Outdoor Photography Tips P.2

This was taken standing (to get the angle), with the camera (Sony DSC 707) stressed against the strap. There is actually a tiny bit of movement in the wavelet but not in the rest of the frame.

This shot would probably not have been possible with a tripod unless it was a big heavy one and who wants to carry one of those down to the beach for a sunset swim?


8. Polarizing filter.

These filters work the same as Polaroid sunglasses. If you want the tech on this check Wikipedia.

They eliminate reflections off water, shiny objects and so on.

The air is full of water particles, so when you see a shot with a vivid blue sky it is usually because the photographer used a polarizing filter.


Here are two shots with and without filter to demonstrate.



Caution: The blue of the sea, or a lake, is the reflected blue of the sky. When you eliminate that reflection you get a green sea…erk…


9. Other nifty filters and stuff.

You can add more warmth with a yellow filter, more blue with a blue filter. Darken the sky with a gradation filter and so on. But you can do all that with Photoshop Elements.

I’m not knocking these filters at all. If you want to be a perfectionist about outdoor photography – or if you want to do it semi-professionally, just take the family down to your camera shop and ask if they will do a trade-in.

Semi-pro photographers buy top of the range cameras for thousands of dollars and get all the whistles and bells that go along with them.

But until you’re actually really seeing pictures, until your ‘eye is in’ (you can see a good shot when it’s there in front of you), the odds are that you’ll outlay a fortune, still suck as a photographer, and the camera will sit in the cupboard.If you don’t believe me here, go spend $8000 on the best Canon, drive to a nearby scenic location, leave the camera there, come back the next day and download the pictures it took… Oh, it didn’t take any? “But I paid 8,000 smackeroos for the little devil and it’s got a Super XV 7 filter!” Go figure.

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