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A quick note for those willing to take their cameras and venture out into a snow storm.  Yup, keep’em as dry as you can as snow is made up of water after all!  But many folks ask how they can get great ‘snowing’ photos.  The key is to utilize your stop action techniques from other scenarios for capturing snowflakes as they fall.  That’s when they look their best!  The two photos here are identical except for the exposure used to get the shot.  The one on the left has a shutter speed of 1/125 Sec and the one on the right has a shutter speed of 1/30 Sec.  Doesn’t that one look more like rain than like snow?  In this case I increased my ISO to get the shutter speed to be faster to stop the action.  The aperture is the same for both (f10) as I wanted a lot of depth of field as that island & lighthouse are pretty far away in comparison to the snow & rocks right in front of me.

So, choose the aperture you need for the scene and make sure your shutter speed is faster than 1/125 Sec for just about 90% of snowing conditions.

I’ve added another image below showing a shutter speed of 1/340 Sec for even better ‘stop action’ results.  There is less blur in the snow flakes than in either image above.  What this means is you should take multiple photos at different shutter speeds, review the images and choose the one you like best.  A little blur is ok but a lot is not.  Your goals should be to make the snow flakes look like it’s snowing and not raining.  So, with another snow storm coming up shortly get ready.  Protect your camera & lense, bring your tripod, find a scene you like and get the shot!

Bob Ring


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“Excuse me.  Excuse me.”

“Ah, yes.”

“What are you photographing in those puddles?”

“I’m capturing the reflection of the lighthouse along with the lighthouse and sky….”


I was lying face down right on the edge of a puddle at Nubble Light in York, Maine yesterday.  Then moving to a different puddle and lying right at the edge of it. I had my camera touching the water and using the flip up screen to see the images as I composed my photos.  Some folks must have thought I was crazy!  There were a lot of people hanging out, admiring the lighthouse and enjoying the great fall afternoon along the coast of New England.  A husband & wife were curious and asked me what i was doing.  “Oh, very cool!”

Don & I hear way too often from photographers that some photographers don’t share their locations, or techniques, or processing steps..etc.  At New England Photo Workshops we teach so we share.  Why doesn’t everybody share?  I can’t answer that.  But what I can say is that for those that don’t share they must be worried that someone will get a better shot than them! Does that really matter?  No, so go get the best shot that You can.

Enjoy and share your photography, your skills, your settings and your know-how as well.  Photography is a great hobby and one that many enjoy and want to be better at.  Don’t hold back!  Share!

Bob Ring


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As a photographer one is always capturing moments.  Those ‘moments’ can be a wave crashing at the beach, a bird flying overhead, a moose lifting its head out of the water, a baseball player’s hit, a tennis ball on a racket and so many more.  When photographing people though….don’t wait for them.  You can make the moment.  Get that smile, that glance, that look when You want it.  I just photographed two brothers and a sister in my home studio.  Yup, got them posing with the help of their mother.  But it’s when they’re standing around that the photographer should be working.  Having their mother stand on her toes making funny faces is OK but when they all pause >>> get the shot.  Get that moment when the older brother & sister look at their younger brother affectionately.  That’s the shot You want.  That’s the shot the parents want.  While others take a pause….you get the shot.

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Bob Ring

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VERMONT IN FALL….as illustrated by this white barn & silo in Shaftsbury, VT.

The fun part for me as a photographer is really three fold: being there, taking the photo & then processing it. In this case, I used a plug-in in Lightroom from Nik Software called Analog Efx Pro2 that does a mild job of emulating old film (in a general type of way). Then I was able to add a small amount of bokeh (with the same software) to create the image you see here.

I used a Nikon D610 body with 24-70mm lens at 44mm, f5.0, 1/200 sec on a tripod.  Software: Lightroom 5 & Nik Analog Efx Pro2 (Lightroom plug-in)

I love photography!

Bob Ring


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While out late yesterday looking for local foliage and chasing the sunset (things were hectic!) I came across a pond I’ve been by many times but never paid it much heed. It’s now on my personal list as a location to keep an eye on going forward (especially in Spring).

Disregarding the old photographer’s rule of having the sun over your shoulder I shot right at it. Cameras today can react & respond to various light sources much better than film could. So, why not! I think photographers today are so much more fortunate than when I started taking photos with today’s technology. Take long exposures, take them at night, shoot into the sun, move your camera around as you hand hold it (what no tripod?!), change your ASA mid roll (oh wait a minute it’s digital…ISO…anything goes)…..I know Don & I are and you should too if you’re not already….. Demand more from yourself.  Demand more from your camera.  Admire other photographers’ work BUT go out on your own.  Yes, take the typical shots of scenery and so forth but make time to challenge your creativity too!

As technology improves with cameras and software Don & I encourage creativity.  Strongly encourage Creativity……  We mean to say  STRONGLY ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY!!!

Fuji X-T1 (18-55mm lens) at 18mm, f22, 1/60 sec handheld


Bob Ring

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OK, what’s a polarizer for?  Do you know when to use it and when not to?

Darkening blue skies to make white clouds stand out.  Ah, yeah that’s the most obvious answer.  Is that all?  Do you know when to use a polarizer?  When not to?  That’s one of the things that Don & I teach/discuss/show during our workshops.  Polarizers are NOT just for making blue skies darker.  A polarizer can be used to see though glass (by ‘erasing’ reflections) or to see fish in water (why fishermen & fisherwomen (?)) use them.  How about in fall when the foliage in New England is at it’s best.  Do you think to use your polarizer?  If not you should!  A polarizer will help make those nice fall colors ‘pop’ better by minimizing the reflections on the leaves.   How about when you are in the White Mountains and there’s a nice stream with flowing water over rocks?  Get out the polarizer.  It’ll help darken the water so you can get the results you want.  Reducing reflections.

One example.  I was just up in the Camden/Rockport/Rockland area for our annual family vacation there.  I usually run around during the week looking for various photo ops and almost always end up near the water.  My polarizer is always at the ready.  One day I wanted to explore something away from the water so I went to see the Olsen House in Cushing, ME.  I wasn’t able to get inside as it was closed at the time although the person there said that I could certainly walk around the grounds.  So, I took some photos along some of the windows.  I knew I’d be photographing glass so I put my polarizer on the front of the lens as I wanted to be able to see inside right?  Here’s the fist photo.  What do you think?


OK, great huh?  Ah, wait a minute.  It’s lousy!  I can see inside but at this window there isn’t much to see inside.  But by turning the polarizer (or removing it from the lens) I get to see part of the coast off to the right including: a field of dandelions, blue ocean water, green grass & trees along with a so-so sky.  That’s what I want!  That adds some color to my image and also helps in the story telling of the image.  Much better than a black area there.  A great example of when to NOT use a polarizer even though I’m shooting a scene with glass in it!



Now for the advanced section (!):

Notice the reflection of the nearby tree in front of the white curtain shade above the open shade area?  Hmmmm.  I want that out of there or at least to minimize it.  So, I open both images in CS6, drop one on top of the other, create a mask and mask out the reflections of that tree.  Let’s see what I have now…..


So, that’s my final image.  It took proper techniques in the field and some post processing to get the image I wanted.  So, I hope this helps you to think about your polarizer and when to use one and when not to.

In this case I used my Nikon D610 with a Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens at f4.5, 1/125 sec, iso200 on a tripod.

“Get the shot”

Bob Ring


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