Now that we’ve chosen a good digital camera, familiarized ourselves with it, and have learned enough about our wildlife subjects to get some photos, it’s time to think about the final product.
One of the most enjoyable elements of photography is the sharing of a striking photo that can take someone’s breath away. These photos don’t have to be of exotic, rarely seen birds and animals. They can be of creatures that we see everyday but are shown in a different way than what we normally see. By using the focal tools on the camera we can isolate the animal or bird and bring it into sharp focus while the rest of the background is soft and out of focus. This is called creating Bokeh. Bokeh is the wonderfully hazy backdrop to a crisp, sharp image of the subject. The result is a photo that leaves a lasting impression.
Another factor in creating spectacular photos is the placement of the subject. rather than placing the bird or animal in the exact center of the shot, try to place it to one side or the other. With a bird in flight this can give the illusion of motion as the bird has an open area to “move” into. The viewer’s eye will complete the scene and the results are impressive.
With most digital cameras you have a choice of shooting modes such as JPEG or Raw. These are modes that allow different levels of editing once the shot is taken. Editing can greatly improve a somewhat disappointing photo. It doesn’t take too long to learn how to edit your photos and the time will be well spent. Whether you wish to share the photo on social media or print them for framing, your editing program will have resolution choices that you can use to get great results.
The most important thing is that you’ve begun to see things differently and learned to use a camera to record the natural world around you. Nothing will look as it once did and you will want to have that camera with you and ready all the time! Enjoy the hobby and remember to share the beauty of our area generously!
We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Entries are open to all and the deadline of September 15th is fast approaching! If you’ve missed any of his previous posts please click below.
Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles. You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.