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I dropped out of 100wikiCommonsDays – here’s why I enjoyed it anyway

Posted by on February 11, 2017 in All, Wikimedia Commons | Comments Off on I dropped out of 100wikiCommonsDays – here’s why I enjoyed it anyway

I dropped out of 100wikiCommonsDays – here’s why I enjoyed it anyway

Is it possible to upload a photo to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia’s media repository, every day for 100 consecutive days? The answer is yes. Until today, two photographers have completed the challenge and many more will hopefully follow their lead. I started my own 100wikiCommons challenge and dropped out after uploading 68 photos. Here’s why I enjoyed it anyway. I always admired fellow photographers who participated in “365 Projects”. Taking at least one photograph every single day, for a full year, seemed inspiring...

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Top photo spots for San Francisco nature and wildlife photographers (1): January

Posted by on February 4, 2017 in All, Landscape Photography, Local Travel, Nature Photography, Travel Photography, Wildlife Photography | Comments Off on Top photo spots for San Francisco nature and wildlife photographers (1): January

Top photo spots for San Francisco nature and wildlife photographers (1): January

When friends from other countries visit San Francisco, they often ask me about my favorite photography spots. As a nature and wildlife photographer based in Mill Valley, I prefer the area north of the Golden Gate Bridge: Marin County and Sonoma County. Both are breathtakingly beautiful and offer an abundance of photo opportunities. But not every photo spot is attractive throughout the year. Wildlife behavior will be different depending on the time of your visit. Flowers only bloom at certain times of the year. That’s why I decided to...

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A Wikipedia Photographer in Yellowstone (2): Do’s and dont’s of wildlife photography in a national park

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in All, Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Travel Photography, Wikimedia Commons, Wildlife Photography | Comments Off on A Wikipedia Photographer in Yellowstone (2): Do’s and dont’s of wildlife photography in a national park

A Wikipedia Photographer in Yellowstone (2): Do’s and dont’s of wildlife photography in a national park

After having spent some time in Yellowstone, I’d like to offer some advice to fellow photographers who are planning to visit the park. Do’s Get up early: The best time to shoot is early in the day. That’s when most of the animals are active because they’re feeding. Also, early in the morning is when you get good lighting conditions. The easiest way to getting better pictures is buying an alarm clock and getting up at around 4 or 5 am. Most outdoor photographers shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon....

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A Wikipedia Photographer in Yellowstone (1): Five essential pieces of gear I’ll be taking on my upcoming trip to the world’s oldest national park

Posted by on April 10, 2016 in All, Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Wikimedia Commons, Wildlife Photography | Comments Off on A Wikipedia Photographer in Yellowstone (1): Five essential pieces of gear I’ll be taking on my upcoming trip to the world’s oldest national park

A Wikipedia Photographer in Yellowstone (1): Five essential pieces of gear I’ll be taking on my upcoming trip to the world’s oldest national park

Now that I’m basically done with booking the photography trip of my dreams, the time has come to think about what pieces of gear I will take with me to Yellowstone. In less than three weeks, I’ll be headed to Bozeman, Montana. After picking up a 500 mm telephoto rental lens, a can of bear spray, and a Subaru four-wheel drive, I will be based for a week in Mammoth Hot Springs, in the northwestern corner of the park. As cold and snow of winter often linger into April and May in Yellowstone, park visitors have to prepare for low...

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Book Review: Conservation Photography Handbook

Posted by on March 27, 2016 in All, Book Review, Conservation Photography | Comments Off on Book Review: Conservation Photography Handbook

Book Review: Conservation Photography Handbook

Why would someone be interested in becoming a conservation photographer? The answer is simple. Conservation photography gives your work as a photographer extra direction and meaning. Instead of taking pictures of nature and wildlife that are just pleasing to the viewer, getting involved in conservation photography will give you the pleasure of knowing that your images help with protecting and preserving the environment. But how does someone become a conservation photographer? What are the specific requirements for people who would like to get...

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My favorite nature and wildlife photos of 2015 on Wikipedia

Posted by on January 9, 2016 in All, Featured, Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Wikimedia Commons, Wildlife Photography | Comments Off on My favorite nature and wildlife photos of 2015 on Wikipedia

My favorite nature and wildlife photos of 2015 on Wikipedia

It’s been a while that I presented a selection of my favorite new Wikipedia images here. However, over the past 12 months, volunteers around the world have been out in the field shooting nature and wildlife. By uploading them under a free license, these volunteers made their work available to a broad public. The results are breathtaking. Not only am I amazed by the quality of the shots, but also by the selflessness of these photographers who shared their photos with millions of Wikipedia readers. Wherever you are on this planet – I wish...

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No need to sell your car to get the lighting right in food photography

Posted by on December 6, 2014 in All, Common Photography Problems, Food Photography, Tutorial | Comments Off on No need to sell your car to get the lighting right in food photography

No need to sell your car to get the lighting right in food photography

A pronounced desire to solve artistic problems with the help of technical equipment seems to be a common pattern, notably among male human beings. Not so long ago, in a Wikipedia discussion about an upcoming food photography session, one of the participants asked: “Another question about the equipment. Which studio flash system will we be working with? Are we going to have access to different soft light devices? (note for my German readers: I had to look up the word “Lichtformer” in a German dictionary and I’m still...

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Why Yahoo selling canvas prints from my free images uploaded to Flickr doesn’t bother me

Posted by on November 30, 2014 in All, Flickr, Free Licenses, Wikimedia Commons | 7 comments

Why Yahoo selling canvas prints from my free images uploaded to Flickr doesn’t bother me

A few days after Flickr announced it would begin selling canvas prints of Creative Commons-licensed images, Doug MacMillan, a journalist from the Wall Street Journal contacted me. One of my photos had been featured prominently on Flickr’s Marketplace and Doug asked: Did you know Flickr is now selling your photos and keeping all of the revenue they generate? Were you notified by Flick by email or any other way? Are you okay with this? Did you ever anticipate this use of your work when you posted to Flickr? Last Sunday, I spoke to Doug on...

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Six bird photos on Wikimedia Commons that make you wish you had feathers

Posted by on October 20, 2014 in All, Wikimedia Commons, Wildlife Photography | 1 comment

Six bird photos on Wikimedia Commons that make you wish you had feathers

Taking photos of birds is one of the most difficult things to do in wildlife photography. Birds are skittish, they fly away once you get close to them, and most of them are small enough to make you wonder whether you should ask your spouse for a 800mm lens as your next birthday present. For some of us, these challenges increase the joy of photographing birds. Over the course of 2014, ambitious volunteers from different parts of the world have been uploading bird photos to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia’s image repository. Their volunteer...

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If your bird photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not low enough

Posted by on September 7, 2014 in All, Common Photography Problems, Shooting technique, Wildlife Photography | 2 comments

If your bird photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not low enough

War photographer Robert Capa is famous for saying “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” While this is definitely true, I’d like to suggest a variation of this sentence that applies to bird photography: “If your bird photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not low enough.” Why shooting from a low position results in better bird pictures Most novice bird photographers tend to take shots from above. This is especially true for those who try to capture water birds...

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