#975 Exposed! Photo Newsletter – Photo Tips = Better Pictures

Photos are easy to make – aim and click. Almost everybody has a camera device and there are trillions of, erm, bad photos out there.

Good photos take time and patience and learning…

How would you:
• make white snow white? (most people produce gray snow)
• make a waterfall turn into a milky smooth masterpiece?
• showing a hint of motion in the water and oars while keeping the boat and background crisp?

Regular photo tips can help!

In this edition of Exposed! we offer some of the most important (and fun) tips.

Read the tips.

Photo Tips = Better Pictures

Photo Tip #201 – Anticipate your subject’s actions.

#808 Photo Newsletter – Photo Adventures Close to Home

In this month’s photo newsletter we explore photo adventures close to home. You DON’T need to go to exotic places to get amazing results!

Read the article. Submit your best photo from the homework challenge – we’ll be posting a reader’s photo on the blog.

“Top Summer Photo Adventures”

Local photo adventures
Night photo shot from our driveway!


#779 – Close, Closer, Closest – Easy Tip for Better Photos

This month’s Exposed! newsletter hit the airwaves on Thursday:

“My advice to our photo workshop students is often “Get Closer.” It’s one of the easiest tips to make your photos better.

In this edition of Exposed! we look at getting close, closer and closest…”

Keep reading…

Send us your CLOSE pictures. We’d like to post your photos on the blog – the closer the better.

Better photo tips

Better photo tips - close but get CLOSER!

#747 Photo Contest Winner and results

Last week we published our latest Exposed! photo newsletter – ‘Photography First‘ – aiming to get people to take more photos. We urged you to “Get a camera. Right now! Start clicking.

As an incentive to pick up the camera right away we offered a prize – one spot in our most popular workshop, Creative Fundamnetals, or two free photo safaris in 2012.

… And the photos started coming in. We had a tough time selecting the top spot and, because there were so many entries we offered a runner-up prize of one free photo safari in 2012.

Criteria for winning was simple – “partly on technical merit (small %), quirky fun (more marks) and how quickly the photos appear!

Below is the winner, runner-up and two honourable mentions.

Thank-you for all your entries!!! Congratulations to the winners and to everybody for trying.

First Place

Ottawa Photo Contest Winner!

Ottawa Photo Contest Winner - Glen O

Glen won first prize. He took the photo right after reading the newsletter and discovered a fox out the window of his home. He writes:

“I read almost all of your Exposed! newsletters. This one was the ultimate in your type of (simple) inspiration. Thank you for the simplicity and accessibility of how to learn photography. I have learned a lot from reading, I have learned a lot from you  but I know that I have learned the most from snapping the shutter. So in the middle of writing this comment, I just stood up from my desk for a moment, looked out the patio door to see what I could snap – and there was a fox…in our neighor’s yard…and I had my long lens on my D90…it was ready to go! I now have 7 shots of a fox in the city that I can play with (and learn with) that I would not have had if I didn’t just grab my camera and snap. Thanks for that!”

Glen’s photo was well captured, shot immediately after reading the newsletter and it just shows you to keep your eyes open – there may be a fox in your back yard!!

Glen wins his choice of a spot in a Creative Fundamnetals Workshop in 2012 or 2 photo safaris in 2012 (see details below.)

Runner up

Ottawa Photo Contest - Runner-Up

Ottawa Photo Contest - Runner-Up - Leanne D

Runner up goes to Leanne D. Her photo is fun, well shot and was shot quickly after reading the newsletter.

She writes: “I dropped what I was doing and took a spin in my chair. How fun!  As soon as I am done, I am going outside to take more pictures. Cheers, Leanne”

Leanne wins a Photo Safari in 2012 (see details below).

Honourable Mentions

We’d like to show many of the photos submitted but have limited space! The two below we’d like to acknowledge for the spirit of their submissions.

Ottawa Photo Contest - Honourable Mention

Ottawa Photo Contest - Honourable Mention - Al G

Al has taken many of our workshops and his work has developed beautifully after much hard work!

He says: “I have attached a couple of shots I took at the point in the article when you said to stop reading and go take a picture.  I used my Canon S90 P&S. I went for a couple of fun shots – a salad strainer (self-portrait if you look close) and a close-up of a glass ball.
You are a great inspiration Harry – keep up the good work!”

Congratulations (and thanks) Al!

Ottawa Photo Contest - Honourable Mention

Ottawa Photo Contest - Honourable Mention - Robert M.

Robert’s heartwarming shot comes as a result of reading the Photos First newsletter. Good photos can be found anytime, anywhere – if you are looking. Congratulations Robert!


Creative Fundamentals Photo Workshop – This is our most popular course because it explains many complex photo ideas (white balance, aperture, exposure) in down to earth ways. Offered in April and September, 2012.

• Photo Safaris – We offer photo safaris every couple of months. Here are some we offered last year (likely similar safaris this year!):

  1. Dancing Horses Photo Safari (April 15, 2012)
  2. Farm Photo Safari (May – to be confirmed)
  3. Bike Race Photo safari (June/July – to be confirmed)
  4. Fire breathing, Unicycle Riding, Flaming Juggler Photo Safari (August – to be confirmed)
  5. Blacksmith Photo Safari (Fall – to be confirmed)

Thanks for participating – it was a fun newsletter to write and super fun to see your work come in.

Keep it up!!

#584 Exposed! Photo Newsletter – Lightroom vs Photoshop?

Photoshop vs Lightroom

Digital photography was supposed to be easy! No more film. No more processing. Right?

In reality, modern photography now involves a tech-heavy process relying on processing power and software. And when we talk about photo software, really, we’re talking about Adobe’s cousins Photoshop and Lightroom.

In this month’s Exposed Photo Newsletter, we look at your software options, what to buy and when…

And this month we thank DaveAndrews.ca for supporting the Exposed! Photo Newsletter.

Dave Andrews - digital art and restoration

Dave Andrews - digital art and restoration

#290 Photo colour, explained

Years ago, I got a distraught phone call from a wedding client. “The photos look different!” the groom cried.

The photos the clients had printed themselves, as part of their package, were not as nice as the original prints we provided. The couple was exasperated and disappointed in the work their lab had done. They were learning about the complex and confusing world of colour.

In this month’s Exposed! we offer some clarity to the murky world of vivid hues:
Photo Colour, Explained.

Sign up for future Exposed! Newsletters above, right.

Take photos. Have fun!

srgb colour gammut


Adobe RGB 1998

Adobe RGB 1998 simulation

#262 Exposed! Photo Newsletter

I was the kid who liked doing everything… faster. Skiing, running, biking were always better at high speeds in my invincible youth. I still have fun on bikes and skis but it now often includes a camera.

Photo Motion Techniques

I discovered that giving the illusion of speed or motion in photographs can often be quite easily!

In this edition of Exposed! we learn about equipment needed and the advanced techniques to produce the kind of imagery that has done well for us at HarryNowell.com.

Discover the photo techniques in this month’s photo newsletter:

Mastering advanced motion techniques

#111 Exposed! and Iceland – a different perspective.

First, Exposed! went out late last night to most subscribers. You can subscribe at the top of this page – it’s free. This month’s article is:

Photography Hell in Heaven.

Second, I came across ANOTHER Iceland adventure blog (Aug 12/08) that recounts about their experiences in “NICEland.” Amy includes photos and stories of their July trip. If you look closely, ahem, you may see me “on vacation.”


#110 Reykjavik Marathon and Exposed!

I got an e-mail from Canadians Luc-Rock and Michelle who found my Iceland blog reports – they are on their way to the Reykjavik marathon in August. They have a new blog to chronicle their Icelandic marathon adventures and are billing it as the Marathon for Gaby.

My photo newsletter, ‘Exposed!’ goes out very soon – a link will be posted tomorrow to:

Photography Hell in Heaven” – an Icelandic photo story and challenge for those wishing to spark their photo creativity.


#76 ‘Google’ for photos

Exposed! photo newsletter went out late last night – New subscribers will receive the newsletter today or tomorrow! Older issues are available for reading on my site.

I recently discovered a website that searches the web for your pictures. It’s like google for your photos. Tineye scans the world wide web for other placements of your photos. Quite amazing and has great applications for working photographers!

The site is new and growing – ie it is in beta format and there is still some growth needed before it is fully comprehensive. You need to register, but give it a whirl!