Our October Member Outing was a special one! Volunteer Trip Leaders David Bennett and Alison Pochapin led an enthusiastic group of photography novices into Moraine State Park. The results were amazing and we’re happy to share with you a few of their shots!
Interested in nature photography as well? Here are a few tips and tricks.

  • Consider where is your light source coming from. Allison reviewed Front,
    Side and Back Lighting as possible options for achieving the effect
    you want.
  • Don’t settle for a single shot, you can learn more by taking lots
    of pictures and reviewing them later.
  • Consider using a tripod or monopod to eliminate blurriness.
  • ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lower the
    number the less sensitive your camera is to light and the finer the
    grain. Use a higher ISO for indoor/darker situations to get sharper
    pictures.
  • Use the auto settings to determine what the camera is reading. Use
    the information to consider making manual changes.
  • Look for elements of texture and color to make your shots more
    visually interesting.
  • Don’t always look for straight lines, sometimes
    go for the diagonal (example was to step off the trail so that you can
    capture a different sense of the sweep of the trail as it stretches
    diagonally across the frame.
  • Learn from others! Join a photography club, or take a class.
    Filmmakers offers more serious classes, while a community college
    might offer something on the lighter side.
  • Sometimes you may miss the money shot, but all the same, enjoy the
    beauty and the unique moment spent in the natural surroundings.

David and Alison also share these helpful links.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Manchester Craftsman’s Guild
CCAC
Meetup
Pittsburgh Photo Section / Pittsburgh Camera Club
ASMP Pittsburgh: American Society of Media Photographers
Facebook ASMP Group
Facebook Pittsburgh Photographers Group