Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Four Simple Tips for Better Photography



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Almost four years ago my photography business took a nose dive when I lost 140,000 images to a computer disaster. Yes, I normally have my work backed up. But, when this happened I had just returned to Oklahoma to assist members of my family with problems they were having. I did not have the computer knowledge to save my work, but I did save the hard drive that it had been on, and one day soon I hope to find a really brilliant program or computer technician that can dig into the old hard disk and recover those files. For now, it is my inability to walk away from photography that has pushed me to relocate, again, to Las Vegas and start rebuilding my dream.

Without getting too technical I thought I would share a few things that I have learned since by return to Las Vegas and to my photography work.

1.) Read your manual. I have learned to keep my camera user's manuals handy, and I use them often. For the past 3 year's I was not as involved with my photography work as I needed or wanted to be. That changed when I relocated to the Las Vegas Valley. I quickly learned that my camera knowledge had faded. But, I am getting faster at learning what settings I need.

2.) Know your camera. While I am still unsure about why my normal camera settings have drastically changed for shooting at various locations I do know that my use of exposure bracketing is very important to my work. And, while it means making more changes in the field it does save time in the editing process.

3.) Stay healthy. Water and exercise are important to my photographic specialties. My aging and battered body was in for a major surprise when I started took for my first walk on City View Trail. The information that led me to this trail described it as a "moderate" hike. Well, that was probably an accurate description for a 20-year-old professional football player, but for a 68-year-old, overweight x-trucker in was more than a tad off the mark.

4.) Work smarter, not harder. Be careful about overloading your project list. I started out behind because I did not know exactly what I wanted to do with my photography. As a result, I have spent many, many, many hours organizing, editing and posting when I wanted to be out shooting. But, I am close to having my business organized now. As a result, where it was taking me 4 or 5 days to do a shoot, edit and post it where it should be I am now down to a 2-day max. I have paid for it with a lot of lost sleep.


Photographing City Parks of the Las Vegas Valley is my current on-going project since my return to the Las Vegas Valley.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

St. Rose Parkway Trail. part 2



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It was 2 weeks ago and in the mid-90's when I walked the first mile of St. Rose Parkway Trail. And, I have only been to one park since then. But, dang, it's hot out there. So, I have stayed inside where it is nice and cool. And, I don't regret it. But, when I left the house this morning it was 80 degrees and cloudy. That made for good walking.



Facts and Points of Interest
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As planned I began my walk at Burmuda Avenue, the end point for my first walk up this trail. And, as I said when I started walking this trail I do not expect to gain much photographically while walking this trail, but I will get exercise. I expect it to be this way for a least the next two miles of the trail. After that I may be able to find some things of interest to photograph since I will be starting to go through commercial zones.




Looking back at where I've been
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St. Rose Parkway Trail runs northeast from the "M" Casino/Resort at I-15. It goes for several miles, but I believe it now ends just before reaching I-215. However, there is plans to extend the path eastward along I-215 for a few miles. There are at least 64 city parks in Henderson. I have not researched the number of parks in the Las Vegas Valley. Plus, there are several paths/trails that extend outward from St. Rose Parkway Trail. So, if I am going to walk and photograph all of them I do have a lot of walking ahead of me. Which begs the question; "How am I ever going to find time to photograph anything in Vegas other than parks and trails?"

I will find a way.

All photos were shot with an iPhone 6s.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Walk Through Discovery Park


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I was wrong when I decided that the weather was going to keep me from heading out to shoot photos at a city park. Two hours later the skies, though still cloudy, looked good enough to take a chance.

Discovery Park is a very popular Green Valley neighborhood park that is jam-packed with almost every amenity you might desire. Picnic area, 2 playground areas, a softball field, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and lots of paved walking paths to enjoy. Although I did not see a dog park people were there with their dogs. Most dogs were on leashes. Those that were not on leash were right there with their human parents.

For directions and more info on Discovery Park click here.

Better World Media strives to provide great event, travel, lifestyle, and stock photography. I will return to Discovery Park on a less cloudy day, but I did get enough photos to start a nice gallery on Better World Media. You have no obligation to buy anything, but I would like to invite you to browse the web site. I have shot at more than a dozen parks in the area where I now live, and I plan to keep shooting city parks all over the Las Vegas Valley for the foreseeable future. And, once the weather cools down I hope to start shooting along the hiking and biking trails throughout the valley. Other subjects that I plan to shoot are museums, memorials, community events, open mic events, and small venue music events. There are older galleries of these subjects already posted on Better World Media, and there is more to come.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Long Trail and a Small Park


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Yesterday I started a walk that will take me a few days to complete. St. Rose Parkway Trail is several miles long, and my legs are not ready for it. So, I am simply going to walk it a mile or so at a time, depending on where I can park my car along the trail. And, for every mile I walk up the trail I will have to return back down the same mile. This first mile had very little to photograph. I hope to have more to photograph in the miles to come, but I think the path is a wide bike path that stretches up through business district along St. Rose Parkway.

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This afternoon I found Cactus Wren Park. It is 3 or 4 miles from my home. We had a good hard rain earlier in the day, and it was still cloudy. The good part is that it was cool (for the Las Vegas Valley) because of the rain. I used my cell phone and took some photos. I will go back on a better photography day to get some better shots. Cactus Wren Park is a small park, with one playground, a dog park, a baseball park, picnic tables, a skate park, basketball court, a cement walking trail around the park, and 1.5 mile Cactus Wren Trail runs through it from Eastern Avenue to St. Rose Parkway.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Reality Of Trying To Do It All By Yourself



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The reality comes when you realize that you have so many projects going at one time that all of them suffer to a degree. Stark reality has managed to slap me in the face today. It appears that I have spent so much time on my photography that my work with music and the travel industry has all but disappeared into my archives. That changes today.

I will start posting new music stuff on this blog very soon, but if you would like to see more of my work with music now please visit Better World Music @ https://bwm702.blogspot.com/

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Four Simple Tips for Better Photography

***** Almost four years ago my photography business took a nose dive when I lost 140,000 images to a computer disaster. Yes, I norma...