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July 2013
Runge Nature Center - upcoming insect programs and insect checklist
Bee Assassin, Apiomerus crassipes
Nature Connects Exhibit at Powell Gardens
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis

April 2013
World Pinhole Camera Day, April 28, 2013 - information on participating in World Pinhold Camera Day and making your own pinhole camera
Shooting Star, Dodecatheon meadia

January 2013
Dropbox - managing phone photos
Ozark Witch Hazel
Nathan Sawaya's "The Art of the Brick"

October 2012
Pet Photography
Learn to Identify Insects
Second Saturday for Kids & Artrageous Weekend
Giant Ichneumonid Wasps & Pigeon Horntails

July 2012
Making a Photo Journal
Second Saturday for Kids
Videos of Clark Little's Wave Photography
National Moth Week Events

January 2012
Photographing Snow - avoid gray snow with proper exposure
Clark Little - wave photography
Bug Eric - insect blog
Growth Charts
First National Moth Week

October 2011
Sharing Photos with Flickr: Advantages over Facebook
Sessile Trillium or Wake Robin
History of Photography Podcasts
Coldwater Creek Photo Exhibit and Reception
Insect Identification Workshops

July 2011
Brief Review of GIMP Photo Editing Software
Insects: Striped Hairstreak, Six-banded Longhorn Beetle Periodical Cicadas
Photograph or Computer Generated Image

April 2011
Basic Fixes in Picasa
Understanding Histograms
Insects: Moth Fly, Ninebark Calligraphy Beetle
Other Images: Toothwort (blooming April 2, 2011)

October 2010
Managing Your Digital Images, Part 2: keywording and rating images in Picasa
Change Your Camera Battery Before It Dies
Insects: Eyed Paectes
Other Images: fall Maple leaves, fall color abstract

July 2010
Managing Your Digital Images, Part 1: from camera to computer, file organization, backing up
Why You Shouldn't Save Over Your Original Jpgs
Insects: Yellowjacket Hover Fly
Other Images: MKT Trail (lensbaby photograph)



how to take photographs of insects and flowers

I frequently have visitors to my studio in downtown Columbia, Missouri, ask about how I manage to make close-up photographs showing such exquisite details of insects and flowers. Here are just a few tips and suggestions:

Practice approaching insects - you want to move quickly enough to approach the insect before it moves away but still avoid scaring it. Best advice - a smooth approach.

Wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt - to get great photographs, you'll need to be willing to lay down in long grass. I basically spend the entire summer covered in chigger bites.

You'll have a very limited depth of field - it's most important to get the eyes in sharp focus.

Pay attention to the background - a larger aperture will reduce depth of field, but will help you produce a background free of clutter which helps the insect stand out. Depending on your preferences, you can also reduce background clutter while maximizing depth of field by using flash and allowing your background to be reduced to black.




how to take photographs of dog agility

Use a shutter speed of at least 1/800; that will work for slower dogs, increase the shutter speed for fast dogs.

Using a small aperture will provide more depth of field, but will also reduce light entering the lens. You will need to compensate by using a slower shutter speed or a higher ISO.

Using a large aperture will let in more light and permit a faster shutter speed and lower ISO. The shallow depth of field may result in more images out of focus, but the out of focus background will probably be more pleasing.



updated 12 July 2013