Yellow Wood Guiding's Photo Safaris offer plenty of photography instruction. To get the most out of your photo safari I have created these videos to cover the basics of photography so guests are ready to head out into Rocky Mountain National Park and start taking great pictures right away.
If you are short on time the videos that are a must watch are labeled with an *
Watch these videos with your camera in hand, and find and practice using the buttons shown. If you can't find them, look in your manual or google. If you have a Nikon or Canon camera I mentioned all the important buttons in the videos which means you missed the info, so rewatch if you have any issues. Take some test shots and practice with your camera in Apreture mode. If you don't know how to set anything the videos don't show, get out your manual or Google it!
These videos go over the very basic settings and functions of your DSLR and most Point and Shot Camera operations. The camera setting are just 10% of photography, so after these first videos be sure to watch the ones below on composition and lighting. Composition, Lighting, and Luck make up 90% of great photos.
The 5 Steps of Photography
5 Steps of Photography*: Compose, Set f-stop, Focus, Take a Test Shot, Check & Adjust
Step 1 - Compose
Landscapes, Wildlife, and Macro photography all require different views and philosophies to capture great images. The following videos discuss the different aspects of each style of composition.
Landscape Composition Part 1* - How to find the photos
Landscape Composition Part 2 - Perfecting your comps once you find your photos
Macro Composition - Get up close with your macro lens
Wildlife Composition Part 1* - The basics
Wildlife Composition Part 2 - Capturing the emotion
Step 2 - Set your f-stop
Step 2* - Set your F-stop*: Understanding how to select the correct f-stop
Step 3 - Focus
Step 3 -Focus Basics*: Understanding how to focus with a DSLR
Step 4 - Take a Test Shot
This step is really simple, always remember to take a test shot with each new shooting or lighting situation you encounter.
Step 5- Check Your Histogram & Adjust Your Exposure
How to Read Your Histogram
This set of 3 videos goes into detail on how to use your histogram. These videos are highly recommended for nearly everyone.
Histograms 1* - Introduction on how to use your histogram.
Histograms 2 - Using your histogram for Wildlife and Nature Photography
Histograms 3 - Using your histogram for Landscape Photograhy
Photography is a journey of learning. Below is a collection of videos I produced to expand and reinforce the topics covered during Photo Safari's, Workshops, and other photography related classes offered by Yellow Wood Guiding and its partners.
Exposure Details*: Understanding Shutter Speed and f stop
Real World Exposure*: Exposing for the whites and adjusting the histogram
ISO Basics: Understanding ISO
Beyond the Basics
Understanding how to use the best light, and depth of field can dramatically improve your images. Once you understand the camera setting and how to best use them the last great element is composition and getting out into the field to take photos. Please watch the following videos on Light, Depth of Field, and Rule of Thirds as well as the videos on composition of the subjects that interest you most.
Photography Light* - A review of what makes for good photographic light that can make or break an image.
Depth of Field in Depth - Control the depth of field to control what is in focus.
Rule of Thirds* - Basic Composition using the Rule of Thirds as well as the Rules of 6ths or 8ths
Naturescapes.net: Great site for information and photo critiques
NaturePhotographers.net: Great photos for critiques for Nature, Landscapes, and Wildlife
500px.com: Amazing Photos to be inspired, requires a free sign up