This tongue-in-cheek class will address ten steps every outdoor photographer can take to make their images worse. The ten topics we will cover to make sure your images are horrible are: 1) Make Sure You Always Take Your Image from the Exact Same Position; 2) Never, Ever Read Your Camera’s Manual; 3) Work Hard to Ignore the Edges of Your Image when Composing; 4) Only Take a Couple of Shots of Each Subject or Scene; 5) Whatever You Do, Don’t Take a Photography Class, Workshop or Go Out with a Pro; 6) Try Your Best to Imitate the Style(s) of Other Photographer(s); 7) Don’t Ever Worry about Shutter Speed, Using a Tripod, or other Forms of Stability; 8) Never Move Your Autofocus Point or Change Your Autofocus Mode; 9) Ignore Post-Processing, You Don’t Need It; and 10) Always Leave Your Camera in Auto or Program Mode.
It is necessary for a photographer of any skill level, to constantly be working on and honing their creativity, post-processing skills, understanding of their equipment, utilizing the best practices for stability, and constantly learning from other photographers.
Make Sure You Always Take Your Image from the Exact Same Position
Never, Ever Read Your Camera's Manual
Work Hard to Ignore the Edges of Your Image when Composing
Only Take a Couple of Shots of Each Subject or Scene
Whatever You Do, Don't Take a Photography Class, Workshop, or Go Out with a Pro
Try Your Best to Imitate the Style(s) of other Photographers
Don't Every Worry about Shutter Speed, Using a Tripod, or other Forms of Stability
Never Move Your Autofocus Point or Change Your Autofocus Mode
Ignore Post-Processing, You Don't Need It
Always Leave Your Camera in Auto or Program
Olympus Educator & Workshop Leader
As owner/operator of Big Bend Birding & Photo Tours, I focus my time on helping others enjoy the beauty of the Big Bend National Park Region and serving as a freelance photographer when time permits. Publishing is fun, but my main interest is in helping others find that special bird or teaching them to capture spectacular images while they are visiting Big Bend National Park or surrounding areas. I am an award winning photographer and my images have been in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Texas Highways, Bird Watcher’s Digest, & NANPA’s Expressions.
I also serve as a photography workshop instructor for Wildside Nature Tours and Kevin Loughlin with destinations such as the Galapagos Islands National Park, Ecuador, Amazon Riverboat Cruise, Costa Rica, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park in winter, and more. You can see some of my images from these destinations in my portfolio page on my website.
My passion for birding began during my first visit to Big Bend National Park in August 1989 when a Canyon Towhee caught my eye in the Chisos Basin. Since then, I have traveled to 49 states and 7 Canadian provinces in search of the birds and wildlife of North America. Big Bend is my favorite and I have been on every trail and road in the park. No one is better equipped to serve as your guide to make sure you have a wonderful experience in the park, Fort Davis, Marathon, Marfa, or other points in-between.