Frank Gallagher Photography: Blog http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Frank Gallagher Photography (Frank Gallagher Photography) Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:38:00 GMT Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:38:00 GMT http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u633582664-o721304743-50.jpg Frank Gallagher Photography: Blog http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog 80 120 Don’t Be That Guy: A Guide to Ethical Nature Photography http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/6/don-t-be-that-guy-a-guide-to-ethical-nature-photography  

Entering a Wildlife Sanctuary signEntering a Wildlife SanctuaryEntering a Wildlife Sanctuary. Follow the rules!

You don’t want to be that guy.  The one who goes off-trail, trampling vegetation.  The one who’s feeding the wild animals or trying to take a selfie with them.  The one who hops out to the edge of the canyon rim for that epic selfie.  The one who’s oblivious to the fact that he’s ruining other people’s photos with his antics or the litter he’s dropping.  That’s where some ethical guidelines and a little common sense can help. Read more.

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Zeroing In:  5 Tips to Find the Subject for Your Composition http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/6/zeroing-in-5-tips-to-find-the-subject-for-your-composition  

Ever come back from a beautiful location and find yourself disappointed in your photos?  The culprit might be your composition.  Beyond the “rules of composition,” these 5 tips will help you learn a process to zero in on a winning subject on which to base your composition.  

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What Does the GDPR Mean for Photographers? http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/6/what-does-the-gdpr-mean-for-photographers

You have probably received a few emails from companies about their new privacy policies and compliance with GDPR (the European General Data Privacy Regulation), which went into effect on May 25, 2018.  This regulation harmonizes and strengthens personal data protections across the European Union and European Economic Area.  It also promises to provide greater transparency over how businesses and organizations use and store customer data.  Does it have any impact on photographers?  What if your photography business isn’t located in Europe?  Read on for the answers.

 

 

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What is AE / AF Lock on an iPhone? (And how does that help my pictures?) http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/6/what-is-ae-/-af-lock-on-an-iphone-and-how-does-that-help-my-pictures Screenshot

The camera in your smart phone is a remarkable piece of technology, but it’s not perfect.  There are times when you must take control and tell it what to do.  One of the easiest ways to do this is by using AF/AE-Lock.  While I’ll mostly cover photography, the same points hold true for videographers, too.  And, while my examples are from iPhones, Android phone cameras also have AF/AE-L.  Read more.

 

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What the heck is AE-Lock? What does it do? Is it something I should be using and, if so, when? This article will cover the ins and outs of what you need to know about Auto Exposure Lock.  

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Teaching Photography: 5 Things You Must Consider http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/6/teaching-photography-5-things-you-must-consider Teaching PhotographyTeaching Photography

So, you think you can teach photography? It's not as easy as it sounds. Let’s take a look at the opportunities, the challenges and the rewards of sharing your knowledge and love of photography through teaching.  Read more.

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7 Great Photography Documentaries with a Message http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/4/7-great-photography-documentaries-with-a-message

My wife and I were recently watching a documentary about two photographers collaborating on a fascinating project.  It got me wondering about other documentaries about photographers and photography.  Which ones give you more than a biography of the artist?  Which ones raise interesting questions about life, relationships, and our purpose on this planet?  Which ones raise big ideas and challenge the viewer’s thinking?

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5 Tips to Prepare for a Photo Workshop http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/4/5-tips-to-prepare-for-a-photo-workshop

You’re looking forward to going to a workshop and coming back with lots more photography knowledge and some killer images. Doing a few, pretty simple things before you leave can dramatically increase your enjoyment during the workshop, and the amount of knowledge, skills and great photos you’ll come back with.

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What Photographers Need to Know About Insurance http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/4/what-photographers-need-to-know-about-insurance

There are many reasons to have some kind of photography insurance and just about as manyinsurance products. Some policies are specifically targeted at photographers and some are more general purpose. Which is right for you?

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Four Ways Negative Space Can Improve Your Photography http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/2/four-ways-negative-space-can-improve-your-photography Fog on Lake MacDonaldA foggy morning on Lake MacDonald provides a moody negative space around the boat.

Space is one of the primary design elements in art (along with line, color, form, shape, texture and value).  The thoughtful use of negative space can add another dimension to your photography.  In this article, we’ll explore negative space, what it means and how we can best use it.

Positive & Negative Space

If there’s a negative space, then there must be a positive space, too, right?  Understanding the positive helps us understand the negative.  Positive space is most often the subject of your photo:  the eagle in flight, the mountain, the flower, the person.  Positive space is the extrovert, pushing forward, trying to grab your attention and saying “Look at me!  Look at me!”  It is what draws your eye, the star of the show.

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How to Get Started in Conservation Photography http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-get-started-in-conservation-photography

As photographers, we have a special appreciation for the landscapes, buildings and animals, as well as the people and cultures we encounter as we travel the world.  For many of us, those are our subjects and may even provide our livelihood.  Unfortunately, many species, places, cultures and buildings are under threat from development, neglect, disease, pollution and other perils.  Here’s an area where we, as photographers, can make a difference.  As a storytelling medium, photography (and videography) can educate, document, raise awareness and spur people to take action.

Read more at:  https://improvephotography.com/51915/get-started-conservation-photography/

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10 Stores to Buy Cameras from, and Which Is Best http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/2/10-stores-to-buy-cameras-from-and-which-is-best

So, you’ve been scrimping and saving for that new camera/lens/tripod/must-have-gear and now the money is burning a hole in your pocket.  Who gets your hard-earned money?  What are the best stores for buying cameras and why?

This article looks at ten of the most well-known camera retailers in the US, what sets each apart, and which are my favorites.  Like any list, the results will be idiosyncratic.  Your preferences and needs may leave you with a different favorite.  While my examples  are mostly DSLRs, for you Panasonic and Olympus fans, the same information holds for your smaller mirrorless and micro 4/3rd cameras.  Whatever your needs, you ought to be able to choose a dealer from this list that will serve you well.  And, if you’re one of our international readers, some of these companies ship outside the US.  I hope the information I provide can help you evaluate your own national or regional camera retailers to choose what’s best for you.

Read more at:  https://improvephotography.com/51736/10-best-stores-to-buy-cameras/

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Top 10 Tips for Photographing Intimate Landscapes http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/2/top-10-tips-for-photographing-intimate-landscapes

Put photographers in front of a gorgeous landscape and we’re happy campers.  We’ll drink in the beauty of the grand vista and make an artful composition.  And we’re so taken with the beauty of that great, big, majestic scene that we just might miss the other photographic possibilities at our feet, or off to the right.  So, after you’ve shot the grand view of the Yosemite Valley, take a few minutes to look around for some more intimate compositions.  You won’t be sorry!

Read more at:  https://improvephotography.com/51468/top-10-tips-for-photographing-intimate-landscapes/

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How to Fix a Sticking Tripod Leg or Joint http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-fix-a-sticking-tripod-leg-or-joint

 

Tripods just might be the most abused gear we photographers own.  We take them out in bad weather, stick them in mud and salt water, use them in wind-blown sand and driving rain.  We bang them around in our car, sling them over our shoulder while hiking and strap them to the outside of our packs, where they sometimes crash into tree limbs and rocks.

We take our tripods for granted.  Good ones are pretty durable and rarely have problems.  But, when a problem occurs, can you troubleshoot and fix the issue or will your photoshoot come to a crashing halt?

Read more at:  https://improvephotography.com/51236/fix-sticking-tripod-leg-joint/

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Doing Photography While Traveling for Business http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2018/2/doing-photography-while-traveling-for-business {"cameraType":"Wide","macroEnabled":false,"qualityMode":2,"deviceTilt":-0.0036594630219042301,"customExposureMode":0,"extendedExposure":false,"whiteBalanceProgram":0,"cameraPosition":1,"focusMode":0}

You have a business trip coming up and you want to take advantage of being in a new town by planning some photography while you’re there.  Who knows if you’ll ever get back, so how do you maximize your limited photography time, find the best locations and come back with images you’ll be proud of?

Read more at:  https://improvephotography.com/51021/doing-photography-while-traveling-for-business/ 

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An Introduction to Blending Modes in Photoshop http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2017/11/an-introduction-to-blending-modes-in-photoshop

Blend modes may be one of the best kept secrets in Photoshop.  It’s easy to miss them in the Photoshop workspace but, if you do, you’re missing out on some powerful editing options.  The creative and thoughtful use of layers and blend modes gives free rein to your creativity and allows you to create an image that matches your vision when you took the shot.

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A Beginner’s Introduction to Layers in Photoshop http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2017/11/a-beginner-s-introduction-to-layers-in-photoshop

Layers are one of the most powerful features of Photoshop.  If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on a lot of what Photoshop can do.  And, even if you think you know layers, there always seems to be something new to learn.  Layers let you precisely target adjustments, like dodging and burning, and apply masks (including Luminosity Masks) to your adjustments, all in a non-destructive way.

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How Much Does a Professional Camera Cost? http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2017/11/how-much-does-a-professional-camera-cost

 

The focus of this article is on how much a pro camera body will cost and the short answer is between $3,000 and tens of thousands of dollars.  There are a lot of choices out there, from pro-level DSLR bodies to medium format.  It all depends on what your needs are.

Do you need a pro-level camera?  What features do they have?  Are they worth it?

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How to Set the F-Stop on a Camera for Any Photo http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2017/10/how-to-set-the-f-stop-on-a-camera-for-any-photo

The f-stop, or aperture, is one of the key camera settings every photographer must master because it controls two critical things: the amount of light going through the lens and how deep the field of focus (depth of field) goes in your image.

The larger the opening of the lens, the more light hits the sensor, but the shallower the depth of field.  The smaller the opening of the lens, the less light hitting the sensor but the deeper the depth of field.  It’s a pretty simple concept, but there are numbers involved, which leads to math, which make it seem more complicated than it really is.

Along with your shutter speed and ISO setting, your aperture is part of the “exposure triangle.”  Adjusting each of these settings can give you a variety of different effects.

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How to Process Your Moon Photos and Make Them Look Stunning http://www.frankgallagherphotography.com/blog/2017/10/how-to-process-your-moon-photos-and-make-them-look-stunning

You were out half the night getting great photos of the moon.  They look fantastic on the screen on the back of your camera.  Now you sit down at your computer and they’re dull, dull, dull.  You just need to know how to process your moon photos and make them look stunning.

Processing moon shots is a lot like processing any other photo, but there are some important, and some counterintuitive differences.  Because the moon is so bright and a long, long ways away and because you’re shooting through a lot of atmospheric haze, you’ll need a fair amount of sharpening and clarity, and an unusual use of contrast.  And, because there are actually some faint colors in the moon, you can boost saturation more than you might think.

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