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Carl Heilman

Carl Heilman II is an internationally published photographer and author. Carl has been photographing North American wilds since the mid 1970's, working to capture both the grandeur of these special places, and the emotional and spiritual connection he has felt as well. He's been digital since setting up a 'digital darkroom' with a film scanner and Photoshop 4.0 in 1997, and went fully digital with a Nikon D200 several years ago. His work has been published in numerous publications including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy publications, Adirondack Life, and the Conservationist.

His most recent books are the 'The Landscape Photography Field Guide', from Focal Press (fall 2011), and 'Contemporary Landscape Photography', from Amphoto (2010). They are both published internationally by The Ilex Press, London. These books are both comprehensive and concise guides to digital photography. The field guide is printed in a 4" x 6" handbook size that is easy to carry in a camera pack. It is cross referenced, with an index and glossary as well as reference pages for the full digital workflow and shooting guidelines. They both offer photo tips and techniques from Carl's 35 years of experience with a camera. His coffee table books include, 'The Maine Coast', 'The Adirondacks', and 'Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness' by Rizzoli; 'Lake George' by North Country Books; and 3 NY State books by Voyageur Press

Since the 1990's, Carl has enjoyed sharing his photography experience to help folks learn more about photography in his diverse photography and Photoshop workshops. These are based in special landscapes around the country as well as his favorite shooting locations near his home in the Adirondack Park. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and he was featured in the May 2008 national PBS special, 'The Adirondacks'.

Information on Carl's publications, fine art prints, and workshops can be found online at www.carlheilman.com www.facebook.com/NaturePhotographyTips www.facebook.com/NaturePhotographyWorkshops

July 2011 Archives

There's always something to photograph, and there's always light to photograph in! With digital technology there are so many different ways to consider playing with a camera in the great Adirondack outdoors (or anywhere). This is my first blog - and I haven't been one to keep up with a diary, but I do enjoy passing along my experiences with a camera, as well as my great appreciation of the wonders of the the Adirondacks.

I most likely won't write a lot each time, but I will try to keep in touch at least once a week with any special natural events going on, plus post pictures I've taken recently, as well as ones I may have taken some time ago. I plan to pass along thoughts on being in the wilderness, as well as photo tips and techniques, and look forward to comments and questions from folks. I'd enjoy this being interactive, rather than just about what I'm up to.

So, let's start with 'Hazy, Hot, and Humid'!! While it's pretty warm out there for taking a hike, there are still some great conditions in this weather for getting photos. My general rule of thumb for photographing that I know I'll repeat from time to time is: When the light is soft, work the detail in and around the woods and waters - and when it's bright and sunny, work the open landscapes. So, this softer, hazy light is great for working with mushroom detail or other photos in the woods, as well as taking longer exposures of streams and waterfalls for a nice soft silky effect to the flowing water.

It's also a good time to photograph the sun at sunrise or sunset as it becomes a red ball of fire before settling into - or rising from the horizon. Something to remember though, is that while our eye sees the bright red color, the light is often considerably brighter than the range of light the camera can capture - and it is important to bracket your exposures, shooting additional underexposures, until you have captured the color with the camera.


heilman_NA036818.jpgWhen the brightness of the sun is soft enough, as in the photo above, all the color tones will be able to be captured in a single image file. Happy shooting!