January 1, 2010 – Photographer Brett Higgins of Capturing the Elements has released a new photography DVD entitled Capturing the Elements: Forks, a 42-minute how-to photography program for digital camera users of all levels of experience, featuring the W.I.S.E. Method of Photography, a system created by Higgins to help people learn to take better photos by choosing a series of settings on any point-and-shoot digital camera.Filmed in Forks, Washington (setting of the Twilight saga) the how-to photography DVD contains footage of professional photographer Brett Higgins (Magnolia) and top model Cherie Wimberly (Star Search, General Hospital) taking photos using a dSLR and point-and-shoot camera, respectively, as they explore the beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest areas surrounding Forks, WA and Olympic National Park.
The Capturing the Elements team first produced an original photography video series, Beyond the Photograph (2006 -2008), seen worldwide over the web at an average of 15,000 viewers per month.
"Before I had even heard of Twilight we were slated to film the Hoh Rainforest near Forks back in 2007 for the web series," said Higgins, "but everything was put on hold while developing the W.I.S.E. Method of Photography. So when it came time to choose a setting for the DVD, we looked at places with the most diverse scenery in one location and Forks was our number one choice."
Developed from his own personal experiences of teaching others to take better photos, the W.I.S.E. Method of Photography is a technique Higgins hopes will help people take control of their image results at a time when digital technology has made nature photography more popular than ever.
"I remember when there were very few people taking photos in the backcountry," Brett said, "people used to stare at my camera like they had never seen anything like it. Now, digital cameras out on the trail are as common as hiking boots, but there hasn't been much progress in teaching people how to use them."
Now available on Amazon.com for a retail price of 19.99, the Capturing the Elements: Forks DVD contains several tips on basic digital photography, along with a lesson on dSLR exposure settings, plus Brett's trademarked W.I.S.E. Method of Photography and bonus footage of the original Capturing the Elements video series Beyond the Photograph filmed in Joshua Tree and Paramount Ranch, California.
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