The assignment for June was bird pictures we took this year. Eight-six pictures were submitted. The images were very good! Only the ones that might be improved or were interesting are discussed below. All of the pictures are available for review in the Birds! (June 10, 2014) album. As illustrated below, certain basics need to be considered both at the time of exposure and during post processing.


  1. The eye is drawn to sharp, high contrast objects and bright objects. The eye flees from dark objects and blurry objects.
  2. Simplify. What is the subject of the image? Are there any objects in the image that would distract from the subject? Can they be eliminated now or in post?
  3. Clear the borders. Are there any objects extending out of the frame that would lead the viewers eye out of the frame to the next picture?
  4. Sometimes negative space can be a good thing.
  5. Shoot a little wide to give space to crop if necessary.
  6. Check and correct the camera date and time as required. Our phones are smart but our cameras need adult supervision.

It doesn't look like it but it took a good four days to prepare this review. I thought it was worth while because everyone likes birds! And the lessons we learn taking better bird pictures apply to portrait photography, landscapes, varmints & critters, architecture, and pictures of thing-a-ma-jigs.


Many images are not be reviewed. Forty-two images were uploaded into our Birds 2014 gallery.




This illustrates the benefit of replacing an unseemly background.

Photographer:  Anita Oakley

Yellow Bird

The original picture background was too light. Lightroom helped. But finally made acceptable edits in Photoshop.

Photographer:  Anita Oakley