I’m Jim Feldkamp, nature lover and photographer. Ever since my first adventure in the great outdoors with my friends, I’ve been hooked. I spend a lot of time in the city, which is why I cherish every minute I have in nature preserves and hiking […]
My name is Jim Feldkamp and I spend a lot of time in nature, taking pictures and admiring what the world has to offer. People have to understand the abundance of natural beauty in the world. You could spend your entire life traversing the planet […]
I’m Jim Feldkamp and I’ve been on enough nature shoots to know that as beautiful as the world is, it still possesses some inherent dangers. Maybe it was the excitement of the adventure ahead, but many of the people I know who’ve had accidents while hiking in nature didn’t prepare well enough for the trip.
As a nature photographer, I found out rather early on just how treacherous the great outdoors can be for a novice hiking alone, with very little preparation. I remember like it was yesterday when I failed to check the weather report and was stuck in a forest, trying to keep my gear as dry as possible. After that day, I always made sure I had all the bases covered. And you should, too.
Here are some tips I learned along the way, that may be able to help you on your next nature hike.
Know the weather conditions of the day/week.
As I mentioned earlier, I was a victim of bad weather. Aside from my gear almost getting ruined, I was stranded in a place that was unfamiliar to me. All of this could’ve been avoided of course, had I not been so oblivious to the news. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, it would be a good idea to postpone the trip. Remember, safety should be your top priority.
Research on wildlife in the area.
Some of the most terrifying stories I’ve heard from fellow nature photographers had to do with coming face-to-face with the apex predators in the area. Never forget that we share the world with some mighty fierce creatures. Research on wildlife. Know if there are any predators such as bears, wolves, mountain lions, or any other native creatures that may pose a threat to your safety.
Tell people where you’re headed.
Let those close to you know about your plans and when you’re scheduled to be back. That way, if anything out of the ordinary happens, and you find yourself stranded, people will come looking for you.
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I’m Jim Feldkamp. I’m very passionate about hiking and taking photographs, and I’m in love with our natural world. I believe that what we have today needs to be preserved for future generations. It is our responsibility to leave the world as beautiful as it […]
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3 Basics of Macro Photography by Jim Feldkamp
When Jim Feldkamp fell in love with nature photography, what he found most frustrating was having to always check weather conditions first before hitting his favorite national park or even just their community park. Rains mean staying indoors. That is, until he discovered the perfect spot to practice his nature photography skills without leaving home: his beautiful backyard.
Since the depth of field is limited, he decided to focus on macro photography. And it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made, Jim Feldkamp says amusingly. Macro photography is magic. Below he shares his three basic tips for newbie macro photographers:
1. Use a macro lens
Whether you buy one or borrow a friend’s, a macro lens is essential if you want to get as vivid a picture as you can without disturbing the subject. A good macro lens should have a focal length of around 90mm to 100mm and a 1:1 magnification ratio.
2. Use natural light
Although some would argue that flash is necessary in macro photography, Jim Feldkamp thinks otherwise. The only times he uses flash are when he takes close-up pictures of plants and flowers. For insects, he prefers using natural light because the flash might surprise the bug and cause it to fly or scurry away.
3. Manual focus
With a 1:1 magnification ratio, auto focus might distort your image. Plus, depth of field is generally limited in macro photography, and if you’re using a dedicated macro lens, AF might get your camera to focus on anything but your subject. Instead of relying on your lens’ auto focus function, use manual focus. MF also renders more vivid pictures when photo stacking.
Ready to practice your nature photography skills? Go out into the yard and start snapping!
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