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22

Jan

How to Pursue Outdoor Photography with a Disability

How to Pursue Outdoor Photography with a Disability

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In my latest article, “How to Pursue Outdoor Photography with a Disability” I discuss going through a health crisis as a pro photographer or a hobbyist, it is an issue, which is rarely discussed. I decided to write this article, as this is a matter very close to my heart. I want to address two major issues, first, is my nature/wildlife photography career over? And second, how can I work around my disability and continue to pursue my passion?

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22

Oct

How to Use Shutter Speed Creatively

How to Use Shutter Speed Creatively

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In my latest article, “How to Use Shutter Speed Creatively” I discuss how to take your photography to the next level and get creative while working with various shutter speeds. Bringing creativity into your photography helps you stretch your imagination and at the same time brings freshness to your work.

Please visit https://visualwilderness.com/articles to read my latest article as well as other great articles by my colleagues for tips and techniques.

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21

Jun

Selective Noise Reduction in Photoshop

Photographing birds is not an easy task. Neither is post-processing which presents its own set of challenges (such as noise reduction). How do you manage to make that silky smooth background look noise-free without losing any details in birds feather? In the following video, Gaurav Mittal shows you how to use Photoshop to selectively apply noise reduction.

Please visit https://visualwilderness.com/articles to see my latest video tutorial as well as other great articles by my colleagues for tips and techniques.

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02

May

Creating a Selection for Wildlife Photos

When it comes to post-processing your wildlife photos, the first step is the ability to use a selection to isolate your subject from its background. This isolation allows you to apply different post-processing strategies for your subject and your background. It also requires complex selection techniques that are best implemented in Photoshop. In the following video, Gaurav Mittal gives you some hints on how to create these selections.

Please visit https://visualwilderness.com/articles to see my latest video tutorial as well as other great articles by my colleagues for tips and techniques.

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24

Sep

Post Processing Bird Images Workflow Video

In this video, I share with you my workflow for effective post processing bird images and noise reduction and sharpening applied. The video is also available for viewing on the Visual Wilderness website where I’m a regular contributor.

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06

Jul

Creating an Emotional Impact With Images

When I photograph birds, I have one sole intention: I want my audience not only to look carefully at the images but stop, spend some time with them, and be truly curious about them. Images that generate an emotion involve a thought process and must be carefully planned ahead of time. While staging birdshots is one way of doing this, I personally prefer to do it in a natural environment. There are many ways of creating impact with images; in this post, I will be sharing my thoughts on the story telling, mood, composition and techniques that create this impact.

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26

Mar

Backgrounds Can Make or Break Bird Images

As a bird photographer, I always prefer to see birds perched or flying against colorful backgrounds that accentuate their beauty. As beautiful as birds are, in bird photography that almost amounts to nothing if one does not take into consideration that it is in the hands of the photographer to bring birds to life thru carefully crafted images. I say this because to most people birds are a distant moving or sitting subjects. Many photographers go into a shooting spree when they see a bird, often not taking into consideration about the background behind it. By virtue of considering and practicing the following concepts, your bird images can go from looking ordinary to spectacular. Read more…

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22

Feb

Bird Photography Tips: Shooting Action

In an interview with the team of Visual Wilderness, I share some valuable bird photography tips and talk about making action images.

Bird Photography Tips, Sandhill Crane, birds in flight

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29

Dec

Canon 7D Mark II Review

Canon 7D Mark II Review

 

Introduction

Three years ago when I got very serious about bird photography, I knew I needed to upgrade from my first DSLR the Canon 50D to something better. After a thorough research, I decided to invest in the Canon 7D, which had a slightly faster frame rate and being an APS-C camera with a crop sensor, gave me more effective focal length. Increased focal length is always a driving force for a bird photographer when considering a camera.  Equipped with my 7D and the 500mm lens, in December of 2011, I headed to Bosque, New Mexico. After two days of shooting with the 7D, much to my dismay I found that the ISO related noise handling was extremely poor, causing the images to suffer badly, it was surprising that even at very low ISO, images seemed to appear as if high ISO settings were used. The autofocus was also sluggish.

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05

Dec

Scouting Early for Bird Photography Workshop in Bharatpur

I have recently just completed a first round scouting visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park in preparation for my first bird photography workshop in Bharatpur in late January. I’m clearly excited about leading this workshop, the images below provide a good idea on what to expect in Bharatpur. Clearly there are vast opportunities to come away with lifetime of memories and learning experience.  It is a joy to visit Bharatpur as each visit provides a unique sense and feel to the place.

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