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Professional photographer shares tips

Posted: Friday, May 10th, 2013

Professional photographer Jo Wienert captured this photo of the Newport boat harbor after sunset. “A lot of people go in when the sun goes down thinking picture time is over,” she says. “That’s when I like it the best. If the sun just went down, there’s still a lot of light in the sky that you can’t really see, but if you leave your camera open longer, you get that really pretty blue.” (Photos by Jo Wienert)

Beautiful photographs of Oregon’s bays, bridges and beaches entice thousands of visitors to trek to the coast every year, camera in hand. Unfortunately, most leave disappointed that their photographs don’t capture the beauty their eyes saw.

Amateur shutterbugs rejoice – almost anyone can take better photographs using just a few simple techniques. Award-winning photographer Jo Wienert knows her way around a camera and the Oregon coast. Here, she shares a few tips:

Early and late is best

Although there are 24 hours in a day, only a few make for good photographs.

The best lighting conditions occur in the half hour before sunrise, the half hour before sunset and the first hour after the sun has sunk below the horizon.

“When the sun is low, there are more shadows, and it is more interesting,” Wienert says. “When it is straight up, everything is flat looking.”

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