previous article. Buddhist Temple, Keller Texas.

Over a period of time Google Earth records multiple satellite images of the same area. You can cycle through those images. You would think the same identical GPS coordinates would show up on the same location in the images as you go back through time, but that is not the case.

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Well Done, April!

April, Oliver, and one very wobbly legged calf. This is a screen capture from the live feed video. Like countless other people this morning, I watched live feed video of the birth. Fascinating.

April the Giraffe! Finally!

Screen Capture, April the Giraffe.

Screen Capture, April the Giraffe.

Posted at 8:56 am EDT, April 15. Two front hooves and part of the legs are out. Here’s the live feed video:

http://www.10tv.com/article/watch-live-april-giraffe-prepares-give-birth-ny-zoo-updated

Total Immersion Nature Photography Workshop – OSU, Mansfield Ohio Campus

Total Immersion Nature Photography Workshop
OSU – Mansfield Ohio
May 6, 2016 – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

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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Wild Turkey: DSLR vs iPhone

DSLR vs iPhone

DSLR (left) vs iPhone (right)

Every once in a while I am asked if smartphones are replacing DSLRs. The answer varies with the photographer but for many photographers the answer is no. This pair of photos says it all. There are still some things smartphones just can’t do, at least not right now.

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