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Tips for Creative Nature Photography

Rob Schroeder Tip1a

This image was captured in the late afternoon when the sun was shining brightly on the mountainside and the water was in shadow.  Since the contrast between the two was so great, I made two exposures; one for the mountain and one for the water.  I then layered the two images together in Photoshop, combining the best elements from each exposure.

Rob Schroeder Tip1

This image was captured just after sunrise in Kruger National Park, South Africa.  As the light was still quite low, I took advantage of the longer shutter speed to pan my camera along with the elephant.  This allowed me to keep the subject in focus, while creating the feel of movement.

Photographs and text by Los Angeles DPA Instructor Rob Schroeder


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