Which gear do the top Commons photographers use?

Which gear do the top Commons photographers use?

Today, I was curious to know which gear Commons photographers use. As Wikimedia Commons doesn’t provide any data on camera types (most other photography sites do), I decided to collect the data myself. Now, that being said, it might be obvious that I had to make some choices. Every day, many thousands of photos get uploaded to Commons and I couldn’t sift through all that data. So I decided to look at what kind of cameras the top...

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3 simple ways to gain respect when you’re new to an online photo community

3 simple ways to gain respect when you’re new to an online photo community

With digital photography playing an increasingly important role in many people’s lives, joining an online photo community is the logical next step. Be it Flickr, 500px, Instagram or Wikimedia Commons – finding a way to get recognized by others and getting feedback on your images has the potential of improving your photography and image editing skills big way. Yet, as a longtime contributor to online photo communities, I’ve seen...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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...

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