Making the Most of Bad Weather

The phrase “bad weather” is enough to send many photographers running for home.

For many, bad weather is synonymous with bad photography, conjuring up images of dull, gray photos with lackluster compositions. Rain and wind are the type of conditions that most of us don’t want to be out in, let alone shooting in.

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Pole Steeple Trail, Pine Grove Furnace State Park (Pennsylvania)

Pine Grove Furnace State Park is in southern Pennsylvania, a short drive north of Gettysburg. The highlight of this state park is the Pole Steeple Trail, that leads to a peak in the neighboring Michaux State Forest. Pole Steeple is the highest point and provides an excellent view of the surrounding area. There is a quartzite rock outcropping that provides the amazing view.

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Aurora HDR 2018 Will Be Available Soon, for Both Mac and PC

When it comes to creating HDR images, there are several options available. You can use the built-in HDR merge in Lightroom or Photoshop, but there are also several apps, plugins, and standalone programs that have been created specifically for working with HDR images. The best one that I have come across is Aurora HDR. Until now Aurora HDR has been available only for Mac users. Next month Aurora HDR 2018 will be released, and it will be available for both Mac and PC!

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8 Situations When You Should Use Filters

They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and extremely effective –there’s a reason that filters are the go-to accessory of choice for most professional landscape photographers. They may not look like much, but the humble filter can make a real difference in the quality of your photos –helping you to capture images that would otherwise be impossible, or at least difficult to photograph. From polarizers –that can cut through glare and improve the saturation of your colors, to graduated neutral density (GND) filters –that can help to balance out the exposure in your images, and neutral density (ND) filters which can be used to capture silky, soft waves and waterfalls –there’s no shortage of ways that you can use filters to enhance your images.

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Photographing the Point Judith Lighthouse (Rhode Island)

Point Judith protrudes about one mile into the Atlantic Ocean at the entrance to the Narragansett Bay and the Block Island Sound. This is a busy waterway that has historically been very dangerous with many shipwrecks. The current lighthouse at Point Judith was built in 1856 (the original structure was built in 1810 and destroyed by a hurricane). The 50-foot lighthouse is still in operation and is now a well-known landmark in the area.

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Using Reflections in Landscape Photography

Our eyes are naturally drawn to watery landscapes. There’s something special about water, and a reflective surface can dramatically enhance landscape images. During a sunset or sunrise, the dramatic quality of light reflecting off the water can result in some spectacular images.

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Tips for Wildlife Photography

When it comes to landscape photography, wildlife can be a great way to add some extra interest and life to your photos –transforming what could easily be a dull and uninspiring image into an exciting and dramatic shot.

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