Posts Tagged ‘Bill Campbell Photography’

Happy Friday

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I think that everyone should carry a camera with them wherever they go. Oh, wait, almost everyone does now. Camera Phones. If you have a cell phone that was made in this century, chances are that you have a built in camera. These cameras vary in resolution (megapixels), quality of lens, low light capability, speed […]


Creative ideas for fall color

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While you are out shooting fall color this year, think about stretching yourself creatively. I have covered shooting HDR in previous blog (pointer back to HDR). This will be a jumpstart to other creative methods that I used last year during the fall and am continuing to play with these techniques. 1. Multiple Exposure Monet- […]


When to shoot Fall Color?

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I have been getting asked since mid summer about the best time to shoot fall color in the southern Appalachian mountains. The answer is yes. Anytime is good, depending on what you want to do. Last fall I started shooting fall color around east TN (Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cherokee and Nantahala NF, and Cumberland […]


Light painting with lasers

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This past week I had a chance to play with light painting and lasers while camping in Linville Gorge in NC. I have been going back and forth to Morganton, NC to work with Seth Hawkins, MD on his Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship (URL). More on that project later. I got to go camping with […]


Shooting for HDR

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HDR. It is not your typical grunge HDR anymore. HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging can represent anything from artistic grunge to an image that no one will recognize as HDR. The premise of HDR is combining multiple images so the information from the dark areas is not all black and the information from the light […]


Less is More

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After a 14-year presence in multiple sites on the Web, I decided to consolidate my presence (and my life). I had a website to premiere my images, a website to present my workshops, a website to sell my books, a presence for my video, a website to sell prints, and a blog to talk about […]


Mississippi River on the low side

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Rob and I continued our adventures by making our way to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers at a park run by the Missouri Department of Conservation. While exhibits showed the heighth of some of the most recent floods of the Mississippi River, we were more interested in the low side of the […]


Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park

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Now a crown jewel of the Missouri State Park system, Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park (N37° 32.952’  W90° 50.912’) has some of the most spectacular shut-ins that Rob and I experienced.  The East Fork Black River was flowing enough to allow numerous waterfalls through the small potholes and chutes within the igneous rock. Rob opted to […]


Castor River Shut-ins Natural Area, MO

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After our venture to a creek bed with no creek, Rob and I decided to venture to other areas with creeks/ streams/ rivers and see if the drought had effected them in the same dramatic manner. We chose the Castor River Shut-ins Natural Area (N37° 34.128’ W90° 09.299’). Shut-ins? We didn’t know either, having never […]


Exploring Southern Missouri wild areas

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Several weekends ago, Rob Sheppard and I met to explore wild areas in MO south of St Louis. We were both attending Board Meetings for NANPA and NANPA Foundation and used the opportunity to meet early and visit and shoot together. Neither of us had ever been to the area so we used a guide […]


Shooting Sharp

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  My friend Rob Sheppard just posted an article on his blog about sharpness and how to get better sharpness from your images through software. It is a great article and compliments what I am about to present, so go there and read after you have read my article about sharpness: Rob Sheppard Blog on […]


Rebecca’s Reverse Clarity Technique

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This is going to be a quick note. I just came back from a trip to Mt LeConte in the Smokies with a friend of mine, Eric Bowles. We had a great trip but it showed me how much out of shape I was. Now to try to correct that over the next 3-4 months […]


Can you shoot on vacation?

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Well, if your wife is a biologist who loves to get her own camera out and walk around in the forest, YES. My wife used to be my best scout for finding great things to shoot. Now that she has her own good camera (Sony NEX 5N), she shoots what she finds and tells me […]


Quick Tips for Video with dSLR

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I will be using the Nikon D4 as an example (the d800 is set up the same way) for shooting video with a dSLR. Shooting mode– You will want to shoot in M (Manual) Mode. Why? Because if the light varies much, your shutter speed will vary and shutter speed is related to frame rate, […]


My Nature Photography Day Shoot

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To celebrate Nature Photography Day, I initially was going to Colditz Cove on the Cumberland Plateau. Then I realized that I had plenty of subjects in my own front yard in our wildflower garden. So, about 630am, I proceeded down the steps with a 200 Micro lens, Nikon D4 and my tripod. At first, I […]


Where to photograph Red Efts!

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I was first introduced to Colditz Cove almost 25 years ago. A friend said it was a great place for a hike with a nice waterfall. I went out to explore and the first time there I was amazed to see many small Red Efts climbing around on the moss. This intrigued me and I […]


How not to get burned shooting Fireflies.

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Ok, so Fireflies don’t give off any heat, but getting great images of them is still not easy. Much easier now, though, than when I tried with film years ago. The most interesting fireflies (lightning bugs) are the Synchronous variety found most numerous in the Great Smoky Mountains. Last part of May into June, these […]


Why use a Leveling Base on your tripod?

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  Today I was talking to a friend about tripods, ball heads and leveling head/ leveling bases. He was asking if he should get a leveling base on the Feisol tripod he was about to order. From using a Bogen, a Really Right Stuff  and a Feisol leveling base for my ball heads over the […]


Feisol Tripods and DISCOUNT

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One of the few images of me. Rebecca likes to get me in action at times, even though I try to duck.. This is my Feisol CT-3372 and the older leveling head. I wrote a little about tripods back in the fall. Since that time I have had lots of experience with the Feisol CT-3372 […]


All Wet Photography

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So many times we give up when the weather becomes inclement. Because we don’t like to get wet, we don’t want our equipment to get wet, it’s a hassle. But have you ever considered the images you can make under stormy conditions? Or being out there as the conditions change? I’m not advocating standing on […]


How to Paint with Light

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Photography derives its name from the “painting with light”. But the term light painting has come to mean using external sources of light (flashlight, candle, etc) to paint in light on a subject at night. The method I use in Light Painting requires a flashlight and some way to color the light. First, choose a […]


Weather and Lightning Safety Outdoors (Hoping for a safe Friday the 13th for everyone!)

I’m writing this for all those outdoor photographers out there who want more information about weather and safety while we are out shooting. But much of this applies to anyone who ventures outside during possible inclement weather. As outdoor photographers (this might even include portrait or wedding or commercial photographers when they are outside), we […]


iPhone for Scouting

iPhone for scouting I have always carried my phone with me when shooting, Especially when hiking. I really don’t want to be one of those people who call 911 when I run out of water or get lost, but if something bad happens when I am alone, I will use it to facilitate a rescue. […]


What equipment to carry?

Many times you will find photographers who specialize in one type of photography or subject matter. In nature, we have underwater photographers, landscape photographers, bird photographers, wildlife photographers, adventure photographers, and so on. I guess that if you build up a clientele and specific images from you is what they want, you shoot what pays […]