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Dorothea Lange

Lange is known for her prolific photography of farmers who were displaced during the Great Depression.

“Dorothea Lange was born Dorothea Nutzhorn on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey.  When she was 7, Dorothea contracted polio, which left her right leg and foot noticeably weakened. Later, however, she’d feel almost appreciative of the effects the illness had on her life. ‘[It] was the most important thing that happened to me, and formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me and humiliated me,’ she said.

“Art and literature were big parts of Lange’s upbringing. Her parents were both strong advocates for her education, and exposure to creative works filled her childhood.”

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(Source: Biography)

Lange’s post-high school life showed her gravitating towards photography after dabbling in it through a New York City studio project. She studied at Columbia University, and apprenticed for well-known photographers, such as Arnold Genthe and Clarence Hudson White.

After a change her perspective on the world, Lange jumped into documenting the difficulties faced by the lower class through her employment under the Farm Security Administration.

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(“Migrant Mother,” Lange’s most well-known piece. Source: PBS)

“Her method of work,” Taylor [her husband] later said, “was often to just saunter up to the people and look around, and then when she saw something that she wanted to photograph, to quietly take her camera, look at it, and if she saw that they objected, why, she would close it up and not take a photograph, or perhaps she would wait until… they were used to her” (Biography).

Lange was the first woman to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940.

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Tilt-Shift Photography

Tilt-shift is an effect that makes photos of normal scenes look miniature. The effect can be achieved with lenses that are specifically made for tilt-shift photography, but the easier and more cost-effective option is to use Photoshop. A photo that is in focus, has good lighting, is taken from above (but not directly overhead), and is of a simple but interesting scene is a good choice for the tilt-shift effect. The first step in Photoshop is to pick the point of interest, which will be the point of focus. Create a mask layer, use the gradient tool to choose where the blur gradient will be placed, then apply the blur filter. Turn the saturation up, giving more to colors that you want to pop; then finally use the curves tool to give the highlights of the photo more contrast.

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How To Not Die While Photographing Bears

Nothing is truly exciting until there is a risk of dying involved. While photographing wild animals, one wrong move and you’re their next meal. Michael Leggero, a nature photography, shared his experience photographing bears, and explained how to get the best shots while keeping safe.

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Animal photography can be a portal into another part of the world. It’s a way to see animals living their everyday life, capturing snapshots of them without intruding, leaving them alone in their natural habitat. It is a far more ethical way of viewing animals than a zoo, and it’s a way to see them as they really live. Bears are particarlly interesting because they aren’t as threatening as a lion per say, they aren’t strictly carnivourous beings always on the hunt, most of their diet in fact is berries.

 

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The best way to find a bear is to set up shop by a berry patch. Find a good sized patch and give yourself a little distance. Sooner or later a bear will come to eat.

“The bear is happy sitting there and eating for hours at a time. This is the safest way to work with these animals—when they are happy and content,” Leggero said.

As long as you are quiet and don’t do anything to disturb the feasting animal, it will leave you alone, free to get as many shots as possible.

Though these bears may be content while eating, it is still best to keep a good amount of ground between you and the wild animal. A 400-600mm lens is recommended, find the best spot and set up with a tripod. For the best shots keep the shutter speed at 500 and an aperature of 4-5.6, any smaller of an aperture and the background will not have any blur, distracting from the subject of the photo, the bear.

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It is even possible to safely get the bear’s attention, to have it face your lens without bringing a threat to yourself.

“If you want to get his attention, don’t wave your arms or make big movements. That will usually scare him away. Simply use a whistle. One quick sound will make him look up, and if you are lucky, he will look right into your lens. Once he realizes that you aren’t moving towards him aggressively he will usually go back to eating,” said Leggero.

 

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Another good way to capture the wild bear is from the safety of a car. In national parks, you can often see these creatures from the side of the road, simply slowing down to take some pictures can prove to be some of the best shots. This can sometimes create a “bear jam,” as Leggero puts it. The cars behind you also slow down to see the animal, and suddenly there are tons of tourists making noise. While this can sometimes scare away the bear, other times it will capture it’s attention. It’ll look around and if you’re lucky, even stand on it’s hindlegs to get a better view, providing an incredible photography oppurtunity.

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Keep in mind that these are wild animals and can be unpredictable. While bear attacks are a rarity it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Before going out in the wild, educate yourself on bear behavior and how to best handle an aggresive bear.

-William Voges

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Photographing waterfalls | Maddie Griffin

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Waterfalls can be calming to photograph, but getting the shot just the way you’d like can be difficult. That’s why there are various tips and tricks that can help you capture a waterfall just the way you’d like.

First step: use a tripod. This will keep your camera stable when you are trying to capture the shot

Second step: use the lowest ISO. Lowing the camera ISO to the smallest number not only increases image quality, but also decreases the shutter speed. For example, decreasing camera ISO from ISO 800 to 100 on a Canon DSLR decreases the shutter speed by three full stops, so if you were shooting at 1/200th of a second, you would end up with a shutter speed to 1/25th of a second.

Third Step: Lower the shutter speed. This will make the water look smooth and flow gracefully in the shot.

Fourth step: change the aperture to a higher number. This decreases the amount of light passing through the lens.

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Photographing the Northern Lights | Katelyn Phillips

Photographing the Northern Lights is something a lot of travel photographers have on their bucket list. The Northern Lights are a beautiful feat of nature, and knowing how to correctly photograph them will allow one to capture an equally beautiful photo.
Using the proper camera settings will ensure a properly taken photo.

Dave Morrow, a landscape photographer, provides advice on gear, exposure times, and ISO sensitivity levels when taking a photo of the Northern Lights.

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A DSLR camera with a high ISO capability will prevent significant noise from entering the photo. Apertures of f/2.8 – f/4 are recommended to allow the most amount of light into the camera, allowing a lower ISO to reduce grain. A large number of batteries is needed to last through the night, as batteries die faster in the cold.

“I rotate 7 batteries in my pocket when shooting at temps of below -10 degrees Celsius,” Morrow says.

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A longer exposure time allows more light to enter the camera’s sensor which allows for a lower ISO. It will also provide a better looking aurora. An exposure of 5-25 seconds is recommended depending on how fast the aurora is moving through the sky.

“The shorter the exposure time, the closer your photos will resemble what your eyes actually saw,” Morrow says. “Experimentation is key.”

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Morrow recommends starting out with a lower ISO of 400-800 if possible to produce the best picture with the least amount of grain. If the photo is not bright enough, increase the ISO until it is. An ISO of 800-4000 is recommended depending on the situation.

“You will want to expose your photos for the brightest parts of the picture,” he says. “The rest of the photo will look dark! That’s okay; you can recover these dark areas in post processing.”

-Katelyn Phillips

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Bob Martin Photography

Bob Martin is a sports photographer, who primarily shoots action shots for advertisement, corporate, and editorial clients. Martin has photographed major sporting events across the world from the past 14 Olympics Games. With what he has done, he has literally gone to the farthest point on the globe. He has published for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times, and The New York Times.

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Bob Martin has published for many famous newspapers and magazines. Martin has also won over 60 national and international awards.

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As you can see, Martin specializes in action shots in the sports world. This one is of Rafael Nadal in the midst of a tennis match. Action shots like these, especially in the sports world just really excite me because of how cool they are. You can tell exactly what he is doing in the photograph.

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Once again, another action shot. This one is of Usain Bolt in a sprint.

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Painting with Light

Painting with light is a photography technique that allows you to be creative and paint all over the town, without actually doing anything illegal like graffiti. It’s easy to do as an amateur photographer. All you really need is a camera, a tripod, a light source, a dark area, and an idea.

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Once you have an idea of what you want to put in your photo, it is crucial to adjust your camera settings. It’s important to have a really slow shutter speed or it won’t even come out. Once it is lowered to at least 10 seconds (or longer), go out onto your scene and start painting. The long exposure of the camera will capture your movement with the light and create an image.

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There really is no limit as to what you can paint in your photograph. Most people just do circles or they spell out words. It does not matter what kind of light you use, but some people recommend to use a flashlight with a variety of light settings so you are able to adjust the light however you want. Sparklers, glow sticks, LED lights, and any other light source that is easy to maneuver can be used as well.

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The tripod is necessary because it can help keep any extra motion from being captured. If you are going to paint with the lights yourself then it will be much easier with the tripod. If someone else is painting for you, then you may not need it but keep in mind that if you move at all the camera will pick it up and it can effect your photo. Painting with light is very creative and can make any photo interesting, you just gotta try it out!

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