The Fine Art of Editing Your Images

Nature photographers shoot a lot of images and at some point they have to wade through all of them and determine which are best for the markets. With digital photography it’s so easy to shoot massive amounts of images because the equipment is fast and there is relatively no cost.

In the days of shooting with a 4×5 view cameras, setting up and composing a scene took substantial effort. Film was expensive so there was much more of a tendency to work longer on composition, wait for perfect light, and to make sure the image worked. This slow process was in many ways editing in the field. You worked longer on each image, took a fewer of them, and had a higher rate of ‘keepers.’

With digital it is easy to blast away and many of us do it. The scenery perfect or the light is fading fast, so moving around with the camera to grab a lot of images is a natural response. Get it before the lights gone! The result is a lot of digital captures that have to be edited; at least when it comes to deciding what goes on your website for sale.

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When Spectrums Collide: Selective Processing With Infra Red

by Lee Mandrell  

A Simple Infrared Selective Color Project

As they so often are, it was another perfect day in the Smoky Mountains. I’m an avid color landscape shooter, but I am always on the lookout for infrared shots as well as anything I think might separate my shots from the norm. I happened upon this scene at the end of ‘The Roaring Fork Motor Trail’, just at the edge of Gatlinburg, TN. My wife and I asked the shop owner if we could shoot the old dodge truck that resides on the property. She informed us that we could take pictures, but we had to stay on the outside of the fence, and also to let her know if we felt we got anything worthwhile. To me this meant shooting what has been shot thousands of times before me.

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How to Photograph a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

by Charlie Borland

We launched our raft into the swift moving current and grabbed the paddles to quickly navigate towards river center and line up for the rapid. The river flow was picking up speed as we neared the tongue of this monstrous mix of boiling, turbulent, whitewater. My excitement to again be on Colorado River adventure gave way to more rational thinking of “what the heck am I doing here?” as I observed the massive river waves, seemingly taller than us, quickly creeping closer.

This rapid was Lava Falls, the biggest, baddest, most feared and most talked about rapid on this 277-mile rafting adventure. It is rated between 8 and 10 on a scale that only goes to 10. That is a big rapid! We were well into our second week in the canyon and were all ‘tuned in and going with the rivers flow’ by this time. That also meant we had two weeks to think about Lava Falls and ‘guesstimate’ what type of ride the rapid would give us at this water level. For me, I wondered what action photos I could capture from within the boat. Would I have to hang on for dear life or could I snap away?

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