Posts Tagged ‘Snow’

Help, I Wet My Camera!

May 13, 2009

Photo © Copyright Trustedreviews.com

Whether you’re photographing in the rain, in the snow, at the beach, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom, your camera may get wet. Cliff Smith at Trustedreviews.com has a great article that explains how to keep your camera safe and functional in wet weather.

The third and final page of the article seemed most helpful where Cliff Smith discusses what to do in the event that your camera accidentally gets wet.

First, Cliff Smith advises, don’t panic. If any electronic gadget, including a digital camera, does get wet, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s broken. In fact, you might be able to save the camera if you act sensibly and fast. Cliff Smith advises the following course of action:

  1. Do not turn on the camera until it’s completely dry again.
  2. Remove the batteries immediately, without turning off the camera so the lens doesn’t retract.
  3. Carefully dry any water from the outside of the camera with an absorbent towel.
  4. Do not use a paper towel or tissue on the glass part of the lens since that could scratch it.
  5. Carefully clean any water from the lens and other glass parts with a proper lens cloth or soft lint-free cloth.
  6. Place the camera somewhere warm and dry for at least 24 hours (but don’t overheat it).
  7. You can speed up the drying process by placing the camera in a small box with some moisture absorbing silica gel packs or a handful of rice grains.
  8. Once the camera is completely dry, put in a dry battery and try turning it off and then on again.
  9. If the camera doesn’t start up normally right away, turn it off immediately and seek further advice from your camera dealer or the camera’s manufacturer.

The same tips apply to the memory card inside the camera. According to Cliff Smith, memory cards are so rugged, they can survive a trip in the washing machine; though, we’re hesitant to try this at home. Because of the cards’ durability, you should almost always be able to retrieve your photos, even if the camera ends up requiring further repair.

If your camera is beyond repair, some camera manufacturers offer special discounts if you trade in your damaged camera. The Canon Loyalty Program is one such program which we’ve written about in the Photobird Daily.

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“Snow 7″ by David Cresine

March 5, 2009

“Snow 7″
© Copyright David Cresine

Wow, I can’t believe there’s only two weeks left until Spring! So I’m going to make sure to share at least one more wintry snow photo before Spring begins.

Snow 7” by David Cresine shown above is a great photo. I like how the photo leads us down the snow-covered path, and how the tall tree on the left frames the photo.

To see more of David Cresine’s snow photos, read our snow photography tips below and take a look at his “Snow Forest” photo album inside his Photobird photo album.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

You may also discuss your favorite Photobird Photos of the Hour in the Photobird forums.

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Professional Photo Shoot in the Snow

February 9, 2009

Photo © Copyright Image Mechanics

Image Mechanics is a small, cutting-edge company in Los Angeles that pushes photography equipment to its limits. The company serves leading advertising and celebrity portrait photographers around the world. Image Mechanics provides high-tech photography skills and expertise to its clients who require the highest-quality results at lightning speed.

Image Mechanics worked on a snowy photo shoot in Aspen, Colorado, for a catalog for a British clothing company and wrote about some tips for coping with the cold and the snow, which I’ve listed below. At the end of this article, I also provide links to more articles in the Photobird Daily about shooting in cold weather and what you can do to prepare.

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Winter Photography

January 14, 2009

“Winter Warmth”
© Copyright Vicki Tinnon

Winter provides unique opportunities for creative photography. Not only do you need to be creative in how you keep yourself and your camera warm, but the colorful tones that the sun casts on the urban and rural landscapes enable you to shoot stunning photos that you can’t get any other time of the year. In an article at the Digital Photography School, Andre Gunther shares his tips for shooting during winter and I’ve listed those tips below.

(If you’re looking for tips on how to prepare yourself and your camera gear for the winter cold, more articles from the Photobird Daily are listed at the bottom of this article.)

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“Snow 9″ by David Cresine

January 2, 2009

“Snow 9″
© Copyright David Cresine

I really like the perspective, composition, and colors in this snowy, wintery forest scene. David Cresine has submitted many snow photos for the Photobird Photo of the Hour and “Snow 9” shown above is one of them. To see more of David Cresine’s snow photos, read our snow photography tips below and take a look at his “Snow Forest” photo album inside his Photobird photo album.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

You may also discuss your favorite Photobird Photos of the Hour in the Photobird forums.

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Photobird Photo Contest Winners for December

January 1, 2009

“The Austrian Alps”
© Copyright Andrei

Thank you to everyone who entered the Photobird Photo Contest for December! The theme was “Up” and you submitted a wide variety of uplifting entries. There were birds up in the air, sports up above, skies up there, and architecture when you look up.

Congratulations to Andrei, winner of the Photobird Award with his photo “The Austrian Alps” shown above. I wrote about Andrei’s beautiful photo in the first half of December. I wrote that Andrei’s photo “looks absolutely heavenly. It looks like you’re at the top of the world, with snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s definitely one of the best photos of the Alps that I’ve seen.” This photo makes you feel like you’re really up there.

Congratulations to Dacia, winner of the People’s Choice Award with the photo “Looking up“. The photo is very well composed with good color. I’m not quite sure what this structure is though. Perhaps it’s an old industrial building, with circular stairs inside the structure on the left and the floors are on the right. The screens are where the windows are to help keep the birds out, but to enable people to lean out to look outside. At least, that’s my guess. Anyone know for sure?

Andrei and Dacia will each receive the following prizes:

Congratulations again to both winners!

It’s a new year. You must have a lot of plans and things you’d like to accomplish this year. I do. Are you ready? Set? “Go” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for January. The Photobird Photo Contest is free to enter, so be sure to get your entry in and have your friends vote on their favorite photos before month’s end.

For more information on the contest, please check out the details here and, if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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“Wayne America” by Vicki Tinnon

December 26, 2008

“Wayne America”
© Copyright Vicki Tinnon

This wintery photo entitled “Wayne America” by Vicki Tinnon has a wonderfully nostalgic, All-American feel to it. The winter sun that is low on the horizon illuminates everything in the photo beautifully. The earthy, warm-toned rolls of brown grass contrast nicely with the huge blanket of snow in the foreground and the industrial cold and gray of the concrete and steel buildings in the background. You can find more photos of Wayne, Nebraska in Vicki Tinnon’s Photobird photo album entitled “Nebraska Life“.

Vicki Tinnon submits many of her photos for the Photobird Photo of the Hour. You can see more of Vicki Tinnon’s inspiring photos in her Photobird photo album at photobird.com/vickitinnon. Vicki Tinnon won the Photobird Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for May 2008 with her photo “Moving In“.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

You may also discuss your favorite Photobird Photos of the Hour in the Photobird forums.

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“Big Bear Lake, Ca. 2″ by David Cresine

December 18, 2008

“Big Bear Lake, Ca. 2″
© Copyright David Cresine

This coming Sunday, December 21, is the first day of winter and that means snow! David Cresine has submitted many snow photos for the Photobird Photo of the Hour and “Big Bear Lake, Ca. 2” shown above is one of them. To see more of David Cresine’s snow photos, read our snow photography tips below and take a look at his “Snow Forest” photo album inside his Photobird photo album.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

You may also discuss your favorite Photobird Photos of the Hour in the Photobird forums.

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20 Days Left: Photo Contest for December

December 12, 2008

“The Austrian Alps”
© Copyright Andrei

There’s still time to enter the Photobird Photo Contest for December, which ends on December 31, 2008 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. The contest is free to enter and the theme for this month’s contest is “Up”.

The contest photo shown above entitled “The Austrian Alps” by Andrei looks absolutely heavenly. It looks like you’re at the top of the world, with snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s definitely one of the best photos of the Alps that I’ve seen.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for December will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their contest entries at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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Snow Shots

March 3, 2008

“Snow 9″
© Copyright David Cresine

Getting a good picture when there’s a blanket of freshly fallen snow outside can present something of a challenge. Just ask Elizabeth West, who is no stranger to cold New England winters. In this article on photodoto, she says she’s struggled for years with her cameras’ annoying proclivity to turn any austere snow scene into a muddled range of grays.

Her solution? Somewhat counter-intuitively, she recommends adding more light by using the camera’s built-in snow setting or compensating the exposure by adding one to one-and-a-half stops.

She also recommends shooting when the sun is lower in the sky and including a spot of color in the photo to act as a point of reference to help viewers fully appreciate the wintry splendor.

Be sure to read her complete post for additional tips. Oh, and if you’re interested, you can also check out our other blog posts related to thriving, not just surviving, while shooting this winter:

Taking Photos in Low Temperatures.

Using Your Camera in Cold Temperatures.

Help, I Wet My Camera.

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