Digital Photography Workflow

Article and photo by Al Perry

Fall Color in Alaska, before and after adjustments in Adobe Bridge.
Fall Color in Alaska, before and after adjustments in Adobe Bridge.

One of the most frequently asked questions in digital photography relates to workflow. There are probably as many workflows in digital photography as shooting styles. I have a disciplined approach starting with raw image capture and finishing with secure backup of selected images. Because quality counts, I never shoot jpegs. Continue reading Digital Photography Workflow

Not What You Might Think

Article and photo by Al Perry

Black-chinned hummingbird - West Texas, August 2013
Black-chinned hummingbird – West Texas, August 2013

It might appear to many that the photo of a hummingbird feeding on flower shown below was photographed with a fast shutter speed on a sunny day. How else could you stop the motion of wings of a 3 inch sized bird that is flapping its wings 75 times each second? Also, it appears a wide open aperture was used to create the out of focus back – ground. Keep reading. Continue reading Not What You Might Think

Still Photos from Movies

Article & photo by Al Perry

Bumble Bee in FlightHave you ever thought about making still photos with a movie camera? Now you can.

A movie is simply a series of still photos shot at a relatively high frame rate of say 24, 30 or more frames per second. You may have already created the illusion of motion with a still camera by taking a series of still photos and showing them at say, 24 frames per second—often referred to as time lapse photography. Your brain interprets the rapid showing of still photos as motion. Continue reading Still Photos from Movies

Photographing northern lights

Article & photo by Al Perry

Northern Lights with Moon, Alaska
Northern Lights with Moon, Alaska

Many people have some knowledge of northern lights (aurora borealis), but few have viewed or photographed the colorful, dancing lights in the sky. In less than six months, the northern lights (aurora borealis) can be viewed and photographed in the northern hemisphere. If you want to see them sooner, go to the southern hemisphere. Continue reading Photographing northern lights

Aerial photography

Thermals, moss covered lava fields and glaciers of Iceland taken as our small plane fought to stay in the air.
Thermals, moss covered lava fields and glaciers of Iceland taken as our small plane fought to stay in the air.

Article and photograph © Al Perry

In the January-February edition of Rocky Mountain Outdoors, Jack Olson gave us a funny and captivating story about his trip flying home from Florida. Jack’s flight reminded me of an airplane ride of my own a few months earlier. Continue reading Aerial photography

Winter Photography

Article and photographs © Al Perry

Hoarfrost on Grass and Woven Wire Fence in Nevada
Hoarfrost on Grass and Woven Wire Fence in Nevada

I have always enjoyed the challenge of winter. As a teen in North Central Indiana, I rose two hours before sunrise in the coldest months of the year to run a mile-and-a-half long trap line. More recently, I’ve grown to rejoice in the photographic opportunities heralded by the cold snowy months of winter. Wildlife looks best in the winter; especially with snow as a background. Landscapes take on a whole new form with the gentle accumulation of snow and ice. Continue reading Winter Photography