Photography Month in Review—-February

What a month it has been. I spent the majority of February in Hawaii visiting with my ailing grandma. Naturally, I brought my camera along. Only I didn’t bring my computer, which made it hard for me to write as many blogs I am normally do. So what would be the Photography Week in Review is now (just for this entry) the Photography Month in Review. If you missed any of the exciting items covered this month now is your chance to get caught up.

Photo Challenges. Can you recall your most challenging photo shoot? One of my most memorable photo tasks was trying to capture my trumpet playing cousin during his Christmas parade performance. I figured it would be a breeze job, only on parade day his band marched the entire route without stopping and he happened to be situated smack in the middle of the trumpet row with four other band members on each side. To read more of my sticky shooting situations click here.

Attending Photo Workshops. If you have the time and money you should seriously consider enrolling in a photography workshop. Get the details on how, why and where in this blog.

More Tips for Winter Photo Shoots. During the last four months we have been hammered with snowstorm after snowstorm; endured brutal wind chills and chipped off more layers of ice than most Alaskans do in a lifetime. Still, there are times when I have peered out my bedroom window and wished I were hearty enough to brave the elements in order to capture some frameworthy winter scenes. If you plan to venture outdoors to capture Mother Nature’s wintry white natural showcase consider following the simple tips featured in this blog.

Protecting Your Camera from the Elements. Snow and freezing temperatures can negatively affect cameras and other photo equipment. To help prevent your camera from malfunctioning or sustaining serious damage it’s a good idea to store it in a plastic bag (such as a clear Ziploc bag) before going outside. Find out other ways to protect your photo gear in this blog.

Tips to Consider before Taking Your Camera to the Beach. In my opinion nothing serves as a better backdrop for a family photo than bright blue skies, cobalt water and pale, sugary sand. On the flipside nothing can ruin your expensive camera faster than scorching hot temperatures, salt water or tiny pieces of sand getting lodged in all the wrong places. This blog provides tips on how you can protect your camera from the heat, saltwater, and sand.

Kids and Cameras–When Saying “Cheese” Just Doesn’t Cut It. What do you do to get your child to smile for the camera? Getting my 3-year-old to smile for the camera is relatively easy once I utter these words: “Okay, last one.” Children and picture taking (or more specifically, how to get your children to smile on cue) was the hot topic of conversation at a recent playgroup I attended. See what other parents do to get their children to grin and bear it for just one more shot.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.