You don’t have to spend a fortune today to get photography equipment capable of taking amazing photos. However, many people own the equipment, but haven’t learned how to optimally utilize the features that today’s state-of-the-art equipment provides. Many people don’t like reading manuals. They learn more rapidly by example and hands on demonstrations and that’s where I can help! Here are a few topics I like to cover:
- Basic features to allow you to get consistently good exposures in a variety of conditions.
- Relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO required to achieve consistent proper exposures.
- How aperture can control depth of field and shutter speed can stop action or blur motion.
- Some of the focusing methods and metering methods available in most DSLR cameras.
- How to switch settings back and forth for wildlife and landscapes opportunities (and why).
- How RAW captures can help produce better images.
- How and when to use polarizing filters, graduated neutral density filters and various add-ons.
- Help with basic composition.
- Photography etiquette while in the parks.
- How to plan and prepare equipment for the most rapid deployment and predictable shooting.
Typically, I shoot right alongside the client. This allows them to better appreciate some of the gear they might want to add and see how quickly and efficiently a pro photographer works. Most people in this group still want to capture good photos and have a chance to see wildlife, but their primary focus is to learn how to use their camera and lenses.
Clients in this group might also overlap into the Advanced to Semi-Pro group. I customize each trip based on the requests and desires of the client. Before the upcoming trip, I send out a questionnaire that helps me work out a general plan for the client.
With either group, we often take “the obligatory shots”….the standard photos everybody else takes. I then encourage people to change angles, get high, get low to help capture something more unique and appealing. Instead of just an animal profile image (which we all have a lot of), I encourage my clients to begin to watch for photos that tell a story of some kind. They are harder to find—but much more rewarding when we do!
A Photographer’s Trip to Jackson Hole. This page might help you on a trip to the Tetons. It is loaded with tips and suggestions about a trip here!