Tips For The Film Photographer And The Frequent Traveler

An exposed film is a traveling photographer’s nightmare. Since going through strenuous airport security is a must while traveling, it can cause damage not just to the film, but the camera itself. But what can photographers do to minimize the damage? Here are tips for the film photographer and frequent traveler.

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For those traveling long-haul, it may be best to mail films instead of carrying it along. It can be a hassle going through a lot of security inspections. Sending films to the destination in advance can help avoid damages and delays. Big shipping companies are able to take care of films and cameras through their media mail services. Mailing films are more secure and convenient than having to go through different security scans.


No other choice but to carry your film around? Here’s how you can secure your films.

Before traveling, it is best for photographers to check security guidelines set by the airport for carrying film. There are airports that offer hand inspection, and not X-ray ones, for handling film cameras. It’s always best to ask before risking good films.

You can keep your film safe by keeping it in a plastic canister. You can also put it in a zip bag so you can retrieve it easily. Never pack your films on your checked-in baggage, as it can be damaged by airport and airplane personnel.

Hi, I’m Keith W. Springer. I’m a retired photographer with a knack for traveling. Interested in learning more about photography? Follow me on Twitter!



What’s a bullet journal?

Ever wondered what the buzz about the bullet journal is about? For someone who is no longer acquainted in the age of the internet, I learned about bullet journaling from my children and grandchildren. On the surface, it looks like an ordinary notebook, but it seems a lot of people swear their schedules and their creativity by it. So what is it, really, and why are people (from all age ranges) crazy over bullet journaling?

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A bullet journal is no ordinary notebook. It lets users accommodate their planning schemes while they become creative with it. You can make to-do lists, calendars, brainstorming notes, and more with it. And if you’re like me who has never really liked a planner’s design, owning a bullet journal is a blank slate that lets you make the planner of you’re dreams.

A lot of people own several notebooks for several occasions, but a bullet journal, being the flexible notebook that it is, keeps all your ideas and notes in one place. It doesn’t have to be uniform (but it can be, if you wish to), and it shows off your personality. There’s a trend in bullet journaling called habit tracker, which works well for people who want to maintain good habits into their system. I did one myself—a water intake tracker—to make sure I drink enough fluids every day.

Ready to take your creativity to the next level? Try bullet journaling, and enjoy your time writing and creating new stuff!

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Hi, I’m Keith W. Springer, a retired photographer into bullet journaling. Learn more about journaling when you visit this page.

Landscape Photography: When To Use Telephoto Lens

When shooting landscapes, the rule of thumb is to use a wide-angle lens to allow the photographer to fit every element of the image into the frame with sharpness and depth. Without using this specific lens, it would be difficult to capture the foreground and the horizon at the right focus, resulting in a blurry photo.


Another lens type that has proven useful for landscape photographers is the telephoto lens. It is normally used to capture objects from a distance by magnifying them. Thus, it might seem inappropriate for landscape photography, where there is an objective of creating a wide depth of field.

However, telephoto lenses give landscape photographers distinct advantages in the following scenarios:

Capturing far away objects

There are instances when photographers want to take photos of objects that they simply cannot get close enough to. The spot might probably be restricted to humans or hazardous. Thus, a telephoto lens would come in handy.

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Trimming off or compressing visual elements

Because a telephoto lens provides a narrow field of view, it is perfect for getting rid of visual elements that could distract from the intended subject or scene, such as the curve of a mountain or the silhouette of a tree.

Isolating subject from background

Similar to the previous scenario, there are times when photographers would want to isolate a subject from the landscape background; again, a telephoto lens is the suitable choice. An example of this is focusing on a flower or animal with a landscape or mountains in the background.

Hello, I’m Keith W. Springer, a photographer whose passion is nature photography. My primary interest is taking photos of and in national parks, which is where you would see me most days. For more discussion on photography, follow me on Twitter.

Landscape photography traps you should avoid

If you’ve played around landscape photography, you’ve probably realized the fundamental problem of the craft: not every landscape will easily translate into an equally compelling photograph.

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When we are at a place, the smells, sounds, warmth and the emotions we have combine for an overall experience. Our job as photographers is to translate that into a photograph. There are many problems that a lot of beginner photographers make when they try to capture landscapes. Here are some of them:

1. Crooked horizons

Most landscape photos feature the horizon, it’s one of the main features of the genre. So, when the line dividing the sky and the land is not perfectly straight across, the whole picture looks totally out of proportion. In digital cameras, there are grid overlays that help you straighten up your framing before you take the shot. Take advantage of it.

Eye-level perspective

Most people photograph from an eye-level standing position producing photos that look as you would expect them. Try climbing on top of something, or get closer to the ground the get a more interesting perspective.

Empty skies

Without clouds, birds, or other interesting features, an empty sky can make your photo flat and boring. Try framing your picture with something interesting in the sky. If there are nothing interesting to show, minimize the space the sky occupies in your photo.

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A Photography Guide To Capturing Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park located in the Sierra Madre Mountains of California, is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the world, and only a few equal to it. That’s why thousands of tourists visit the national park regularly. Yosemite’s Half Dome or Yosemite Falls are its most popular draws.


Here are the best spots from which to photograph Yosemite National Park:

Valley View/Gates of the Valley

You’ll see this photograph everywhere when you search for Yosemite on the internet. It’s popular because of the stark contrast of the serenity of the river and the majesty of El Capitan, the tallest mountain face in the park. The place is perfect to photograph during sunrise and sunset.



Horsetail Falls

This is a natural phenomenon that happens only in February involving the angle of the sun. Since it only happens for a couple of weeks in February, the influx of photographers will be higher than normal peak hours. But the result will be worth it after you capture a false as if it was lava.

Half Dome

This is probably the most famous image that represents Yosemite National Park. There are several spots from which to photograph Half Dome, but the easiest to access is probably the Sentinel Bridge.

Hi there! My name’s Keith W. Springer. I’m a retired photographer from New York, and now, I spend my free time taking photos of national parks around the country. Visit my blog to read more of my adventure.

Panoramic Photography: Tips For Nature Photographers

Nature photographs like landscapes are best captured using wide angle lenses-the wider the shot, the better.  But sometimes it isn’t enough to capture the beautiful scenery.  That’s when panoramic photography comes in.  Here are some tips for capturing panoramic shots.


1. Use cameras with built-in level 

The built-in level allows you to capture panoramic shots and view the results real-time so you can see if the camera is straight or not. Shooting straight will make image stitching a lot easier.

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2. Invest in tripods and ballheads.

A ballhead that can pan fluidly makes taking the shot a lot easier. There are a lot fancy ounts out there that promise to take your panoramic photography up a notch. But all youreally need is a good tripod, a smooth ballhead, the right skills, and a good subject.


3. Acquire post-editing skills

Apps like photoshop and lightroom can be really handy when you’re taking panoramic shots. The layer masking feature in these editors make photo stitching smooth.

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4. Try vertical shots 

We’re used to seeing horizontal panorama.  But nature photography isn’t limited to that. Try shooting vertically when capturing waterfalls and streams.


Keith W. Springer here. I’m a retired photographer. I like giving tips about photography, so be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates.

The Dark Room: How Photography Used To Be

Photography today is far from what it used to be. It seems that for the most part, technology has perfected shots such that photographers can afford to make more mistakes with their DSLR cameras. Before, everything was more deliberate, not to mention cumbersome.

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Back in the day, the magic was done within the confines of a dark room. The reason the darkness was crucial to developing good pictures is that it allowed for processing of the light-sensitive materials. One mistake in lighting could impact the processing of the whole film, and consequently, the final product itself.

An essential tool that made developing photographs successful is the enlarger. This mainly magnified the image that has been captured on film, which then made it larger so that the details could be transferred onto a photographic sheet medium. This took time to create, and it had to be handled with utmost care.

Then the final print had to be treated with all sorts of chemicals. This was the final step to revealing whether or not the shot taken was a success.

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Today, the process has been eliminated entirely. Most of the digital generation of photographers only have to be mindful of taking as many shots as they can, through which they can choose from a variety of shots. From the standpoint of a photographer from the film age, this can be just little challenging to adapt to, but maybe not too much to handle.

Hello, I’m Keith W. Springer. I was working as a photographer long before the DSLR came out. During the days of film, I spent a lot of time in the darkroom making sure that my pictures came out the way I wanted them to. To read more about film photography, visit this page.

Yellowstone’s Picturesque Views For The Nature Photographer

Ah, Yellowstone. I can’t deny how much I’m in awe of this place. Although I live miles away from the park, I can still vividly remember my nature-filled photo walks in Yellowstone. If you’re a nature photographer thinking about shooting marvelous sites in the famous National Park, here are some photo spots that will give you an amazing time (and an amazing set of travel images).

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Boiling River

Boiling River is a hot spring between Gardiner and Mammoth. It’s a great place where you can find wildlife like the elk, bighorn, and pronghorn, and it has beautiful colors that will make a great impression in photos.

Old Faithful

It might not be the tallest geyser in Yellowstone, but Old Faithful is the most famous in the park. You can witness its erupting spectacle from a distance, and it happens every 90 minutes. The eruption usually takes around 90 seconds to five minutes, so you’ll surely have plenty of time to see it.

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Grand Prismatic Spring

When on a trip to Yellowstone, tourists can never miss the Grand Prismatic Spring. More than a breathtaking scenery, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third largest spring in the whole world. Photographers love shooting its rainbow-colored algae rings and misty fringes. It’s really worth the trip.

Hi there, I’m Keith W. Springer, a retired photographer based in New York City. Learn more about event and outdoor photography when you visit this blog.

Kids at Play: Highlighting the Fun in Photography

Nature and wildlife are often the subjects when we head out to parks; but people can breathe life into photos, too. And in parks, you’ll often see kids playing around.

A note, however, before venturing to photograph kids at parks: you need to ask permission, especially from the parents if it’s alright to take photos of their kids. If you have kids of your own, the better, then you can fire away as they do what they do best: have fun!

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The best time of the day to shoot at the park is in the early morning or late afternoon. The midday sun will only cast shadows and obscure the expressions on kids’ faces. Ample light during the day is also very important when shooting moving subjects to keep the images sharp.

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In photographing kids, you have to be as patient as much as they are restless. Do not get frustrated if a child does not stay long in their current position before you could get a shot. With patience, even after many attempts, you’re bound to get gold in one of them.

I’m Keith W. Springer from Brooklyn, New York. I used to work as a professional photographer, but now that I’m retired, I like to take it easy when it comes to taking photos, and nature is currently my favorite subject. Follow my blog for more tips on photography.

The most picturesque places in New York

Throughout my time in the Big Apple, I’ve seen truly remarkable places for photography. I know these places have time and again been named as the most photographer-friendly locations in the city, and you’re probably tired of hearing about them. But believe me, if you’ve seen them yourself, you’ll understand all the hype.

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The observation deck of the Rock

No, this isn’t Alcatraz. It’s that other Rock, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It’s highly recommended that photographers line up an hour before sunset, so when they reach the top, it’ll be just in time for that beautiful horizon. Some photographers have even said the view from here is better than that of our next entry.

Empire State Building

If sunset is the perfect time for photography on the Rock’s observation deck, nighttime is the best time for photography on the Empire State Building’s observation deck. It’s been featured in countless movies throughout the decades, and the 360-degree view will leave anyone speechless.

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Brooklyn Bridge

The entire walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the bridge will take your breath away. Time the walk during sunset. The New York skyline will be shown from a different perspective. A summer walk is perfect since it won’t be too cold.

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