Modern Photography

The keys to modern photography are portability, extraordinary resolution and the affordability of repeated experiments enabled by...

..the advent of high resolution digital cameras.

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This is a jumping spider from the mangroves at Cygnet Bay

As modern photography advances improve photographic equipment, lenses, and techniques, the variety of advanced photography styles available to wildlife photographers continues to expand exponentially.

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This is what we know on the boats as a green 'prawn killer'. It is also known as a Mantis Shrimp At Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, I get to spend time on the work boats photographing the life that lives on the underwater panels they use to grow the pearl shells on.

I had many tries at getting a good wildlife art photograph of these amazing creatures. When I came across this one perched on this spongy ball...

...I had already taken and reviewed scores of shots of the same type of animal - so I knew what I wanted.

To me that is the single greatest advent of modern photography...

...we can trial shots and review (and delete) them in the field - at no extra cost.

And this creates a whole new affordable way of...

...learning photography by practice.

Not so long ago in the days of rolls of film, we usually shot 24 or 36 pictures and then waited for the prints or slides to be processed to learn where we went right and wrong. I remember being taught by a great underwater photographer that...

...1 in 36 publishable photos was a good strike rate for underwater photography.

And that is how I learnt my early foundations of photography. But...

...modern photography has different considerations to the film days.

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My daughter named this character 'Flootie' - it is a mangrove tree snail that takes on fantasy character features. This picture is possible because I was able to experiment while photographing these creatures in the Kimberley mangroves near Broome.

But the advantages of being able to try lots of different things while photographing is a double edged sword. While we take lots of pictures to test style, technique and content - we are also tempted to keep our experiments, and we finish up with...

...an unwieldy amount of experimental pictures.

I strongly recommend you read my main digital photography tips and create some working rules for yourself and save yourself a lot of grief and clutter.

Modern photography needs rules to focus our efforts. But the upside is huge - we are free to practice without the natural restrictions that were previously mandatory because of the technological capabilities and associated costs of film processing.

Practice is the key to being ready for a great shot when the moment presents.

Digital photography allows us the luxury of practicing on anything we like at no extra cost. My subjects are often the size of my fingernail - so...

...I have taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of my fingernail...

...and reviewed them for sharpness, lighting, signal noise (aka iso), depth of field, color and shaky blurs. And I still do...

...every time I am in the field.

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You won't find a photo of my fingernail and finger in fine art galleries - but it is this picture repeated over and over again that has got many of my other pictures there. In this test my finger looks a bit sad because I picked four crates of mangoes a few hours before the shot.

This finger test has almost always been my personal prelude to any serious attempt at a fine art photo.

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The subject area of this macro photograph of a shrimp is the size of my finger and fingernail.

My specialty in modern art pictures sits comfortably in the popular category of 'sea art' and I am creating an individual 'sea clip art' gallery for anybody who wants something to dress up science marine and inter-tidal world documents or web pages. (in development).

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