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A Sneak Peek of Yellowstone National Park

The good...

I have a ton pf photos to edit of our recent trip to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National park. It was an epic trip that left me with a list of photographic opportunities I want to pursue in the near future. A trip back is a definite must. 

For now, I'll leave you with a sneak peek of three panoramas that I took with my iPhone. I have several others that I took with my DSLR that I will share at a later date. Yellowstone and Grand Teton is a must for panorama photography. You'll really cannot capture the topography of the landscape without using panorama. 

Yellowstone in Panorama | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life Thru the Lens Link Up

The fun; Tips and Tricks for Panorama Photography....

~If you plan to print your panoramas think about the length. Generally, you do not want to stretch them out too long, or have them too narrow. I have found that a 3:1 ratio is a great size to print. 

~If you are sticking your panoramaS together from individual shots you'll want to shoot in portrait aspect so that your short side will not be too thin. 

~If you do not have a panorama track for your tripod, don't worry you can still shoot them by hand. I plant my right foot and pivot from left to right (in a semi-circle) never moving my right foot. It takeS a little practice but the results are fairly spot on. 

~When shooting individual pictures for your panorama always shoot with an overlap of 15% to 25%. I have found when sticking photos together that 25% tends to work out a bit better for me. 

~Before you begin to shooting, pivot while tracking with your eye to notice where you might have to adjust up or down for the curvature of the Earth. This is very similar to following the line on your phone when shooting in panorama mode. 

~I always shoot more than once just to make sure I have what I need. So, I shoot my shots left to right, overlapping each shot, and then begin again. You can always delete your photos later, but it's hard to stick them together in Lightroom or Photoshop if you do not have enough information. 

~I like to stick mine together in Lightroom using the panorama feature because I can then adjust any aspect issues in Lightroom in the Transform Panel if I have any curvature issues in my final photo. 

Yellowstone in Panorama | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life Thru the Lens Link Up
Yellowstone in Panorama | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | Life Thru the Lens Link Up

On Wild Life Photography, and Photography Equipment.

I have to admit I made a huge photography purchase recently. I hesitated to share it on here because it was so expensive, and I could see how it would look like a frivolous spend to some. But, the hobby of photography is expensive once you start diving into advanced techniques. And, to achieve the techniques, you need the equipment. 

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I love, love, love wildlife photography. Not bird photography, although I do have some favorite photographers who take amazing bird photos, but the big animals are what I love. I dream of capturing that iconic shot of a buffalo charging me in the snow. Let's be realistic though, those bad boys are big, and they can kill a person, I really do not want to be close enough to be gored to death. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography

That leads me to my purchase. I bought a 100-400mm telephoto lens with a 1.4x converter. After taking it out three times now, man oh man it was a worthy investment. We have a National Park trip planed for Yellowstone Nation Park and The Grand Tetons and I am really excited to use it there. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography

The Good, a few good tips on camera gear...

Camera gear is EXPENSIVE! When I link to items on Amazon, I usually cannot link to items that are on sale... but, I very rarely purchase a piece of equipment that is not on sale.

  • Tip One... Amazon puts camera gear on sale regularly. I have several Tiffen filters that I bought at 75% off, or more. This is the time of year to begin trolling Amazon for deals.

  • Tip Two... B&H Photography is also another store that I shop at. They have terrific sales and ever week they have a special on some form of equipment in the deal zone.

  • Tip Three... Buy used, or, refurbished equipment! Always read the reviews to make sure you are not falling for a scam, or purchasing grey market gear.

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography

If I do purchase a piece of equipment at full price, I always walk through these steps.

  • Is it worth the price, or, can I wait until a newer version of the equipment comes out and purchase what I want at a lower price? (Waiting can mean years, not months, in the camera market.) For example, I recently switched back to the iPhone, but I did not purchase the new 7. To me, there was not enough updates to justify the new phone and because I went with the "older" version I was able to purchase my phone for less than $200.

  • Will I use the equipment enough to justify the cost? My recent purchase a telephoto lens was worth the cost to me because: 1. I have wanted a telephoto for almost 5 years, 2. I have missed several wildlife shots because I did not have a telephoto lens, and 3. I knew I could use it for macro photography as well. So, while it was expensive, it was worth the price.

  • Do I "need" a particular lens (or piece of equipment) now, or can I use another lens (or piece of equipment) until I can find a good sale? I do want to slowly replace the Nikon lenses I use for nature and landscape for my Fuji camera. I do not own a dedicated macro lens for my Fuji yet, but by purchasing the telephoto zoom lens I am able to use it for macro shots. That means I can wait a little while longer form my macro lens.

  • Is this a piece of equipment that is worth the full price? Some pieces of photographic equipment never go one sale. Either, because they are a brand that never lowers their prices, or it's a specialty piece of equipment that garners the full price. Those are the pieces that I save for, and purchase, knowing my images will be better for the full price purchase.

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