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Guest Post: THE RIGHT APPAREL TO WEAR HIKING!

I hope you all enjoyed watching the video and were able to gain some insight on what it takes to photograph things outdoors!

But, DMRPhotograph will now be taking the time to feature a guest post as part of the collaborative campaign to promote the Outdoor Foundation. One of my partners throughout this campaign, Fitness Clothes for Women, created a website for women who enjoy fitness and features the latest fashion trends.

Included is the screencast that Fitness Clothes for Women made to review various types of shoes, leggings, and tops which ties back into promoting outdoors for the non-profit organization Outdoor Foundation. After watching the video, continue on to read Katelyn’s take on it!

“Hi all, so as you know, I have been collaborating with  National Park SystemHawaii Travels, and DMRPhotograph to promote the Outdoor Foundation. The Outdoor Foundation inspires future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Therefore, this video is about the right apparel to wear when going hiking or visiting one of the Outdoor Foundation’s summits.

I think that it is hard to get outdoors during college, but students should take advantage of being outside. This can be done through visiting a National Park or one of the  Outdoor Foundation’s summits.

Fitness has always been a struggle for me, especially outdoor fitness. I think it is really important to listen to upbeat music to pump you up for your workout, or in this case, your hike.

This video is all about what you should wear when going hiking, as well as tips. It includes examples of the following: a tank top, long sleeve, pants, sports bra, socks, sneakers, and boots. This will all be linked below.

Some of the general tips include:
-Wear synthetic material that keeps you dry.
-The best materials are soft, lightweight, and moisture wicking.
-You want your sweat to be wicked away so you feel cooler.
-You should wear fast drying fabrics.
-You want your body odors to be minimized.
-You should not wear cotton clothing or bulky clothing.
(Hiking-for-her.com)

I hope this video is helpful and that you guys visit the Outdoor Foundation’s website to learn more about the non-profit organization and possibly visit one of their 30 summit’s. You can also make a donation on their website to help support the future of outdoor enthusiasts.

Visit the contact page with comments about this video. I would love to hear your feedback!!”

Apparel mentioned in the video:
Free Me Tank – $45.00
SmartWool Long Sleeve Top – $100.00
Ziwa Convertible Pants – Price Not Available
Champion Sports Bra – $24.99
SmartWool Waterproof Socks – $18.95
Nike Trail Running Shoe – $124.95
The Seattle Hiker Boot – $28.99

 

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Outdoor Photography!

Hey all, the time has come! For the past several weeks myself along with my wonderful group members, National Park System, Fitness Clothes for Women, and Hawaii Travels, have been collaborating to promote the outdoors through the use of the non-profit organization, Outdoor Foundation.

Photography has been something that I’ve done for years, starting in sixth grade to be exact. Continuing through middle school and into high school, my passion and eye for photography grew exponentially. Coming into Rutgers University last year as a first year opened up my eyes to the magnitude of opportunities that we have. During the first week year, I picked up The Daily Targum, Rutgers daily newspaper, and noticed they were in need of photographers. Fast forward two weeks, I was turned staff; something that takes people a while to get to. However, I then turned my position of staff photographer into the Photo Editor of The Daily Targum. This job has allowed me to meet the President of the United States, travel the country, and much more!

The reason I made this website along with this video is to show those who are either interested with or without knowledge in photography that they can do it. We all have to start somewhere, sixth grade was where it was for me. With the tips and tricks provided by the various photographers included in the video, along with watching the tutorials on the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, I hope you all use what you have gathered to apply it outdoors! With the closest national park being in Virginia, I couldn’t physically go there so I used some of my own “outdoor” photos as the things you should know still apply.

Here are some personal tips on how to better your photography:

  • Have multiple memory cards on you
  • Time
    • I say time because you can’t rush photographs. Sometimes things come to you and at that moment is when you get the shot
  • Charge your battery
  • Put focus in auto
    • Unless you’re trying to manually focus
  • You will make mistakes. But you only learn from them so don’t worry!

With all that being said, are you ready to head out photograph!?!


All still images provided by myself, Dimitri Rodriguez

YouTube:

Photographing Banff National Park – Visual Wilderness– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsHhAamIwGw

10 Most Underrated National Parks –geobeats– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mQhhNAqkEc

Promoted: Street photography: the five DOs and three DON’Ts: Masterclass #3 –Stuff– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QamMIIhpl0

Digital Photography For Dummies King –Wiley– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUEdbUl2rX4

Music:

V for Victory by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license

(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

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Memes

“An Internet meme is a piece of culture, typically a joke, which gains infuence through online transmission” (Davison p. 4).

Image Provided by Pinterest Original Photo – Buzzfeed https://www.pinterest.com/pin/17592254771591739/

Memes can be sparked from practically anything and begin to go viral. We saw this immediately after the election. An increase of Joe Biden memes (as seen below) went viral throughout various social media platforms.

The meme of Bill Cosby making a facial expression to the saying “When someone uses your photography as their profile pic” correlates to the overall theme of my website of photography simply because this is something that we as photographers have to worry about. In my most recent post, Copyright and Privacy, I discuss in length the concerns that photographers face when they publish their work. Uploading work without a watermark or other form of copyright measures then allows others to use freely. While some may ask for permission for use, most others will not.

The underlying memetic concepts that make memes spreadable are: manifestation, behavior, and ideal. As defined by Patrick Davison in, The Language of Internet Memes, manifestation is the set of objects created by the meme which indicates an order of particles that take place during a certain time and location that result in the creation of the meme. The manifestation is created by the behavior of the meme. It is the action that an individual takes in service of the meme. Lastly, the ideal of a meme is the concept or idea conveyed. An easier way to remember that the ideal concept represents an idea is easy, the word idea itself is in “ideal.” When memes are spread, one of the three concepts can be used to identify which are being replicated and adapted.

The Bill Cosby meme is more related to user made content. This is not a meme that would be used for promoting and/or branding an item. It was simply made for humor, along with majority of the memes created and shared.

Image Provided by Twitter (@Photographerwtf) https://twitter.com/photographerwtf

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Copyright and Privacy

This post “Copyright and Privacy” will highlight a few key points in copyright and privacy, primarily for photographers. With the use of videos and personal experience, it will help in the process of covering different aspects of copyright, along with demonstrating ways on how not to invade the privacy of others. 

constitution

United States Constitution Article 1, Section 8 “The Congress shall have Power … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries”

In the video Photography Copyright 101, Kristen Korpos of Nifty Knowledge Rocks explains what copyright is and what it means for photographers.

Copyright is an inclusive right that is granted to the author or creator of an original work and includes the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. When a photographer takes a photograph, they are authoring the photo ultimately becoming the owner of it. As the photographer is the owner of the original work, they have the sole right to do as they please. It is illegal for anyone other than the photographer of the original work to copy, share, edit, etc., without the permission of the photographer. To prevent any individuals from taking the photographers original work without consent, the photographer can apply a watermark to their photos. According to webopedia, a digital watermark, is “a pattern of bits inserted into a digital image, [or other file] that identifies the file’s copyright information [such as author, rights, etc.].” With photographers placing this watermark on their photos, it makes it harder for others to now use this photo as it’ll have either the photographers name or company written across it.

From my personal experience, I post my photographs both on my Instagram as well as Flickr. The difference between the two, in how I utilize them are, Flickr is more of a gallery based site. For Instagram, I upload single shots after events have concluded. For example, when I covered the Rutgers vs. Ohio State football game, I made a gallery in which was uploaded to Flickr. Because I’m uploading onto Flickr, a site that anyone can access, I include a watermark on all my photos. This will hopefully prevent others from taking them without my permission. However, Instagram is a little different. Although I may have uploaded a photo from the Rutgers vs. Ohio State football game, I don’t include a watermark. For most cases, the photos that I post on my Instagram are in the spur of the moment. For example, the “sanctuary campus” protest that occurred on the Rutgers campus two weeks ago, after taking a few shots, I downloaded one on my phone and immediately uploaded it. For something like that, I don’t have time to apply my watermark to the photo.

However, complications come along with not posting watermarks on your photographs. As the photo editor of Rutgers newspaper, I cover various events. A consistent thing that I cover are the mens basketball games. I tend to post a photo or two each game. As I do so, I tag the player in the photo. Now because I tag them in it, and I don’t have a watermark on it, they screenshot it and now put it on their social media accounts. This has happened several times without getting attributed. So the question arises, is this stealing?

To continue, something photographers often fear is if they are intruding individuals privacy.

Jared Polin of Jared Polin addresses a few good points regarding street photography. To what extent will we have to go in order to get “permission” from the people we’re photography? Basing this off of personal experiences, if there is a protest happening on the Brower Steps of Rutgers campus, and someone told me to stop taking photos, I have the right to continue as Brower Steps are public and outside. However, this would be a different story if I was trying to take photos inside of a building. But to continue talking about street photography, as long as you’re in the open space, it is fair game.

Image: U.S. Constitution, Kim Davies. Flickr Creative Commons. (http://bit.ly/2gEtIrk)

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Exhilarating Announcement!

Hello back photographers! It’s Dimitri Rodriguez, author and editor of DMRPhotograph. I am delighted to announce with great enthusiasm, that over the next few weeks, I will be partnering up with National Park System, Fitness Clothes for Women, and Hawaii Travels in a collaborative campaign. Considering how the four of our sites address the topic of outdoors in one way or another, we have agreed upon on producing multimedia content on outdoors through the use of the nonprofit, Outdoor Foundation. “With more than 140 million Americans making outdoor recreation a priority,” this nonprofit intends on being a positive factor in the increase of outdoor recreation. DMRPhotograph will be creating a video on various types of outdoor photography such as landscapes and portraits. In my video, I will provide clips from other videos of professional photographers, those who shoot for National Geographic and spend their time outdoors, to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to better your photography. In addition, I will be reposting some content from my partners! Stay tuned to National Park System, Fitness Clothes for Women, and Hawaii Travels over the next few weeks to learn more about the outdoors!

Outdoor photography can vary

(Image Source: Dimitri Rodriguez)

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What is photography?

As you may already know, this site was designed to act as a stepping stone for those inexperienced and experienced in photography. With the combination of tutorials and personal examples, individuals will receive a better understanding of the subject.

To get a better understanding of what photography is, watch this less than 2 minute video!

This video provides a little background and personal definition of what photography is to him. The definition of “photography” will vary from person to person. However, we can all agree that “photography” has to do with capturing moments with a camera.

For those who interested in gaining a little more experience, you might want to watch the video below. As mentioned in a previous post, DigitalRev offers great tutorials. When I started photography, I would use this website to gather some possible ideas. In this video “How Do You ‘Do’ Bokeh?” it utilizes one of the three components in properly exposing a photo. The aperture, when at a low f-stop, large hole opening, creates this blur affect. While utilizing the information taken away from the aperture video, you’ll now be able to apply it with creative approahces.

In Lance Bennett’s, “Changing Citizenship in the Digital Age“, he suggests “building a public communication digital media skill set. [The] importance of finding audiences help recognize public expression” (p.8). Nowadays, everyone has a camera; mainly those on the phone, everyone can capture moments as they happen. Those using their cellphones, even digital cameras post to their various media platforms. They have set their audiences and once they upload a photo taken, they are redefining the public expression with their communication skills through the utilization of the various platforms.

 

(Sources: YouTube Bob Garlick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVDknfgTJ2Q

YouTube DigitalRev TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDcS4zN92rA

Bennett, W. Lance. “Changing Citizenship in the Digital Age.” Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008. PDF.)

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What is ISO?

In the last video of the series of proper exposure, “what is iso?” will help give you an understanding of what ISO is. ISO is the level of sensitivity to camera. The lower the ISO is, the less sensitive your camera is to light. In contrast, the higher the ISO, the more sensitive it is to light. For example, if you were photographing something outdoors in daylight, you would want to use a lower ISO to retain detail. However, if you were shooting a concert in a low-lighting situation, you would want to have a higher ISO.

However, when increasing the ISO, you increase the chances of adding grain or “noise” to the image. An ISO of 200 compared to an ISO of 3200 (Figure 1), will show differences in the image quality. Having a higher ISO will decrease the quality of the photo (photo on right).

Figure 1

(Figure 1 Source: PhotographyLife https://photographylife.com/what-is-iso-in-photography)

(YouTube Video: Sydney Portraits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB4xLIz27ts)

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Behind the Scenes: Newspaper Edition

As the photo editor of The Daily Targum, I decided to show you guys what it takes to produce a newspaper. As the university newspaper, we cover metro and university news along with sports.

Just when you thought you were done with taking the photos, the oh so fun part of editing comes next. In my video, I highlight what it takes to cover an event, particularly the sports section through the eye of my lens. This past weekend, Rutgers football team went up against the University of Minnesota. Myself along with the sports editor cover home and away games. This has been our third away game so far, following Seattle, Washington, and Columbus, Ohio. I include footage of us driving to the airport as well as taking off and landing. The video is more visual then talking as I explain parts like traveling to the game and the editing process.

While shooting the game, I had two camera bodies with me, one Canon and the other Nikon. I was shooting with a few different lenses on my Canon, but solely shooting with a 150-600mm lens on the Nikon. As the photo editor, I distribute events to my photographers. The process is the same for the local events. They go to the event and shoot it. When they return to the office, I upload all of the photos they took. The numbers of photo can range from event to event. I took a little of 1200 photos this past Saturday at the football game. The fun part is having to go through each photo to tag ones that the sports editor wants for print of photos that might be used on a later date. After tagging the photos, I then choose one that fits the crop and I turn that photo purple which represents it has been used in print and can’t be used again. After choosing the photos in a software called Photo Mechanic, they are then dragged into a folder called naturally immaculate, which are basically the unedited photos. They then get edited in Photoshop, with minor adjustments such as the brightness and contrast. Two versions are made, one for print and the other for online. After editing, the sports editor imports the photos and it then gets send to night pro. Each page gets read by two people and after everything has been done, the pages get sent to the printing company in South Jersey. The following morning, 12,000 copies are delivered and distributed throughout the campus.

Hope you guys enjoyed the Behind the Scenes look at how a newspaper is produced!

(Multimedia Project Audio – Silent Partner. “Believer.” YouTube Audio Library. https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music. Web.)

(Footage – Dimitri Rodriguez)

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What is shutter speed?

In the second tutorial of three, “what is shutter speed?” will help you obtain a better understanding of what exactly this components role is in photography.

To start off, shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter is open, allowing light to hit the image sensor. As the aperture is measured in f-stops, shutter speed is measured in seconds (i.e., 1/30, 1/1000). If you were to shoot a moving object with a shutter speed of anything less than 1/100, you would need a tripod. Without the tripod will cause your photos to come out blurry. As you can see in Figure 1, the first image to the left was shot with a shutter speed of 1/8. As the boy drops the ball, you can see that it is blurry. However, if you were to increase your shutter speed, you see that the ball is no longer blurry as you capture it in motion.

Figure 1

(Figure 1 Source: Captureyour365 http://www.takeitfrom-me.com/2013/04/photography-understanding-shutterspeed.html#.WA2O2WNExgo)

(YouTube Video: Sydney Portraits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NccAtXGQx6w)

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