Posts Tagged ‘Bill Campbell Photography’

Spring Flower Tips – Lenses and composition

When we talk about composition, we usually talk about “Rule of Thirds” and foreground/ background, diagonal lines, leading lines, repeating elements and so forth. Have you ever considered the composition effect that changing lenses would have on how your subject relates to its surroundings? I started doing Closeup Wide Angle images at least 15 years […]


Scouting Report Smokies March 28

This day was spent up in Greenbriar area. With numerous spots to pull off and shoot the Little Pigeon River or go up to the confluence of the Little Pigeon River with the Middle Prong, the shooting was great. I walked up the trail, past Porter’s Flats and up Porter Creek trail. After Porter’s Flats, […]


Spring Flower shooting tips- Multiple Exposure

Spring has come to the Smokies extremely early this year. I am hearing from friends around the country that they are experiencing an early spring also. Some teaching tips for spring wildflowers from today’s shoot. Consider using multiple exposure to achieve a dreamy look to go along with your images. Flowers images look good when […]


Wilderness Preparedness

Be Prepared. We all have heard the Boy Scout motto. But are you prepared for emergencies when you travel or go out to shoot? We remember to take extra batteries and lens cleaning material but what about ourselves? Do you carry a first aid kit? Sunscreen? Insect Repellant? Let’s discuss the essentials. Water- What? Water […]


Color workflow – Image Editing and output

In the previous segments, we have discussed color spaces and profiling your monitor. Now we will discuss how to set Photoshop and Lightroom for best color space use. First, Lightroom. Lightroom actually doesn’t use a colorspace profile for an image until it is exported to a different image editor. So the setting of a profile […]


Color Management- Monitors

Monitors have come a long way from the first monitors I used that would show only text and were one bit. The CRT (think your old television set before they went flat screen) was the way to go until the early 90’s when the TFT LCD screens starting coming out (TFT= Thin Film Transistor, LCD= […]


Color Management

While judging a photo contest this past weekend and seeing a number of images that were over saturated and sometimes with a weird color shift, the judges (Pat Cory, Harold Stinnett and I) all mused as to the reason. At first we were thinking that some people might just like their images to look “different”. […]


Christmas Cheer

A little deviation from thoughts of photography to thoughts of the holiday season. I remember when I was about 8 years old, my grandmother would receive a package from my aunt in Kentucky. It would always be some type of cookie tin. Fortunately it was NOT filled with fruitcake, but Kentucky Colonels. Well, these type […]


What everyone ought to know about cold weather photography

Fall color has peaked and gone. Spring flowers are just an anticipation of things to come. Winter is upon us and many photographers have hung up their equipment for the frigid season of the year. And these photographers will miss out on the magical season. Why are so many photographers reticent to venture out into […]


Bill Campbell’s Christmas Wish List for Nature Photographers 2011

With Black Friday coming up after Thanksgiving, I thought I would put together a wish list for nature photographers to look at. I use all of the items listed and can vouch for each one. You might want to print this out and put it in a prominent place for gift giver to find for […]


Lightroom on the Road

Ok, I am back from teaching at Chincoteague Island and have some posts to share. Today I wanted to share a workflow for getting your images from Lightroom on your laptop to Lightroom on you main computer.. So someone, maybe me, has convinced you to use Lightroom and now you are using Lightroom also on […]


Desert Southwest

I have traveled to Tucson for a Wilderness Medical Society meeting on Desert Medicine and decided to come a few days early to shoot and visit with my friend Jack Dykinga. I got in so late last night that I didn’t get out this morning until about 1 hour after sunrise into the Saguaro NP […]


Tripod Comparison

I have been shooting for the past 2 weeks with a Feisol CT-3372 carbon fiber tripod. This is one of their Large tripods with the largest leg diameter that they make. This is not my first carbon fiber tripod, as I have 3 Gitzo carbon fiber tripods and a Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripod. […]


HBO Day for shooting

Cold. Wet. Raining. This is the kind of day that John Shaw (nature photographer extraordinaire and author of John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, John Shaw’s Closeups in Nature, John Shaw’s Landscape Photography, John Shaw’s Business of Nature Photography and several eBooks on Lightroom Workflow and Photoshop Techniques) would call and. HBO day. So what […]


Last Chance

The color in east TN has been spectacular this year. It still has not peaked along the Cumberland Plateau except for areas with high elevation. I have been back and forth between the Smoky Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau and the Cherohala Skyway. For my money, this year, the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee and Nantahala […]


Reflections on Water

Fall is a great time to look for reflections in water. Especially on a bright, sunny day when photography can be a little more difficult. Tip: Look for water in shade and trees or color on the bank in sunlight. This gives you some of the more intense color for reflections. Another tip: Consider doing […]


7 Tips for Landscape Photography

Scout with your camera! This is for all those people who use a tripod, which should be everyone. So many people tend to look at a scene, plop their tripod down and get their camera out of their bag and start shooting. Without giving enough thought to lens, angle, vantage point and composition. I start […]


War on Photography

IF you care about Photographers’s Rights and our rights as US Citizens, please read. You can go to the bottom for a call to action and a link to Photographers’ Rights. “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke I […]


More Fall Color

Today I left early and was up at the peak of the Cherohala Skyway, on the North Carolin side. The Cherohala Skyway runs 52 miles up over 5300 feet in the Cherokee National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest. It starts at Tellico Plains, TN (ok, I’m from TN so why should I have it […]


Fall Color Scouting Cumberland Plateau North

In search of waterfalls and fall color yesterday, Rebecca and I made our way up to Caryville, TN. We visited Notch Falls while in Caryville and then headed up Mountain Road to Tower Road to hike down to Duncan Falls. There was some color at in Caryville, but as we made our way up the […]


Montage Fun

In my Smokies Fall color report, I mention Mark Johnson and his website. I have been playing with some of his techniques in Photoshop and wanted to share them with you. Most are his Multiple-Exposure Rotate and Zoom in Photoshop. I talked a little bit about the in camera technique yesterday and showed you some […]


Smokies Fall Color Report

Ok, I just got back from cruising the Smokies, checking out the color. I started at Clingmans Dome at sunrise. It was a nice sunrise with fog down in the valleys. It wasn’t cold (about 50˚F) and clear skies. While up there I played with some multiple exposures, in camera. The Mountain Ash have lost […]


Cumberland Plateau Beauty

Today Rebecca and I went in search on waterfalls close by (actually, I had been to several of these but wanted to share them with her). One of our favorite spots is just outside of Wartburg, TN. It is Potter Falls.    The weather was cool and crisp and the sun was intermittently hidden by […]


HDR (High Dynamic Range) Part 2

Before we go any further, let me clarify that most of the time I shoot from a tripod, BUT there are times I use AutoBracketing and Continuous High Frame rate on my Nikon D3s. Having a Frame rate of 9 frames/sec helps and I am usually using a wide angle lens (16mm Fisheye or 17-35mm). […]