Thursday, November 20, 2014

New eBook – 53 Tips For Nature Photography

53 Tips For Nature Photography
In the last six years, we’ve published over 240 posts here on PhotoNaturalist. With each new post, it gets harder to dig through the older posts and find the ones you might be interested in. It’s one of the most common comments I get from new readers. So, I thought now was a good time to create a “best of PhotoNaturalist” eBook that contains all of our most popular posts (but only including posts written by me, because I do not have permission to resell other writers’ posts).

The eBook is 108 pages, and has 53 of my top posts. I determined the “top posts” by looking at traffic, and how much each post was shared on social media. I also tried to include a nice balance of subjects, so I separated the posts into four sections: general, landscape, wildlife, and close-up.

Table of Contents

53 Tips For Nature Photography

Click here to download the table of contents (PDF)

Why am I charging for this eBook?

Since all of these posts are already available freely on PhotoNaturalist, you might be wondering why I’m charging for this ebook.
Well, it took a lot of time to put this book together (and to get it formatted properly), and I think there’s value in having all of the top posts in one nice easy-to-consume format. This is also an opportunity to help support PN and ensure we can continue to run this site and publish free content, and stay away from splashing advertisements all over the site :)

Get the eBook now for just $8!

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The ebook is delivered as an Adobe PDF.

Also available on for Kindle!

Get the eBook on Amazon!
I’d be extremely grateful if you wrote a review for the book :)

About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Special eBook Deal - Behind the Action

Special eBook Deal - Behind the Action

"Last year, I released Behind The Action – Creating Adventure Imagery, Step By Step. It’s a hands-on how-to manual that lays out the exacts step and gear I used to create 12 specific adventure and outdoor type images. Essentially, it takes the reader along with me on a number of shoots and lets then look over my shoulder as I scout the location, gauge the light, choose my equipment, come up with an approach and execute the final image. I even show you a number of outtakes so that you can see how the final shot eventually came about."
"Behind the Action is the closest thing you’ll ever get to actually being there on a shoot with me and watching how I get my imagery. It’s a great way to learn, and right now, I’ll give you a very special price on the book. "

"Normal full price on this book is $24.95, but I really want you to have this ebook, because I know it can help you make better images, so I’ll offer it to you for a special price of only $16.95. This is a limited time deal, so don’t wait. You can see more info about the book here."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tack Sharp ebook


Tack Sharp: A Step By Step Guide To Nailing Focus (3rd Edition) $9.97

Tack Sharp is the ebook that started it all for my path as a photography educator. It has sold tens of thousands of copies on six different continents and is now in it’s third edition!

If you have ever struggled with getting consistently sharp images, this book will completely revolutionize your ability as a photographer. There is a laundry list of techniques and tricks that the pros use daily to get sharp images on purpose, and that’s what this ebook sets out to uncover. From back button focusing, to focus tracking, to single point AF, this ebook will demystify it all. So grab yourself a copy and take a huge leap forward in your photography. Be sure to scroll down and read what people are saying! Ebooks are great. They are cheap, short and full of great material that you can read in less than a day. At only $10, this ebook will pay for itself by the time you are done reading it. I truly believe that!

Xposure 02 - Click to read online magazine

Xposure 02 - Click to read this online magazine

  • David Noton explains his new strategy after seismic changes in stock photography.
  • Long exposure workshop with Steve Gosling.
  • Sarah Alsayegh's "rooftopper" view from the top of Kuwait's skyscrapers.
  • Get close-up with David Ward in his Composition Masterclass.

Xposure Issue 01 Highlights
  • Influential photographer Colin Prior in the isolated and epic landscape of the Karakoram.
  • Craig Roberts goes urban and gets inspired.
  • Anatomy of a Landscape - three top photographers take apart their shots.
  • Composition Masterclass with Jonathan Chritchley.
  • And plenty more to whet your photographic appetite.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now

I like this article, too many people keep putting this off, waiting for their hair to look good or for them to loose x pounds. Kids grow up FAST. Photograph them NOW. 

4 Reasons to Capture Images of You and Your Child Together Right Now

"Sometimes you have to get on the other side of the camera, and let someone else be the photographer for a minute. Even if you weren’t planning on being in photos that day, just do it. It doesn’t matter if your hair is perfect. It doesn’t matter if you wore the most flattering outfit. It doesn’t matter if you meant to lose five pounds first. Just get in there."

"One day that baby boy you’re holding in your arms is going to tower over you. He’ll have big man hands, and his voice will be deep and strong. You’ll have a hard time believing that there was a time when his teeny fingers couldn’t even wrap all the way around your fingers. Make sure to capture the little details. Those little faces, hands, and feet are so adorable when contrasted with a parent’s hands."

"I hope these four reasons will encourage you to be in more photos with your children. You will never ever regret these precious moments captured forever."

Melinda Smith was born to be a teacher. She teaches violin lessons and fitness classes, as well as photography classes and mentoring. She lives on a mini farm in Eastern Utah with her camera, husband, kids, chickens, horses, bunnies, dogs, and cats. Visit her at Melinda Smith Photography.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

“Black & White Photography” guide

Kent DuFault, wrote this “Black & White Photography” guide

“A properly crafted black & white image wields much power. It does this by forcing our brain to see details that it might otherwise overlook in a color image.”

Here’s some of what you’ll learn-

    • What is a monochromatic image?

    • Understanding tone versus color.

    • Should you create your black & white image in camera?

    • How to use your image processing software as a darkroom.

    • How colored filters adjust tone.

    • Using tint for mood and emotional impact.

This guide is free, and it’s waiting for you in your locker:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This changes everything -- "allows you to re-focus images after taking them, as well as alter perspective "

This changes everything --

"allows you to re-focus images after taking them, as well as alter perspective "

Lytro Illum Professional Light Field Camera Review - The Lytro Illum is a new professional Light Field Camera that lets you create "Living pictures" that can be re-focused after shooting.

Lytro Illum (4)

"At the heart of the Lytro Illum is the Lytro Light Field Sensor that features a micro-lens array made up of thousands of tiny lenses designed to record and measure light from multiple directions. Developed by Ren Ng, founder of Lytro, the Light Field Technology is what allows you to re-focus images after taking them, as well as alter perspective "

"A number of learning videos are provided on the Lytro website to help you get the best from the camera, and in many ways you will need to rethink how you take photographs and what you are taking photographs of. If you mostly take landscape shots where everything is on a single focal plane (all the same distance away from you, or at infinity focus) then you will not see much benefit in using the Lytro Illum. Instead, you would be best using the Lytro Illum for close-ups, portraits, or environmental photos where there are a number of elements in different distances and positions in the photo."

"In playback on the camera, you can change the focus point simply by pressing the area on the screen. Using the camera connected to an iOS device, over Wi-Fi, you can alter the aperture to give a shallow depth of field or have the whole photo in focus, as well as alter the perspective view. "

Lytro Illum Professional Light Field Camera Review

Monday, November 10, 2014

Conquering Lightroom’s Import Window

Conquering Lightroom’s Import Window

"Creating a file structure that makes sense to you saves time when you need to quickly find an image. Conquering Lightroom’s Import Window is a simple concept that is cross platform, for both Windows and Mac systems, and isn’t limited to Lightroom."


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

“A Day With David Middleton” Sunday, November 16th.

“A Day With David Middleton” Sunday, November 16th.

Shooters Gallery Photography Group
We’re happy to be welcoming David back for another full-day seminar on Sunday, November 16th.

During this seminar David’s focus will be, in part, on his travels to Uganda. His images from Uganda are aimed at telling the story of the living conditions and desperation of many of the people living there. David’s will share his techniques, along with technical information, which will help you better capture the true feeling of a location during your travels.

The afternoon of David’s visit will be a critiquing session during which everyone will have the chance to have at least one of their images “discussed”. David is known for his excellent, lively critiques which are an excellent opportunity for learning how to better your photography.

Here is the schedule for the day:
8:00am: Doors open for check-in
9:00am-10:00am: “Uganda – Photographing the Good, the Bad the Desperate”
10:10am-11:00am: Uganda – Behind the Scenes”
11:05am-12:00pm: “Maine Coast Memories”
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch (Included in registration fee)
1:00pm-3:00pm: A Lively Critiquing Session with David

(The morning sessions may be modified in order to make best use of the time frame.)

Please register at the bottom of this page.

David Middleton is a nationally recognized professional nature photographer, writer and naturalist. His philosophy is to photograph whatever he finds attractive and then think about trying to sell it. This has led him to photograph subjects and places as disparate as harbors, wildflower meadows, large mammals, small birds, forests, quaint villages, indigenous markets and people and mountain streams.

David has produced 10 books including: Ancient Forests, The New Key to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Prayers through the Seasons, American Vision, The Nature of America, the largest nature photography book project ever undertaken, which he created, co-directed, contributed photographs to and wrote. His new books are The Nature of Vermont and The Photographer’s Guide to Vermont, The Photographer’s Guide to the Maine Coast and The Photographer’s Guide to the Oregon Coast all published by The Countryman Press a division of W.W. Norton.

(This event is sponsored by The Shooters Gallery Photography Group and Photo Connection Of Colchester).

Date: Sunday, November 16th
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salem Gardner Lake Firehouse
Event Fee: $25.00
As Always … Great Door Prizes!
Register for "A Day With David Middleton