FastBytes Digital Photography
photography - imaging - prints

my photographs
photography tips

What cameras do I use?
Bring along what ever camera you have even if its a phone camera. Point and shoot as well as phone cameras are getting better everyday! My DSLR camera's are a Nikon D7200 and 7100 (primary and backup)  I also use a Nikon P7800 point and shoot.

What DSLR camera lenses do I use and recommend?
For wildlife and scenic photography I have two lenses that I'm very pleased with. For most wildlife and some scenic situations my 'go to' lens is a Tamron 150-600mm. Wildlife photographers can't get enough reach, but the cost of super-telephoto lenses can be out of reach for most of us, you may want to consider renting. For many wildlife situations and to remain a safe and respectful distance from your subject you want the longest lenses you have access to. I'm seeing amazing results from many point and shot cameras with 10x and better zooms. For most scenic situations I use a Nikon 18-55mm. I also have a Tokina 11-14mm for astro and some landscapes.

Nikon or Canon?
If anyone tells you one is better than the other that person is not paying attention, or they are just interested in selling you what they have. My advise is to go to your favorite camera store and pick them up and see which feels the most comfortable and seems to be the most intuitive to you. There are also other great products like Pentax, Leica, Sony and Zeiss.

What is HDR?
In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.

Great lighting makes great photos.Use the long shadows and warm colors of the early and late hours of daylight.

Keep the backgrounds simple with your wildlife subjects. Watch out for trees and poles that seem to sprout from your subject’s head.

Off-centering your subject adds depth and interest to your photos.

Polarizing filters add punch to landscapes, especially in the sky.

Get a massive media card. You'll want at least a 32 GB card, and always carry a backup.

Shoot at the highest resolution you camera offers. You can always reduce the size, but not so easy to add resolution later.

Sunset and sunrise landscapes often require the use of neutral density filters.

Create motion in your water photos with long shutter speeds. You must use a tripod and set your shutter to an exposure of one second or longer.

Don’t stress your wildlife subject. Keep a safe distance when viewing or photographing wildlife. If the animal's behavior changes, such as eating, resting or reacts at all to you, you are TOO close. Move away.