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  1. Butterfly Wonderland Photo Workshop
    October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  3. Create and Publish a Photo eBook
    November 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. Wildlife World Zoo
    November 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Category : Composition

29 Aug 2017
hummingbirds photo by Kathleen Reeder

Hummingbirds in Sedona 2017 Trip Report

Did you know hummingbirds are found only in the Americas? Of the 342 known species, 16 breed in the United States. Hummingbirds migrate at a time determined by genetic programming. Sedona Arizona is on the migration path as hummers fly to their winter destinations. For about two weeks in the the middle of August, they stop and rest in the yards of hummingbird-friendly Sedona residents. Hummers return to sites where they found good food supplies the year before. They eat insects…

04 Aug 2017
Black bears. Photo by Kathleen Reeder

Minnesota Black Bears and Wildlife Connection 2017 Trip Report

Minnesota is the most northern state outside of Alaska, and has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. There are an estimated 12,000-15,000 black bears in Minnesota. Photographing the North American Black Bear was the purpose of this 3-day photo workshop and it was wildly successful with over 150 sightings. Check out the photos below to see a sampling of the bears my group photographed and how close we were on the ground to these free-roaming animals.…

08 Jul 2017
Pine Marten Photo by Kathleen Reeder

Spring Babies 2017 Trip Report

With the Rocky Mountains in view every day, photographing the Triple D animals in Kalispell, Montana is always an enjoyable experience. Add adorable beautiful wildlife babies to the scene and it doesn’t get any better! This years Springtime Babies Photo Workshop included coyote pups, a mountain lion cub, a pine marten baby, raccoon kits, red fox kits, a Siberian Lynx kitten and striped skunk kits, plus a great variety of wildlife adults. Check out the photos below to see the amazing babies.…

10 May 2016

Where not to crop

We don’t always have the opportunity to include the entire body of the subject in the photo. It’s perfectly acceptable to crop the photo. Simply avoid cropping the subject at a joint, as illustrated in the photos below.

10 Dec 2015

Demystify Depth of Field

Depth of Field is how much of a given photograph is in sharp focus from the foreground of what’s in your frame to the background. Only what your focus point is on (shown as a square or dot when you look through the view finder) will be razor sharp. Other elements in front of (closer to you) and behind (further away from you) will be somewhat sharp. A “shallow” depth of field means a limited part of the photo is…

10 Jun 2013

Capture Picture Perfect Butterfly Photographs

Follow these tips to get picture perfect butterfly photos: Use a macro lens with a minimum focus distance 12 inches or less so you can capture close-up, full frame detail. Position yourself at eye level to the butterfly. Keep the composition very simple. Do a four corner perimeter check around your frame and physically move your body to eliminate or add elements. Look for butterflies that are in pristine condition (i.e., no chips in their wings, both antennas, all legs, etc.).…

10 May 2013

Keep Your Composition Simple

The simpler the picture, the better. Focus attention on your subject. An out of focus background will draw the viewer’s attention to the subject. Blurred items should fall in the bottom or side of the frame. Make sure no other elements are sharper, brighter, more colorful, or in any way more attractive to the main subject. Look at the four corners and borders of the frame for distracting elements. It is easier to exclude a distracting element from the frame…