Tag: Wild Animal Park
If It’s Not Composed, It’s Just a Snapshot
In the 2 weeks since I posted the announcement about Gloria Hopkins’ composition webinar, dozens of readers have clicked the link to Gloria’s site and read her article about turning a so-so photo into impactful art. This tells me many of you recognize the value of composition.
In the composite to the left, can you explain which is better and why? If you’re serious about photography, you need a grasp of what makes a photo compelling, impactful and/or aesthetically pleasing. The keys to excellence in photography are control, technique and composition. Here’s an article by Gloria that demonstrates her ability to organize, simplify and reduce complex concepts down to easy-to-grasp, mental maps that you can readily follow.
How many times have you wished you could ask an author what he or she meant by a certain phrase or passage? Hear Gloria explain compositional maps in her webinar. Webinars are like regular classrooms including questions, comments and answers on-the-fly. Don’t understand something? Just ask and Gloria will answer your specific question. It’s as if you’re in the room with Gloria.
Photography In & Around San Diego
Here’s Arbey (RV, get it?) in early evening light at Joshua Tree NP. Notice the moon just above and to the left of the rock. I keep telling myself I need to substitute a larger moon into this photo.
Anyway, I belong to a forum of similar RV owners. They plan to meet (Rally in RV jargon) in San Diego in May 2011. In a moment of weakness, I volunteered to teach a digital photography class at the rally. Since these rally attendees are more snapshooters than photographers, I thought a guide to San Diego area photo opportunities might be useful to them. And, what better way to develop such a list than through Monday Morning Tips?
It’s Midnight, Do You know Where Your Faces Are?
Photoshop Elements, since version 4, has had a cool feature called Face Tagging. It may not be exactly what you’re thinking but it’s still a neat feature to know about. Let’s say you’ve just returned from vacation where you stopped by Grandma & Grandpa’s as well as a visit to Yellowstone and a stop to see friends in your old hometown. When you download all your photos, you have a mixture of people, places, things, events and critters. Now, before you forget, you want to tag (identify) all the people so you can find the photos in the future.
Face Tagging will sort through the photos and find all photos with faces (people). Now, you can tag (ID) all the faces while it’s still fresh in your mind. It’s not likely you’ll forget Grandma and Grandpa’s face but, without Face Tagging, you’ll never find all the photos of them in the future when you want to remember that special visit.
I hope you enjoy the video and get some use out of it. If not, tell me what you want to see. More
Shoebill Stork Video
Anyone who’s taken a Wild Animal Park “Hands-On” Photoshoot with me knows of my fascination with the shoebill stork whom I’ve nicknamed “Fred”. He’s an interesting bird, not just for his massive beak but also because he almost seems to be observing the people who stop to view him. A friend and former student who is an aviculturist sent me this link.
Monday Morning Tip
The Digital Photo Guy Blog Gets a Facelift
This is the 6th year for this site. During the first 4 years, it was a static site that was rarely updated because making changes was excruciatingly slow, complex and costly. In 2008, I resolved to fix the problem and commissioned a web developer to develop a new site that I could easily and quickly update myself. He recommended WordPress and the initial implementation took just 6 weeks. As soon as he was done, I started making changes and quickly learned how to do just about everything by myself. I’m no rocket scientist but WordPress makes everything simple and straightforward.
Now, a year after the initial launch, a new static home page has replaced the previous dynamic home page. A dynamic home page was fine in the beginning but, now, with so many articles and posts, it was quickly becoming unwieldly. Readers couldn’t easily find the information they sought. A static home page can act as “street signs” to help point readers in the right direction. As you can see, some of the signs are still not working. That’s because all the MMTs, posts and articles weren’t always correctly or fully tagged.
Tagging the material at this time would be counter productive because each update would generate an e-mail notification of an update and readers wuld be innundated with e-mails.
Starting in 2010, I’ll be more careful about tagging each MMT, post and article so readers can quickly find all material pertaining to Cameras/Lenses/Gear, Photo Editing and Photography.
In the meantime, the existing tags (right side of main blog) can help you find specific articles or MMTs. You can also use the Seach box along the right side of the main blog.
A website is a never-ending process. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment here. Good light, good memories and good luck in 2010.