Don’t Recycle Your Christmas Tree Until You Create Images Like These

Now that Christmas has passed, there is still time to plan some photographs using Christmas theme. And one great topic revolves around the Christmas Tree. So before you recycle your Christmas Tree you might want to consider using is as a prop for Holiday themed images that you can later license as stock and use for next years Christmas card.

I have photographed quite a few outdoor Holiday concepts over the years and had several planned for this Holiday season, but we have no snow yet for what I have planned.

There are the usual ideas such as the Christmas tree in a living room window with Christmas lights, both inside and outside, turned on. And the tree near a glowing fireplace. I have done those but find I enjoy the outdoor concept better.

Snow has not arrived where I live yet so I will have to wait myself, but in the mean time, here are a few ideas that are easy to do with your used tree before you recycle it.

How you shoot your Christmas tree in the outdoors depends on where you live. I live in the mountains and can easily shoot in the forest after the next snowfall. But I think there are excellent concept images that can take place anywhere from a front yard to placing the lit tree in the desert somewhere.

I am always brainstorming concepts that are not the norm such as a tree in the desert and this could be a marketable concept since you don’t normally see deciduous trees in the desert. What about a lit Christmas tree in an auto junkyard? Or a tree along a river bank surrounded by forest? The ideas are of course unlimited and it is your concept and idea that will make the image marketable. Here are some ideas I have shot in the past.

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Should You Even Bother Photographing These 5 Locations?

For nature photographers who compete in the business of licensing stock photos, the question should be asked regularly: “what should I be shooting?”

With more photographers than ever competing and the markets saturated with nature imagery, photographers should be researching the markets to assist in determining what subjects will have a fighting chance in those markets.

I ask myself this very question when I plan each year for the locations and subjects I think will succeed in the markets.

While I answered this question I also wonder just what subjects and locations I should not shoot and the easiest way was to search various websites and evaluate the results.

So, I randomly selected 5 locations that I have seen widely published and regularly online when I look at others websites.  These locations are:

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Photographing Butterflies by Connie Toops

This article is an excerpt, posted with permission, from the new Peterson Field Guides/Backyard Bird Guides ~ Hummingbirds and Butterflies by Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops © 2011

As you attract butterflies to your backyard, you may discover photography assists in their identification or enables you to share their beauty with others. Patience and willingness to experiment can result in stunning butterfly images. To master butterfly photography, you’ll need reliable equipment and you’ll want to perfect techniques that insure great photos.

Simple Equipment

Excellent digital “point-and-shoot” cameras are currently available at very reasonable prices. Standard features now would have been unimaginable to professional photographers only a decade ago.  A versatile digital model in the $250 to $500 price range should fulfill the needs of most casual butterfly photographers. Digital cameras record their images on small memory cards that are ultimately downloaded into computers for editing and printing. If you plan to travel widely as you photograph, you may need an extra memory card or a portable storage device to hold large numbers of images until you can process them.

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The Art of Photographing Mud

There is so much in nature to photograph! National Parks, wild areas, and even our own backyards! We have an infinite amount of subjects to capture and in amazing ways.

But it is not necessarily where we photograph as it is what we photograph that makes for a pleasing image which results in images that please us. These might be subjects we discover or others we pursue that are subjects close to out hearts. And one of my favorites can be found just about anywhere.

I am here to admit: I love mud! And I love photographing it. Cracked mud in particular!

Everywhere I go, if I see mud, and especially cracked mud, I immediately stop and look for a place with NO mud to set down my camera pack and get to work.

Let’s face it; mud is all around us!  From alpine settings to a rain forest, a drought stricken desert or a city park, there is a good chance there is mud of some sort. All mud is not the same either since it depends on the makeup of the content. I have seen red mud, green mud, brown mud, and probably more colors as I have wandered around the Southwest.

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