The Legendary Rockies – George Brybycin’s 55th Book


George Brybycin is sometimes referred to locally as the “Ansel Adams of the Canadian Rockies”. He is a mountaineer and photographer who has climbed over 500 peaks in the Canadian Rockies most of them solo in order to capture their beauty. He also photographs flowers, landscapes and wild animals on his adventures and is old school – he carries 2 Pentax film cameras, 6 lenses, several rolls of Velvia IS0 50 slide film, a tripod, sleeping bag, and tent for sleeping on the top of the mountains in order to capture first light on the peaks at sunrise. It is doubtful that any other photographer will ever match his climbing prowess in the Canadian Rockies. Yet George is a humble, modest person whom I am glad to say is a friend of mine for the past 10 years. I admire what he has accomplished and the fact that he is still publishing photography books. His latest book “The legendary Rockies” is the result of over 50 years of climbing and his new book includes some of his older favourites and many

Same Old, Same Old…Why does all Nature Photography Look the Same?

There has been much discussion and debate on NPN and other online photo forums about the predictable and ‘boring’ repetitiveness of nature photography. The critics point out that nature photography has become a ‘cookie cutter’ genre with all photos looking essentially the same. “You’ve seen one waterfall photo, you’ve seen them all…. Same goes for flower shots, butterfly images, lake reflections, and bird portraits – most everything nature shooters do is clichéd and trite. There is little that is new and exciting in nature photography,” says one particularly vocal critic. I tend to agree, a lot of nature photography does look the same, but I don’t think that’s so bad. The homogeneity of images is more a result of large numbers of shooters at a similar stage of development in photography rather than a lack of creativity by nature shooters.

Technical Perfection

In the not too distant past, to be a ‘good’ nature photographer only required technical mastery of the craft. I remember my early days in a camera club, the most respected and awed member was the fellow who photographed nesting birds using sophisticated, custom-built, high speed flash. To get his amazing images, he required not only extensive knowledge of bird

Nature Photography for Beginners

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Nature Photography for Beginners

Nature photography for beginners is an exciting and very rewarding pastime. It seems only natural that when you see something exciting or interesting in the natural world, you want to capture it or record it in some way. Cameras are a great way to do just that!

I will focus here on digital cameras, since currently a majority of photographers (especially beginners) start with digital cameras – though many of the ideas and techniques mentioned are transferable to film cameras as well.

So, let’s look at some things you can do to practice nature photography for beginners…
What Do You Want to Capture?

So you want to try your hand at nature photography? Even before you purchase a new camera or start using one, ask yourself what is it that you want to capture? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Do I want to capture close ups of small plants, flowers, insects and other small things in nature?
Do you want to photography larger, faster moving animals such as birds, deer, bears and so on?
Do you want to take spectacular photos of sunsets, mountains, lakes and the like?
Do you want to

Revolutionizing the Content Marketplace: Creating Opportunities for Writers and Clients

Digital marketing is the key to gain new consumers in a cyber struck world of today and content is the foundation on which this marketing stands on as brands attempt to outdo each in order to generate creates new consumers and retain old ones. The content marketplace therefore becomes an arena where content of a wide variety, ranging from visual, verbal, audio or written—is being demanded and supplied every day.


As is obvious, maintaining a limited number of staff members to create such diverse range of content, is an expense which more and more business organizations are choosing to do away with. Several small scale entrepreneurs like startups do not even have the bandwidth to maintain people on their payroll to regularly create content for them. Also, the other flipside to a fixed group of content writers is that it limits the brand owners choices vis-à-vis the quality of content; when you work with a limited number of people, you only end up getting a limited set of services.

The content marketplace today is changing all of that; it is an answer to the never-ending search for suitable content. All

How to Take Great Flower Photos

1. Soft diffuse light. Today it’s very overcast outside, and if there were any flowers in bloom today would be the perfect day for capturing some great images. Soft diffuse light enhances color saturation, so if you wondered how or why pro photographers flower images seem so deep in color this is one of the reasons why. (There are exceptions to this rule. I do some flower photography is bright or dappled sunlight but I’m usually trying to get an effect of light passing through the petals.)

2. Slow film speed. 200 speed or less. The slower speed films have greater detail and for flowers you’re going to need to get close anyway and you want the nice sharp detail of a slower speed of film. I use 100 speed for my flower photography.

3. Tripod. Use one for this type of photography. Set up your shot, get everything in sharp focus, and then shoot. A tripod will keep your camera from moving on you and allow you to get the sharp detail you will need.

4. Look for great colors, a flower in full bloom next to a budArticle Search, and don’t shoot on windy days. Keep contrast

Tinder-tinkering artificial intelligence could lessen left-swiping

An artificial intelligence programme to improve Tinder suggestions has been developed by Harm de Vries, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Montreal who was sick of swiping left. Signing up for an account was one of the first things he did upon arriving in the city in August 2014, but he was disappointed with the results. “Tinder kept offering me photos of women with lots of tattoos and piercings, even though I’d never chosen a single one. I don’t want to offend anyone, they’re simply not my type,” he explained. Noting that the app failed to take note of his user history in order to better target the women he might like, he developed new software, the details of which he published onArxiv. His work is supervised by professors Aaron Courville and Roland Memisevic who are with Yoshua Bengio’s lab in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research.

For those of us who are unfamiliar with Tinder, it’s a mobile application that works by looking at the user’s location: it finds users close to where you are and displays their photos. You can then either swipe right with your finger to indicate that you are interested,

The Awesome Advantages Offered By Cash Advance Loans

After putting it all together, all of those awesome advantages offered by the cash advance loans can be the good reasons why it is so much recommended for you to apply for the loans whenever you need some extra money. Thus, now you know that accessing the trusted lender, which is like, can be a good idea that you will never regret.

The cash advance loans can be a great option that you can choose especially when you are searching for the best short term loans. These kinds of loans will be available for you 24/7, so that you can access it whenever you need the extra money to solve your financial problems as well as possible. Then, you do not need to wait for getting the extra cash in your hand because it can offer you the easy and fast process. So then, you can pay your extra expense and get free from the suffering bad circumstances quickly. Besides, there are still some awesome advantages offered by the cash advance loans that you better know. What are they? In case you want to know. You better keep reading below.

Well, the cash advance loans can offer the various awesome

The Impact of Electronic Digital photography on Marriage Photography

Digital photography, a pretty latest innovation, has had significant consequences in all factors of photography, not least photography. The phrase photography, by the way, represents the photography action that occurs before, during and right after marriage wedding. Such photography is regarded a fundamental element of wedding ceremony; very much like the white-colored dress, the procession and the dessert. A contemporary wedding without photography would be regarded imperfect, just as a contemporary (western-style) wedding would be regarded imperfect without a dessert for the bridegroom and his new bride to ‘cut.’

Now one effect that digital photography has had on photography is that there is no more much anxiety when the employed wedding photographer does not appear. The Y creation may not really comprehend this, but just a few years ago (before the introduction of digital camera), photography was a very specific art/science: like medication or technological innovation. Only the professionals could do it. Not everyone could be a wedding photographer. So if on a relationship day the employed wedding photographer did not appear, anxiety was sure to set in. It was not unprecedented marriages even being delayed on that consideration only; for how could the several say they were married when there

iPhone photography Revolution or passing phase

Photography has morphed with each technological advance, becoming, simpler, more spontaneous and more accessible. This article published in Photographies explores the effect of the iphone on photography, the technological ‘mash-up’ with the internet and omnipresent social connectivity.

Edgar Alan Poe hailed photography as “the most important and perhaps the most extraordinary triumph of modern science.” It has diverse personal, business and artistic roles in our culture, but throughout there have been barriers to visual experimentation such as processing delays. Photography has travelled through many eras: the box brownie, Polaroid, the 1 hour photo and digital processing. All of these have made photography inclusive, portable, inexpensive and no longer the reserve of professionals. Are we now entering a completely revolutionary phase?

The iphone has been pivotal in escalating the photographic journey. There has been a technological convergence of phones, computers and the internet, leading to infinite real time distribution and retouching of photographs through social networking and email and Photoshop. Photographs have become less of a precious moment in time but a visual dialogue of our daily trivia pimped up with many purpose built apps. “iphoneography” has become a growing social movement which has blurred photographic conventions. Will smartphones will

The Disadvantages You May Get When Playing Irish Lottery

The irish lottery has been one of the most favorite lotteries of the people in the recent days. The reason why the people love this lottery is because it can offer great benefits and also large jackpot to them. However, do not ever forget that this lottery can also give you some disadvantages especially when you win a big jackpot from that. Then, do you want to know what the disadvantages that you better keep your eyes on are? If you do, you can figure them out below.

Here are some disadvantages that you may face when you get the big jackpot from the Irish lottery, which can be like: First of all, when you win a big prize from the Irish lottery, you may find yourself in a great danger. It is because if you become a winner of big jackpot, you will commonly be the target for some lawsuits by anyone. This particular fact will never be good news for you, won’t it? Even, it can make the security for your family and you get worse. Your family and you can be can also be the target of crime such as kidnapping, home invasion, robbery, and many

Learn Digital Photography Fast Track Your Photography

Learning digital photography in our instant society is only possible by applying the basic principles of good photography. Digital is another tool and there is no real fast way of doing this. BUT…   If you are prepared to follow these six quick photography principles you’re on the road to learning digital photography fast. And I really mean fast. So here goes.

1. Choose your subject carefully.

This is the centrepiece of your photo. Make sure you identify a suitable subject and focus on this. Not negotiable. If subject is not clearly identifiable your photo will be below average.

2. Place you subject intelligently.

Divide your image into thirds vertically and horizontally. Imagine 2 lines across and 2 lines down. Where these lines intersect place your subject on one of these points. If you have an horizon in the image, line it up with one of the 2 horizontal lines.

3. Get closer to your subject.

Most times the subject is what you want to remember about the scene you are recording. So get as much of it in your photo. This is especially so with family photos. Have smaller groups of people shot closer to the camera.

4. Exclude clutter from around your subject.

Make sure that there

Photography Schools – U can Find one Easily

It is possible to learn the basics of photography without seeking formal education in photography but attending the ideal school will help you learn all the intricacies. It will help you to become a professional photographer and a flourishing career to follow.

Before joining any photography school, find as much as information about the best photography schools. Internet sites are the best option to seek information. Go through different reputed schools located in and around your city. Find out what do they offer.

Some of the schools teach magazine photography, some teach nature photography while some schools will have different courses rolled into one. However, the duration of such courses will be long. So, find out your area of interest and then start your search for photography schools accordingly.

Advantages of selecting a right school:

Although, reputed photography schools charge high fees, the knowledge and the experience, which you obtain, is worth as compared to other lesser-known schools. The reason is best schools will help you to learn master your art by teaching you many more things that are beyond the regular lighting courses. Reputed schools conduct routine tours to several art classes and studios, so that you understand how to balance color and

See The Boomer List Sioux Falls Photography Exhibit

The youngest Baby Boomers turned 50 in 2014 – a milestone AARP in Sioux Falls felt worthy of celebrating. Inspired by The Boomer List, which came to life in 2014 on a national level as a PBS American Masters documentary and a companion book by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and an exhibit at Washington D.C’s Newseum, AARP Sioux Falls joined with, KELOLAND Television and the Washington Pavilion set out to honor, celebrate, and share the story about how this generation has impacted our community through “The Boomer List: Sioux Falls.”

The Boomer List: Sioux Falls explores how boomers influenced and shaped Sioux Falls through the stories of 19 notable community members, one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964.  These boomers were selected for their individual accomplishments as well as the collective impact thy have had on Sioux Falls.  “With so many impressive boomers in Sioux Falls our list would be much longer than 19 to capture every worthy individual, but the impact and influence of these 19 is diverse and lasting, and they are not yet done,” said AARP South Dakota state director, Sarah Jennings.

The subjects were chosen by a panel of five current Sioux Falls residents as

5 Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

Summer is upon us.  That means that millions of Americans’ cameras will be preserving precious memories from family vacations, get-togethers, weddings, graduations, and so much more.

However, when the perfect photographic moment comes into view, a great many find themselves frustrated with their ability to capture the moment with a great photograph.

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Here’s five simple tips that will go a long, long ways to helping you be prepared to get that great family vacation photograph.

5 Simple Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

  1. Practice before you leave home – This is quite likely the most important tip of all.  Get your owners manual out and practice some of the lighting and subject situations that you are likely to find yourself with.  You’re likely to have family members posing in front of scenes and objects.  You’re likely to be photographing in bright sun, cloudy skies, indoors, in places where flash is not allowed, on beaches, on hiking trails; the various situations are near infinite.  Set up these situations as best you can at home and practice, practice, practice.
  2. Memory Cards – Today’s megapixal digital cameras can quickly eat up a memory card.  This is particularly true if you plan

Forensic Photography Brings Color Back To Ancient Textiles

Archaeologists are now turning to forensic crime lab techniques to hunt for dyes, paint, and other decoration in prehistoric textiles.

Although ancient fabrics can offer clues about prehistoric cultures, often their colors are faded, patterns dissolved, and fibers crumbling. Forensic photography can be used as an inexpensive and non-destructive tool to analyze these artifacts more efficiently, according to new Ohio State University research.

Forensic photography helps researchers collect information from fragile artifacts before using expensive chemical tests, which cause damage during material sampling. The forensic method also helps researchers narrow areas to sample for colorants, ultimately reducing artifact damage and testing costs.

“Normally when you dig artifacts out of the ground, especially stone or ceramic ones, you wash them and they look sexy. But you can’t do that with textiles,” said Christel Baldia, Ohio State University doctoral graduate in textiles and clothing. Baldia conducted the study with Kathryn Jakes, professor of textile sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State, and published their findings in the April, 2007 issue of Journal of Archaeological Science.

Putting forensic photography to the test, Baldia and Jakes examined textiles from burial mounds built by the Hopewell, a prehistoric Native American people

The Next Revolution in Photography Is Coming

In the future, there will be no such thing as a “straight photograph”

It’s time to stop talking about photography. It’s not that photography is dead as many have claimed, but it’s gone.

Just as there’s a time to stop talking about girls and boys and to talk instead about women and men so it is with photography; something has changed so radically that we need to talk about it differently, think of it differently and use it differently. Failure to recognize the huge changes underway is to risk isolating ourselves in an historical backwater of communication, using an interesting but quaint visual language removed from the cultural mainstream.

The moment of photography’s “puberty” was around the time when the technology moved from analog to digital although it wasn’t until the arrival of the Internet-enabled smartphone that we really noticed a different behavior. That’s when adolescence truly set in. It was surprising but it all seemed somewhat natural and although we experienced a few tantrums along the way with arguments about promiscuity, manipulation and some inexplicable new behaviors, the photographic community largely accommodated the changes with some adjustments in workflow.

But these visible changes were merely the advance indicators

Three Top Digital Photography Tips from BetterPhoto Instructors


by Jim Zuckerman
Extremes in contrast are a problem for both film and digital photography, but it is especially a problem when shooting digital. When the highlights and shadows are too extreme, the detail in both areas are in jeopardy of being lost. Even you try to “average” the exposure, a compromise between the light and dark areas, the shadows tend to go black and the highlights are washed out.

With digital photography, even a subtle difference in contrast can mean the complete loss in detail in the highlights. A light area on the bridge of the nose, for example, that would show detail in a negative can easily be blown out on a chip.

Therefore, try your best to avoid contrasty situations. Patchy lighting is a classic example of what to avoid, but I’ve seen portraits done on overcast days (it was a bright overcast) that show a loss of detail in skin tone because the contrast was just a little too much for digital cameras to handle. Note: Jim Zuckerman teaches many more digital photography tips in several BetterPhoto courses: Mastering Light; Making Money

Beginner’s Guide To Nature Photography: Composition

This is an excerpt from the “Beginner’s Guide To Nature Photography” book by Cub Kahn.
Thanks to Amherst Media for allowing to present it in our library. To read the rest of the book, you are welcome to buy it directly from


Photos communicate. Good nature photos communicate well! Photographic Composition refers to the arrangement of visual elements in a photo. As a photographer, you use lines, shapes, colors, tones, patterns, textures, balance, symmetry, depth, perspective, scale, and lighting to bring your images to life. But to consider the interplay of all of these visual elements in every photo is daunting. A more practical approach to nature photo composition is to look through your viewfinder and ask yourself two questions. (You probably shouldn’t ask these questions out loud, or else nearby people and animals will wonder why you are talking to yourself.

1. What is the message of this photo?
2. What is the best way to communicate that message?

Nature photos are successful when the message is clear. When the photographer’s message is garbled, ambiguous, weak or obscured by distracting visual elements in the composition, the photo is not a keeper. Nature photos that convey

Nature Photographer Magazine

Nature Photographer is a “how–to” magazine,
published in print form three times a year covering all four seasons—Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The Spring issue is published each March, the Summer each July and the Fall/Winter a larger combo issue each November. The magazine is intended for nature photographers and nature enthusiasts who range from beginners to professionals. We will help you channel your intense interest in nature photography into more successful trips into the natural world, whether they be for the day, weekend, holidays or vacations. This is the magazine for those of you interested in photographing the wilderness—in far-off destinations, in local parks or in your own backyard.
Nature photography is all about getting out there and being a part of our natural world. When in nature working on our photography, it is helpful to entirely immerse ourselves in what we are doing. To do that, we need to practice the techniques needed to consistently produce quality images and research the locations that will appeal to each of us the most. We at Nature Photographer hope to help you along that route with both the print magazine and this web site. We strive to showcase the Earth in the most beautiful

The 4 Angles of Success

When teaching photography workshops, I often get asked to discuss the most impactful techniques needed to create excellent wildlife photography. I often tell them about the four angles of success: a triangulation of the sun angle, height angle, head angle and background angle.

To produce an artistic piece, a photographer works to achieve just the right balance of these four angles. Creating art is different from capturing an image for documentary purposes. An artist works on creations that bring an eye-to-eye encounter with the subject in the midst of a spectacular action.

Sun Angle

The sun angle is the angle at which the sun is in relation to the subject and the photographer. Being at perfect sun angle is often when your shadow is pointing straight at your subject. Being positioned a bit off sun angle is often not too much of a problem, but a brighter sun will push you to follow that rule more closely. That way when shadows become harsher, you will create better photographs with few to no shadows on your subject. This concept is especially true in bird photography when you want the plumage to be well lit. The Roseate Spoonbill with breeding colors banking in flight below

A Call for Disclosure

Given the above discussion, you may have guessed that I want to know what has been done to any photo I view. And I am all about sharing what I have done to my photos. But why? I explained above that the main reason I strive to get the RAW file I want is for reasons of personal satisfaction and pride in my work. Nonetheless, I think knowing what has been done to a photo has some very important ramifications for both professional and amateur photographers alike.

First, professional photographers are competing for attention, whether simply for prestige/reputation or for stock sales, print sales, and photo tour and workshop clients. In fact, these four areas are nearly inextricably intertwined for today’s professional nature photographer. More prestige or better reputation can lead to more stock sales, more print sales, and more tour and workshop clients. And then more sales in terms of prints, stock, and tours leads to more prestige. Photography is a competitive business, and I believe the playing field is not level if one photographer is presenting images that closely adhere to the RAW file while another is presenting images that have been substantially digitally manipulated or enhanced

PrintPrint article RAW Perfection – Get in the Zone!

Those of you who follow my blog and/or have traveled with me on a photo tour here in Costa Rica know that I strive to capture the best RAW file possible and that I consider only a perfect (or near perfect!) RAW file to be a full success in my own photography. I don’t pretend that every photographer should adopt this standard in his or her own work; photographers have different goals and purposes for their images. And I don’t pretend to follow this standard all of the time in my own work. When a landscape can only be exposed properly by blending multiple images in the computer, I will do so. Or when a bit of cloning will really help an image, I’ll grab the clone tool.


Those of you who follow my blog and/or have traveled with me on a photo tour here in Costa Rica know that I strive to capture the best RAW file possible and that I consider only a

Composition in Nature Photography

If a photographer asked you to explain composition as it relates to photography, do you know what you would say? If your answer would be “I’m not 100% certain” or “I don’t know enough to explain it” don’t fret, you are in very good company. Aside from mastering exposure, composition is one of the most difficult parts of photography for many to learn, and with this series I hope to take some of the mystery out of it for you.

Composition in Nature Photography

In photography, composition refers to the structure, organization, and visual characteristics of the elements in your photograph. Compositions can be complex, powerful, boring, moody, uplifting, and a plethora of other adjectives. When you hear photographers refer to the composition of a photograph, likely they are talking about things like subject placement, lighting, color, lines, space, balance, and more.

A Marriage of Crafts: My photographic learning curve has the benefit of 3O years of experience designing and painting wildlife art. In order to best reach my viewers I have spent my lifetime studying the compositions of paintings, photography, graphic art and works of countless other visual mediums.

Evaluating my first serious bird prints three years ago