Jan 2014 President’s BLOG-Shooting From the Lip

Happy New Year!

Traditionally, we make resolutions for the New Year.  Instead of making a resolution, how about setting a goal?   Goals should be realistic and attainable (but not necessarily so easy that they don’t challenge us).  Maybe your goal could be to take your camera off the “A” mode and shoot in manual mode for a week.  Go ahead, try it.  Or it could be to become better at printing your images.  Our January and February FOCUS Nights will help you with that.  Your goal could be to do something with your photography that makes an impact, and I’m not referring to dropping your camera.

Photos taken in Africa with camera phones, from National Geographic.

Perhaps your goal could be to do more with your photography than enter your images in the monthly salon.  Perhaps a bigger purpose for your photography that can help others, inform, educate?  National Geographic magazine has long been one of my photo inspirations.  The Oct 2013 issue was National Geographic’s Photo Issue.   The issue discusses the power of photography to witness, to prove, to relate, to reveal, to celebrate, and to protect.  Few of us may become National Geographic photographers or have our images published in the magazine, but that should not hinder us from setting a goal of making an impact with our photography.  Let National Geographic’s photo issue be an inspiration.

When I wrote my last issue, we didn’t yet have snow on the ground, and I urged you to get outside to photograph the snowscapes that those in warmer climes don’t have.  We now have snow, so I’d like to encourage you again to leave comfort behind, be bold, and venture outside to capture great shots.  Here are some ideas:

The  Nov 2013 issue of Shutterbug included an article by our local Layne Kennedy on winter photography.

It was 34 below at sunrise in Ely, Minnesota, when Layne showed his workshop students what happens, and what kind of picture you can get, when you toss a ladle of hot water into the air at that temperature. Shooting into the sun made the image even more dramatic. Photo © Layne Kennedy


From the Digital Photography School website, Minnesota resident Valerie Jardin also offers advice and inspiration on winter shooting:


One of the pitfalls of cold weather photography is reduced battery performance.  To keep your batteries and camera body warm during winter safaris, try the Camera Cozy.  This insulated nylon body wrap includes pockets that hold chemical hand warmers and will help keep your camera body and batteries warm.



A new year is upon us.  Be bold!  Be creative!  And enjoy photography!

Best Wishes




Mark Naumann

MVPC President



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