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Monday, September 1, 2008

BetterPhoto For Better Photos

With top-level instructors and a variety of classes, BetterPhoto.com’s online learning environment is hitting the mark for many nature photographers

The Internet has made it easier than ever to find information on almost any subject, and photography is no exception. While reading up on how to use your camera or the basics of exposure, many people learn faster and better with feedback. But workshops can be expensive and difficult to work into many schedules. This is where BetterPhoto.com fills a void by giving students feedback and flexibility in how they learn.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Morton Arboretum Lisle, Illinois

The Morton Arboretum is an outdoor museum of woody plants established in 1922 by Morton Salt magnate, Joy Morton. Situated on the rolling Valparaiso Moraine in northern Illinois and bisected by the DuPage River, the grounds encompass 1,700 acres of magnificent natural systems. There’s a restored 100-acre prairie, oak and black walnut woodlands, savannas, winding streams, lakes and marshes—and all of it is accessible on nine miles of paved one-way roads and 14 miles of hiking trails.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Butterfly Captures

I have butterflies in my garden and would like to adapt my digital SLR to capture them. Any suggestions on what to use without breaking the bank?

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Mobile Photographer

I’m limited to movement in a walker or electric cart. I would like to start photography again. Is there a tool that could be clamped onto the walker or cart that would hold a camera out of the way while I move into position and then would permit the camera to be swung around to take the picture?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Aquarium Tips

This fall my wife and I are planning to travel to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We would like to photograph the animals in the aquariums as well as the aquariums themselves. Can you help with any equipment recommendations or techniques?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Seeing Photographs

How you use your LCD can get you better photographs

Digital cameras can help you take better landscape photographs. If I had said that even just a few years ago, OP would have received lots of letters. People would have challenged that statement, defending film, and basically telling me I was crazy. I may be crazy at times, but not because of this idea.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Digital Landscape Tips

Before Leaving Home  •  On The Road  •  Get The Shot Without Getting Shot  •  Overcome The Conditions • Tripods • Filters & Digital

For this year’s OP Landscape Annual, I’m offering you the tips and techniques I teach and use in the field on a regular basis, updated for digital photography. Get ready to photograph those fall colors and winter scenes now!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Publishing 2008

New options make it possible for you to make your own photo book

Many photographers dream of seeing their art published in book form. The process of making images, editing them into a cohesive theme that tightly focuses on your special interests and viewpoints, and then realizing it all in book form is an exciting process. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several books published. Now that many of them are out of print, I’m looking for ways to make new books.

Friday, August 1, 2008

In Praise Of Pea Soup

When you feel the cool dampness of fog starting to roll in, pull out your camera and get ready for a rare opportunity

Any landscape photographer who prays and waits for conditions that lower contrast, decrease saturation, obscure sharpness and ruin resolution might be considered to be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, a real madman. Yet, when that condition is fog, there’s a definite method to that madness.

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