What is Conservation Photography?
Conservation photography is defined more by the way it is used than by what it contains. Conservation photography inspires action to protect and conserve the natural world. Within that broad category, almost any kind of photograph can be used for conservation purposes, including the following:
- Stock photos donated to local nature organizations.
- Scenics, wildlife, and macro shots of nature that are specifically requested.
- Images of people enjoying outdoor activities.
- Photos taken at organization events.
- Art photos donated for fundraising.
- Photographers helping educate organizations on how to use and present photos.
Volunteer to be a GNPA conservation volunteer photographer!
Please log in to the members only site. Complete the short contact form for the Conservation Committee Volunteer program. We’ll be in touch soon to discuss your interests and how you can help!
Sometimes you will have a vertical image but it needs to be converted to a 1080 pixel wide horizontal image with a 4:3 aspect ratio for posting on Meetup and the GNPA website. I’ll walk through the process. This video from Matt Kloskowski helps to walk through the basic ideas.
Here is a vertical image: We want to change this to a horizontal image for posting on Meetup and the GNPA website.
Start by Opening the Print Module in Lightroom. Open the Layout panel on the left side of the screen. I am creating the 8×6 User template so I can use it for this image and in the future.
First, create a Custom Layout with appropriate dimensions or a multiple of those dimensions. Select the + to the Right of the Template Browser. I am going to use 8 inches wide and 6 inches high for a 4:3 aspect ratio.
Add a single custom cell for the vertical image. You can choose any of the cell size options and then adjust the size as needed. I used 4.5 inches wide and 6 inches high – a 3:4 ratio that fills the 6 inch canvas height but that could be changed as needed. Be sure to fill the page height if you want to avoid having excess white space. You can use any size for the cell as long as it matches the height of your layout. The sides will simply have white space.
Drag the photo into the cell. Tweak the image dimensions on the page as needed so it fills the vertical dimension. If you have a different dimension, make sure the height of the cell matches the height of your layout.
Go to the Page Panel and add a watermark for the photographer credit.
Open the Print Job panel. Select Print to JPEG at top of panel. Set PPI so the image width in inches times PPI is approximately 1080 pixels wide. In this case it is 135 pixels which is 1080 pixels divided by the 8 inch width of the cell. Choose Standard Sharpening and Glossy Output. Choose Quality 70-80%. Set custom file dimensions to 8 x 6 inches to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio. Render as sRGB with Relative Colormetric.
Select Print to File at the bottom of the screen to create the JPEG. Name the file as desired and put it in the desired folder. Here is the resulting file.