Posts Tagged ‘Bill M Campbell’

National Geographic got it wrong!


I ran across an article on camera traps in an online article by National Geographic  where they claimed that George Steinmetz was the first photographer to use a digital camera trap in 2006. I don’t want to detract from George or his work because I really admire his photography, but I was using a digital […]

UW Options for Photographers


I have always been envious of my friends who shoot underwater. Tropical places, bright colors. But I have never taken the plunge (haha) to learn to scuba, so my attempts have been limited to snorkeling. I have shot with all kinds of UW cameras and housings (even with the old Nikon Nikonos UW camera). So […]

Building Blocks of Photography Composition: special lines


From Ireland Lets talk about special lines.. Why are the special? Unlike diagonal lines which you can create by perspective, these lines are found in nature. They are the C shaped curve and the S shaped curve. We will talk about how to take advantage of them. A C shaped curve can be a trail […]

Building Blocks of Photography Composition: more lines


  Ok, yesterday was about horizontal lines. In nature, not as easy to find, but you have to consider whether your horizontal line is level or not and why. To me vertical lines and diagonal lines are more inviting and easier to find in nature.   First, vertical lines. Very powerful. Pointing up into the […]

Building blocks of photographic composition – Horizontal Line


Line Shape Space Color Form Texture Light   Many lists forget light on the list of building blocks. But photography (photo=light and graphia= paint) actually is painting with light. Without light of some kind (and a way to capture it) there would be no photography. Keep this in mind! Today. Line.. But what kind of […]

Photography as art: Involve me and I learn


Photography is an art form, just like painting or drawing or sculpture. It uses your imagination and creativity to express yourself with the tools at hand. These tools may be difficult and complex to use or very simple. Art is not the tools but the expression from the artist. When looking at a Van Gogh […]

Timelapse and Nature


FOR BEST VIDEO, Wait a couple of seconds to allow download to start before pushing play! With photography we are limited to a slice of life equal to the shutter speed. Anywhere from 1/8000 of a second ( even shorter if you are using high speed flash) to maybe several hours (think star trail images) […]

Where is photography headed?


A friend of mine shared a link to a Guardian article  about Kodak and photography. (Thanks Jack Graham). For all of us who grew up on Kodak film ( and then Fuji Film), it was very poignant. The author discussed the demise of Kodak and film and cameras. And tried to make the point that digital […]

Seattle Waterfall Garden


While traipsing around Seattle a couple of weeks ago, Rebecca and I saw information about a Waterfall Garden in Pioneer Square neighborhood. We went down to the oldest area of Seattle to explore and learn some about the history of Seattle. To have a waterfall garden in the middle of city is wonderful. Pioneer Square […]

Trip to Comet Falls


Rebecca and I decided that our legs were recovered enough from our trip to Paradise Glacier to hike up to Comet Falls. It looked like there were several falls on the way and the trail would follow the stream. Great decision. We hiked up and up, following the stream and shooting the various falls and […]

Mt Rainier and Water


Flying into Seattle and staying on Whidbey Island for the first part of our trip, the lack of precipitation was evident. Fields and grass were brown. Locals told us they hadn’t had rain in over a month. Then we headed to Mt Rainier NP. Wow. It seems that there wasn’t evidence of a lack of […]

Phone Cameras? Camera Phones?


Rob Sheppard, one of my best friends, and I have been teaching together for 12-15 years. We first started teaching digital photography before the digital SLRs were affordable for most people. We used the compact digital cameras and Photoshop.. A lot has changed in that time. Lightroom, affordable digital SLRs, small form cameras with interchangeable […]

Tennessee Wilderness Bill S. 1294


This commentary goes hand in hand with the release of my book, Areas Overlooked East Tennessee Wilderness: A Taste, on the Apple iBook store. In my book, we started exploring wilderness areas in the Cherokee NF, the TN Cumberland Trail and the TN Cumberland Plateau. A little over a month ago, U.S. Senators from Tennessee, […]

New Book

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I have just released my third book. But this one is special. It brings me into the digital age. My new book (which is free) is only on the iBookStore and only for iPads. I created this book with iBooks Author 2, as Rob Sheppard and I have been going back and forth on how […]

Out Damn Spot: Lightroom’s new Spot Removal Tool


  No matter what you do, sometimes you can’t avoid the lamppost in the background! Donegal, Ireland My last session on Lightroom explained that LR5 was great for helping see and remove dust spots. (Previous Post if you Missed it: Click Here) Methinks that Lady MacBeth requested this new addition to the Spot Removal Tool. […]

Climb For Captives


  Mt Rainier My good friend and fellow adventure photographer, Paul Hassell, has embarked on adventure that is noble to say the least. He and some of his friends have gotten involved in helping out young women who have been rescued from the human trafficking trade around the world. They did a climb of Mt […]

New Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 : Visualize Spots


Sunrise Mt Evans, CO When Rob Sheppard first started talking to me about Lightroom (LR version 1), I told him that I was very comfortable with Photoshop and really didn’t want to change over. Besides, Lightroom could only do a limited amount of what Photoshop could do. But by version 2, I was learning Lightroom […]

Wilderness Medicine and Photography FAWM


The is no set pathway to becoming a nature photographer ( well, other than taking pictures and loving to be in nature). So many of us have come from a biological or environmental  sciences background. Some have come from business. Some have actually gotten degrees in photography. We all gravitate toward what we like best […]

Challenge Yourself


How often do we schlep a heavy pack of gear around into the woods and then complain about not getting the image that we want? Sometimes having a lot of gear is a hindrance, not a help, when it comes to creating great images. Why? Because image creation doesn’t come from the equipment but from […]

Creative Photography Page 6: Multiple Exposure Rotate and Zoom


Expanding on what we learned with Multiple Exposure Rotate. You still need a lens with a tripod collar. Mount the lens to your tripod. Compose your image.   Technique: set ME to On: Autogain on; Number exposures 8. ( you notice that I use 8 images a lot, but you can use whatever number you […]

Creative Photography Page 5: Multiple Exposure Rotate


Today’s technique will expand your multiple exposure toolbox.. This one is rather simple but it does require a lens with a tripod collar. (Sometimes, I’ll show you one freehand shot with 16mm fisheye!) To use this technique, find a subject you like ( bright colors and striking patterns work well). Compose your image. Now, set […]

Creative Photography Page 4: HDR Effects


While I was going through some of me images from Ireland, I came across image of a cross with an abbey in the background. I had shoot this as a 3 image HDR. When I was putting them together, I was playing with the different renderings and what to show how different each one could […]

Creative Photography Page 3: Multiple Exposure Monet


Claude Monet had a way of expressing his subjects with a subtleness of brush stoke that still captivates me. Maybe that is why I have fallen in love with this photographic technique that allows me to capture a feeling of time or place with a subtleness of a Monet painting.. This is actually using the […]

Creative Photography Page 2: Multiple Exposure


My first installment talked about drive by shootings, slower shutter speed images taken out of a moving car ( like texting, this is not something you should do while driving). We will be exploring the various methods of using multiple exposure over the next several installments. Today we will begin with a simple 2 exposure […]