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April 10th, 2013

Sunrise Light on the Towers of Torres del Paine

Posted By Ian Plant
"The Towers at Dawn" by Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) The Towers of Paine are the most famous feature of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park (hence the park’s name), and for good reason. Although not quite as big as some of the surrounding mountains, the towers are sheer walls of granite, making them exceptionally photogenic, especially at sunrise when they catch …
April 9th, 2013

Morning Glory in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine

Posted By Ian Plant
"Morning Glory" - Patagonia
(© Ian Plant) During my recent three week trip to the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile, I had one of the most productive shoots I have had in a long time. Patagonia was exceptionally generous this year, and I came away with a lot of images that I am really happy with. Sometimes, there …
January 2nd, 2013

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Photographers

Posted By Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) The New Year is upon us, a time for past reflection and future resolve. Everyone feels that urge to put their mistakes behind them, to make amends, and to start fresh with a clean slate. If you’re like me, however, you probably find the process of making resolutions to be a challenging …
August 8th, 2012

Turn Off “Auto Correct”

Posted By Ian Plant
"Aurora's Blush" by Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) By now, most of you have had plenty of experience with the sometimes maddening “auto correct” feature built into most smart phones and tablets these days—you know, that annoying second-guessing your phone does when you try to send a text message or email. Some of my personal favorites include when my phone …
May 2nd, 2012

Never Stop Shooting

Posted By Ian Plant
"Lenga Dance" by Ian Plant - Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
(© Ian Plant) I am sometimes asked to give advice to aspiring photographers seeking to improve their skills. My answer is always the same: shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. It is often said that practice makes perfect, and this is no less true for photography than anything else. And frankly, this advice applies even …
April 20th, 2012

Lost and Found

Posted By Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) Just over a week ago, in the backcountry wilds of Patagonia, I made a sunrise image that I had been dreaming of for years. It was taken at one of my favorite locations beneath iconic Mount Fitz Roy, a place I had photographed many times, but only at sunset. As the peaks …
March 27th, 2012

Outdoor Photographer April 2012 Discover Digital Quick Tips Article

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Outdoor Photographer April 2012 Discover Digital Quick Tips Article
I am excited to share that my “Discover Digital Quick Tips” article is published in the April 2012 issue of Outdoor Photographer! OP’s Editor gave me this opportunity after telling me that he always considers my images to be among the most authentic and beautiful that he regularly sees. In my article, I offer my …
April 25th, 2011

Getting the “Right” White Balance

Posted By Ian Plant
"Rio de las Vueltas" - Patagonia
(© Ian Plant) White balance is something of a mystery to most beginning photographers, and it can even be a bit confounding for the seasoned pros out there. If you find yourself struggling to understand how white balance works, don’t despair—it is actually easier than you think. White balance is essentially a process by which your camera …
April 4th, 2011

A Sense of Place

Posted By Ian Plant
"The Forbidden Kingdom" - Patagonia
(© Ian Plant) Every landscape—every scene in nature—is different, each possessing its own unique magic. As nature photographers, our mission is to find that unique magic, to reduce it to its essence, and to capture it with our cameras so that we may share it with others. Part of this process is learning to tell a …
March 23rd, 2011

The Power of Photography

Posted By Ian Plant
"Los Cuernos del Paine" - Torres del Paine, Patagonia
Photography isn’t like other forms of art. Painting, sculpting, drawing: they all start with nothing—a blank canvas or sheet of paper, or an uncut block of stone—and through the creative thought and actions of the artist, something is produced from nothing. These forms of art are creation media, and spring forth, not unlike Athena from …