Flashback to the Past

I've been doing wildlife photography for over three years now, and recently I've been going through my older photos to transfer them to discs and store them off of my hard drive. It's crazy to see how my photography skills have changed and to find hidden gems that I never published before. This photo is… Continue reading Flashback to the Past

Post-processing vs. Photoshopping

Post-processing and Photoshopping are two different types of photo editing. These editing modes are often mistaken for one another and the fact that both use the same program, Adobe Photoshop, does not help matters. This confusion between the processing has led to the "straight out of camera" movement on Instagram and Facebook groups. Post-processing is… Continue reading Post-processing vs. Photoshopping

What Are Invasive Species?

"Invasive species" or "introduced species" are terms that are used frequently in conservation circles. If you've heard these sayings before; perhaps, you heard it on a news broadcast or saw it on a sign. Maybe they were talking about a tree, a weed, a fish, or a bird. In all of these cases, the same… Continue reading What Are Invasive Species?

Bird Blinds Are Wildlife Photographers Friends

When looking at a map for a larger park, you may notice a pair of binoculars. When you look at the legend, it may say "Bird Blind" or "Wildlife Viewing." If you are a photographer, these places are well worth checking out. Observation areas are not all equipped for photographers. I've been to many wildlife… Continue reading Bird Blinds Are Wildlife Photographers Friends

Sometimes It’s Fun To Just Watch

Wildlife Photography is often about being ready to capture that perfect shot. You're eagerly peering through the viewfinder at your subject, and your finger is on the shutter release. You're tense, nervous, and excited. The shutter clicks and soon the animal takes off. Sometimes though, it's nice to sit back and enjoy watching your subject… Continue reading Sometimes It’s Fun To Just Watch

Keep an Eye on the Parents

Springtime is great for photographing young animals. Whether you're on the lookout for fawns, owlets, ducklings, or goslings, this is the time of year to find them. Different ecosystems are host to each of these young ones. But, they all share a common factor, protective parents. Youtube is rife with videos of people tangling with… Continue reading Keep an Eye on the Parents

Conservation Efforts Do Work

Trumpeter Swans are one of North America's great conservation stories. Through the 1800s, hunters prioritized Trumpeter Swans for their feathers and meat. Hunting combined with habitat destruction led to the near demise of the species. Bird Surveys of the Continental US in the 1930s were only able to locate 69 swans in Red Rock Lakes… Continue reading Conservation Efforts Do Work

Watch Your Lighting

Wintertime in Iowa means that your light conditions are constantly changing. There have been times where I have seen the weather change from cloudy to sunny and back in a matter of minutes. There are also many days that are overcast, and it is hard to draw out the details in your photography subjects. Elements… Continue reading Watch Your Lighting

Nature’s Heroes

Wildlife Photography is full of crazy adventures. Maybe one day, you're sitting in a hunting blind waiting for ducks to fly or swim in. The next day involves walking through the woods searching for owls. These are regular days for a wildlife photographer, but sometimes you come across something you didn't expect: an animal in… Continue reading Nature’s Heroes

What Does the Little Bird Eat?

If you want pictures of wildlife, it helps to know what they want. Generally, it is easiest to catch small birds if they are willing to come to bird feeders. A great way to practice your photography and to get used to new gear is to set up near a set of bird feeders or… Continue reading What Does the Little Bird Eat?

Know Your Subject

Whether you are a beginner or an expert at wildlife photography, you will always benefit from learning more about the animals that you want to photograph. Simple information like what eco-systems a species is more likely to be found in or what times of the year you're more likely to see a species are essential… Continue reading Know Your Subject

Networking is Your Friend

No matter what your hobbies are, it is always great to network with others that share that passion. Networking can be as simple as hanging out with friends or as complicated as attending a large convention dedicated to your hobby. When looking for networking opportunities, the best place to start is at the local stores… Continue reading Networking is Your Friend

Go Play in the Snow

I am not a big fan of going out into the aftermath of the cold, wet, winter snows. Unfortunately for me, those can be some of the best times for photography. When the sun is shining on the snow, it can highlight the beauty of different birds and objects. The contrast between the snow and… Continue reading Go Play in the Snow

What Do You Listen To While You Work?

Photography is a lot of work. You start by researching what you want to shoot. Then you have to find that perfect location that has the landscape, wildlife, or background that you envisioned. Then you get to work: setting up your equipment, checking your lighting, and taking your photos. Then comes the hardest part. Taking… Continue reading What Do You Listen To While You Work?

Shades of Brown

The colors found in a picture can make it or break it. Sometimes, when out on a shoot it's hard to tell if a photo will have those rich color tones that will stand out from the crowd. This photo is one that I was not sure about until I got it off the camera… Continue reading Shades of Brown

Support Your Local Camera Stores

With so much information available at our fingertips and the ability to purchase an item with one click, it is important to remember to support our local businesses. This is especially true in niche markets like photography. Des Moines has a wonderful resource for photographers in Christian Photo. They are active participants in the community… Continue reading Support Your Local Camera Stores

Clouds Can Make The Picture

Landscape photography is a fun art that is uniquely dependent on the weather and season. The same landscape will look completely different with a gentle snow falling or the trees just beginning to blossom. One element that is very hard to pin down in Iowa is the right cloud cover. If the sky is cloudless,… Continue reading Clouds Can Make The Picture

Midweek Madness Sale

If you love owls and are looking for some new wall art, I've got just the thing for you. I'm running a promotion on the 16" x 20" canvas print of a Northern Saw-whet Owl. This print is regularly listed at $98.10. Right now, you can get it for $65.00. This sale runs through Sunday… Continue reading Midweek Madness Sale

Don’t Settle for a Snapshot

Landscape photography is vastly different from wildlife photography, as I have come to learn. This is not only because of the difference in subject matter. In wildlife photography, you are often at the mercy of the whims of the animal that you are trying to photograph. Sometimes, they fly or move away from that perfect… Continue reading Don’t Settle for a Snapshot

Winter Canvas Sale

With local wind chills expected to reach the -40s tomorrow, it's a good time to remind ourselves that winter can be beautiful. With this spirit in mind, I'm running a promotion on the 20" x 16" canvas print of a Trumpeter Swan flapping its wings. This print is regularly listed at $98.10. Right now, you… Continue reading Winter Canvas Sale

Play With Monochrome

Sometimes nature and the seasons are not your friends when it comes to photography. This is especially true in Iowa during the summer when photographing near water. Once the temperature rises, algae start to bloom in the waterways and can destroy a beautiful picture. All hope is not lost though and this picture is a… Continue reading Play With Monochrome

Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

If you are a photographer interested in wildlife, you should always be aware of what is around you. This is especially true when photographing young animals. The parents are often close by and may decide that you are a danger to their young. Knowing a species signs of aggravation may save you and your gear… Continue reading Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

Brilliant Colors

My favorite thing about spring migration (other than the massive number of birds) is the brilliant plumage on the males. Wood Ducks are especially beautiful to see but can be quite skittish. That's where urban ponds and lakes can come into play. Birds that frequent these waters are generally more used to having humans close… Continue reading Brilliant Colors