Photography tips

Amish child (boy) and cat, portrait on farm, Lancaster, PA ©Blair Seitz

Photographing the Amish with Respect

The question I am asked most often when I show my photographs of the Amish is, “Isn’t it true that Amish do not want their pictures taken?” This is correct—they do not pose for photos because of the Bible verse, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” (Exodus 20: 4-5).  But I find that…
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Aerial photos are wall decor at Geisinger hospital in Pennsylvania

Fine art photography makes great décor

Photography has greatly evolved since the 1950s, where unlike today’s millions of pixels per image, the first pixel pictures produced by Russell Kirsch only had 176 pixels across the entire image. Along with photography, technology has greatly evolved with smartphones revolutionizing the photography industry as we know it. Digital photography, particularly the smartphone’s capabilities, have…
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Photographing birds in Costa Rica

When I was 12-years-old I carried binoculars out our long gravel lane bounded by woods on both sides. I found birds—downy woodpeckers, cardinals, titmouse, chickadees. Since then I’ve enjoyed birds, but, alas, have not felt that I’ve had time to wait to photograph them. That was until I had shoulder surgery, which required weeks of…
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Choose backlight for landscapes

Do you want your landscape photos to appear 3-D? Do you want the greens of your grasslands to be richer? The way to go is to scrap the conventional “from over the shoulder” lighting and find landscapes which have the sunlight coming from behind the vista. As I look over my landscape photos (including aerial…
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Outstanding close-up photography

Our aim is to make close-up photos so that the subjects are not confused with a busy background. We want the floral butterfly or bird to stand out from the background. The delineation from the background will help make the photograph artistically pleasing. For our purposes, the science of the flower’s stem and leaves, for…
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Taking fireworks photos

July 4th is a great time to make candid photographs of people because the community is usually preoccupied with enjoying food, the company of friends and relaxation while waiting for the big event – the fireworks. I revel in walking among groups and making photos of odd arrangements, unusual expressions, clothing or activity. In a…
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