Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tickborne diseases increasing in U.S. due to greater tick density and expanding range

Deer TickAre you a wildlife photographer? Do you photograph wildlife in the Eastern half of the United States, especially in the Northeast, or along U.S. West Coast? That's prime Deer Tick territory.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of reported cases of tickborne disease in the U.S. has more than doubled over the past 13 years. Fully 82 percent of reported tickborne disease in the U.S. is Lyme disease.
According to a new advisory from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), tickborne diseases are likely to significantly increase.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

To chimp or not to chimp, that is the question

Nikon D5 with image displayed on monitor for review.Had the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon been writing about a renowned photographer rather than a prince, the famous soliloquy might have started, “To chimp or not to chimp, that is the question.”

Regardless of what the Bard might have written, that's a question I'm often asked.

In the early days of digital photography, as it began to supplant film photography for professionals and amateur enthusiasts, many photographers discovered a feature of digital cameras never possible with film cameras. It's the ability to review images immediately after making them on the small image display monitor on the back of digital cameras.

At that time, more than a few photographers seemed to constantly review their images on their camera's monitor screen. The practice became known as “chimping.”

Thursday, July 12, 2018

iOS 11.4.1 designed to foil GrayKey and other cracking tools

iPhone (Image courtesy of Apple Corporation)Since my announcement early yesterday that iOS 11.4.1 was released, I've been getting a steady stream of questions about what's in the release, if iPhone and iPad users should update their devices to it and how to use it's most important new security feature for travelers, “USB Restricted Mode.”

Apple mobile devices have been a premium choice for many photographers and those desiring Apple's iDevice leading edge security.

iOS 11.4.1, like prior iOS releases is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini's or later, the the 6th generation iPod touch or later. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The travel photographer's checklist: 14 items to check-off before you leave

Philadelphia, PA Skyline looking southwest - Copyright © 2017 NSL Photography. All Rights Reserved.Before leaving on a trip, photographers need to prepare themselves and their gear so they'll be ready to shoot upon arrival and get quality images.

There is much that can go wrong that might end one's chance to take advantage of a great travel photo opportunity. It's impossible to predict everything, but research and a flexible plan to handle many if not most emergencies and gear failures can help you overcome problems.

I start to plan my journeys a month out, but my planning gets intense the week before I leave and with 24 hours to go. When planning is well thought out, pulling everything together before you leave should go smoothly.

Here are my 16 items to check-off before you leave on your travel photography journey.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

GDPR explained and vacation photo hacks to deal with it

Hula Hooping on the StreetIn recent weeks you've likely received dozens of updated privacy notices. They're due to the implementation of the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It went into effect on May 25. For some time to come, we'll be learning how far it reaches into daily life.

GDPR was written to strengthen European citizen's privacy rights and stop abuses by social media enterprises and other businesses who collect personal data and share it, often without the knowledge of users and customers.

Unfortunately, GDPR seems to have some unintended consequences.

Vacation photography is a staple of travel. Today, more photos than ever are made by travelers of all kinds. In the 21st century, travelers whip out their cellphones to photograph everything and anything they see. Sometimes, within seconds of making them, their photos are posted online for all to see.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Art is more than culture, stories and memories. It's jobs and economic impact!

Self Portrait at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CAThe dictionary defines art as “The expression or application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting, drawing or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” I suspect that, at the least, poets, choreographers and musical composers, among many others, would consider that definition narrow and unnecessarily exclusive.
Contributing $763.6 billion annually to the nation's economy, the arts are more than just a critical part of the U.S. economy. The arts are important to the quality of most American's lives.
Pablo Picasso said, “We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

Art is a medium which is highly communicative and can tell the stories of people across the globe like no other medium.