2020 Finalists :: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – Conservation through Competition

Fun! I’d love to be able to get wildlife shots like these.

The FINALISTS for the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have just been ANNOUNCED!!  We have been overwhelmed by the standard of entries this year, and by the number!  Never have we had so many entries, and of such high quality, and the judges will now settle down to many hours of sifting, scoring and selecting (with the odd cup of tea, biscuit, and light snooze thrown in no doubt).

Read the full article at www.comedywildlifephoto.com.

Photographer Captures Eagle and Fox Fighting Over Rabbit in Midair

Wow. I’d hope that I could react quickly enough to get a shot like this.

Wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi was out shooting a few days ago when he witnessed and photographed a crazy sight: a bald eagle and red fox fighting over a rabbit… in midair. While photographing the non-native foxes in San Juan Island National Historical Park on San Juan Island in Washington state, Ebi spotted a young red fox carrying a rabbit it had caught across a meadow.

Read the full article at petapixel.com.

The Stuff That Only Photographers Can Say Without Getting Arrested

I decided not to read all of these jokes at once. It’s better to meter them out.

Photographers are non-violent people until they snap. One of our favorite things to do for amusement and learning here on The Phoblographer is to check out Reddit to see what our fellow photographers are talking about or getting busy with.

Read the full article at www.thephoblographer.com.

Photos of a Starry Lightsaber Duel in the…

Photos of a Starry Lightsaber Duel in the World’s Largest Salt Flat

Here’s a light-painting photo shoot that Star Wars fans may appreciate: photographer Dominic Chiu visited the world’s largest salt flat and shot a series of photos showing a lightsaber duel under the reflected starry night sky. “Doing a set of Star Wars lightsaber pictures under billion of stars has always been my

Source: petapixel.com/2018/04/11/photos-of-a-starry-lightsaber-duel-in-the-worlds-largest-salt-flat/

How Do You Prep Photo Gear for Vacation?

I’m a mostly-serious amateur photographer. That means I really enjoy photography and am constantly trying to improve my technique. I read a lot of books, magazines, and blogs. I also view lots of examples on photo sites and take plenty of shots on vacation – experimenting with technique. It also means that I haven’t quite gotten serious enough to shoot other than vacations. I know I would do better by shooting every day or at least every weekend, but, the fact is, I don’t.

What this all means is that I spend time at the beginning of every vacation trying to remember the tips, tricks and techniques I learned the last time. It also means I spend time reading my camera manual to remember what the heck all of those buttons and dials are for!

Before my next trip, I wanted to change this approach. I figured I would start months in advance to reacquaint myself with photography. I’m starting by reviewing the camera manual and tips I’ve learned. I figured I would think about the different shooting scenarios I expect and create some simple checklists to make sure the camera was set the way I needed it before I start shooting. Then, I can focus (ha! get it? focus! sorry) on the good stuff – lighting, composition, not falling of the cliff into the ocean, and so forth.

So, after that long-winded explanation, I’m seeking your help. What do you do to prepare your gear (and your head) before vacation?

A Great Mac Tool for Digital Photographers (or Anyone Who Needs to Update Attributes!)

Since moving to the Mac, one of the things I’ve missed is a way to easily update the EXIF date for my digital photos. Photoshop won’t let me do it, nor will the Finder. If you think this isn’t a big deal, consider these problems:

  • Ever forget to set the time on your camera?
  • Have you modified photos and then find that iPhoto shows the out of order?
  • Do you have software that doesn’t read EXIF date but you want to sort by the date the picture was taken?

If you said yes to any of these, the you need A Better Finder Attributes. This software provides a number of different ways to update your files that Finder should have had. You can even set the changes you want to make and create a ‘droplet’ so you can just drag the files to the app and have them updated automatically.

Of course, there’s much more to it than changing EXIF date and file dates. You can modify a good number of attributes that normally require you to create some pretty ugly terminal command lines.

Plus, the developer is quite responsive to support requests.

Check it out today!