Buddy Bison's Photography Corner: Turn That Camera!
As we all know, one of the best ways to capture our park memories is through photographs. NPT’s Artist Ambassador, Frank Lee Ruggles, a former official photographer for the National Park Service, has taken tens of thousands of photographs in America’s parks. During this momentous occasion in NPS history, Frank has this tip for you to try.
“You’ve just hiked all morning to get to the top of the ridge in anticipation for the perfect shot. When that moment comes and you finally snap that photo, it’s great but not what you had envisioned. You must be thinking, ‘Oh I needed a better lens or filter to make the scene that much better.’ New equipment can certainly help, but it’s costly and adds bulk to the bag and is not always necessary. How about turning the camera? When I do find a shot, I'll take the image both in a horizontal and vertical camera orientation. When I’m sorting through my photos at home, I often realize that my second choice was actually the better shot. Next time you are photographing try this tip, and notice how something as simple as a camera turn can enliven your photo.”
For the National Park Service’s Centennial, get outside with your camera and capture all the fun! Share how you celebrate the Centennial with us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. And be sure to take me along. I can’t wait to see your photos!