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By: Steve Kohls on January 24, 2011 - 7:03pm - Add new comment

Since the introduction of automatic flash fill on camera, photographers have been jumping for joy with the results. Well, sometimes not for joy but in anger. 

While photographing the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing tourney on Gull Lake, I realized how important it was to use flash fill but with a modification. 

By: Steve Kohls on January 7, 2011 - 11:53am - Add new comment

We are blessed with a frozen landscape that has lasted over a week because  of the rain and later snow during the New Year's weekend.

One of my favorite subjects in winter is birch trees covered in snow. The problem is white birch bark against white snow will many times illustrate a blank scene for the viewer.

Remember to work with the snow and birch bark against a blue sky or a black background.

Using this technique, the viewer can experience what you saw in the field.

By: Steve Kohls on December 22, 2010 - 6:29pm - Add new comment

Our area is blessed with lakes and woods but very few places where photographers can photograph moving water showing motion in the winter. 

The exception is Stony Brook in Fritz Loven Park in the City of Lake Shore. With your tripod in hand, head for the rushing water as it tumbles over the rocks in the brook. 

By: Steve Kohls on December 20, 2010 - 4:22pm - Add new comment

Many, many times I have heard from people how they photographed something during a snowfall and it turned out really dark and the snowflakes were not visible. 

First of all, your camera turns everything medium gray because that is what a meter does. So to turn the snow white, go to the compensation dial and plus up the exposure to overexpose the scene. This will make the snow white.

By: Steve Kohls on December 9, 2010 - 2:55pm - Add new comment

Photographers looking for a challenge should try their skill with GP Anderson's display at 414 3rd St. S.W. in Wadena. Anderson has added computer animation to the display synched with music. You can tune into the radio station with the songs and watch the lights.

The tough part is being in the right place at the right time. With certain songs you need to be ready with your camera at certain locations at the display.