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September 18th, 2014

Seeing Subjects

Posted By Jason Bradley
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OP recently put out a story called Seeing Science, written by Amy Gulick and featuring images by Frans Lanting. Needless to say, Frans is a seasoned photographer and has been covering natural history stories for National Geographic magazine for decades. In the piece, Amy highlights how Frans formulates images with narratives about science, and wrote … 
August 22nd, 2014

Say Anything

Posted By Ian Plant
"Something Blue" - White Sands National Monument, USA (by Ian Plant)
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.”—”Say Anything” (1989) (© Ian Plant) If I were to pick a single actor … 
August 6th, 2014

Getting Down to the Essentials

Posted By Michael Frye
Wildflower island and cascade, eastern Sierra; 100mm, 1/2 sec. at f/16, 100 ISO
It’s been an interesting summer in the Sierra. Last winter was one of the driest on record, but over the last month or so we’ve seen a steady flow of monsoonal moisture flowing up from the southeast, leading to frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms over the higher elevations. We even heard about an epic deluge … 
June 19th, 2014

Waves and Slow Shutter Speeds

Posted By Michael Frye
Fog at the mouth of the Klamath River, Redwood NP, CA, USA
The far northern coast of California has many wonderful, wild coastal areas, providing great opportunities to make moody photographs of ocean scenes. It can be challenging to photograph these scenes, however, because things are constantly changing. In addition to that usual variable – the weather – you have to think about the tides and movement … 
May 22nd, 2014

Comp Stomping

Posted By Ian Plant
"Ebb and Flow" - Olympic National Park, USA (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) I was first introduced to the term “comp stomping”—the intentional reenactment of a specific composition created by someone else—a few years back. I’ve previously talked about icon chasing, which involves photographing famous scenes that have been shot over and over by hundreds of thousands of people; comp stomping takes it a step … 
March 28th, 2014

Rediscover Photography – with an iPhone…

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Close-up of backlit palm leaves, Yucatan Peninsula.
It has been a long-held tenet that the best camera for any situation is the one you’re holding in your hand. If you’re like me, however, you too often make a distinction between “official shooting” and the “recreational” kind. For the first, I carry a backpack full of gear, a tripod, filters, cables, chargers, yada, … 
July 23rd, 2013

Photographing Reflections: Beyond the Mirror

Posted By Michael Frye
Creek descending through a granite basin, Yosemite NP. The sun was hitting the rocks just beyond the top of the frame, reflecting the gold color into the water, and even onto some of the polished rocks on the right.
When people think of photographing a reflection, they usually think of a mirror reflection, like a mountain reflected in a tranquil lake. I’ve done my share of those, but I think it’s often more interesting to just look at the colors, textures, and patterns on the water’s surface. During my just-completed Hidden Yosemite workshop we … 
April 29th, 2013

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Posted By Michael Clark
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The Spring 2013 issue of the Michael Clark Photography Newsletter is now available for download. If you’d like to sign up for the Newsletter just drop me an email and I’ll add you to the mailing list. This issue includes an editorial about adapting to new technologies, an equipment review of the TrekPak dividers for Pelican … 
April 9th, 2013

Light and Mood With Intimate Landscapes

Posted By Michael Frye
Sunlight slanting across Crane Flat Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
A Trip to Crane Flat During a recent series of weather systems in Yosemite, I kept checking the radar and satellite images online, looking for an opportunity to photograph a clearing storm. One morning looked promising, so I drove up to Yosemite Valley early, but found no snow. It looked like the snow level had … 
February 6th, 2013

New e-book: Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer

Posted By Michael Clark
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Click here to purchase Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer I am very happy to announce my new e-book entitled Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer. This e-book is a 277 page e-book and is packed with pretty much everything I know about using artificial lighting in the outdoors. If you are looking to take …