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Friday, June 1, 2007

Finding Passion (In Nature Photography)

What does it take to create images that go beyond what everyone else has?

Outdoor Photographer readers are passionate about nature and photography. A large number of them are also passionate about protecting the environment.So you might rightfully wonder what the heck a column about digital photography today is doing talking about passion and nature photography.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Close-Up Sharpness

The Truth Is In The Details • Make It A Hard Drive • Times Two • When To Use IS • Airports And Cameras • Res It Up

I’m using a high-resolution digital camera and just started photographing trees, bark, leaves, etc. Many of my photos don’t show good resolution in the small details, such as bark texture, the small veins in leaves or the edges of paint peels. I shot images today using a tripod, mirror lock and cable release, and I used an f/11 aperture on a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. The image looks soft in several places. Is what I’m seeing a problem with digital capture?

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Keeping It Simple

Sticking With Film • Simpler Digital • Accessories • Simpler Image Handling • Beyond Simple

Yes, the world is a complex place. Technology can be baffling. True, some people just seem to be dedicated to making things difficult, and I know, sometimes you’ve read this column and thought photography was getting to be too technical and full of "stuff." But what’s important is the end result: an image that communicates or motivates. There are many ways for you to achieve your photographic vision and it doesn’t have to be that hard.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Tipping Point

Paying subjects to photograph them is a complex issue with no easy answers

For anyone who travels and photographs, it’s an all-too-familiar scenario: You’re walking down a street in a far-off destination and you spot an interesting-looking local wearing the traditional clothing of the region—a wonderful potential portrait subject. You begin to approach the person to start up a conversation, and you’re sized up immediately: your clothes, your equipment, your lack of the language.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Black River Wildlife Management Area, New Jersey


The Black River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in the township of Chester, is 12 miles west of Morristown and about one hour’s drive from New York City. This beautiful area, more than 3,000 acres in size, is easily accessible from routes 80, 206 and 513.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Great Falls National Park is a natural jewel situated just 14 miles northwest of our nation’s capitol. The park is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and covers some 900 acres on the Virginia side of the falls. On the Maryland side is the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Parkland, which stretches for 184 miles from D.C. to West Virginia. Both sides offer excellent vantage points with easy access, including wheelchair, to the falls by way of level paths and overlooks. The falls have a total vertical drop of some 76 feet in less than a mile and are comprised of several major cascades, the largest of which is 33 feet. The Potomac here is rated as a class 5 whitewater, which is considered a serious risk, and an average of seven people die every year in its powerful grip.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

HD Digital Video

The world of high-definition video offers new opportunities for nature photographers

Many outdoor photographers have long admired nature documentaries like those from the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Yet when they tried shooting in traditional video, the results were often disappointing. Video wasn’t known for its detail and color rendition.

Monday, March 26, 2007

When And How To Sharpen

Most professionals recommend sharpening a digital image before printing. I like a sharp image and use either a tripod or flash to improve the capture results. I feel using sharpening prior to printing makes the final print, in some cases, look unnatural. Why do the professionals use sharpening, and should I be using it?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Showing It Right

I’m giving a program to a large camera club next month. What information do I need to give them in preparation for my showing my images? I want it to come off looking professional, but I’ve never done this before.

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