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Monday, January 1, 2007

Air Travel And Carrying On Gear

A few things to help deal with the current clear and present carry-on hassles

WHACK! The bear's huge paw connected squarely with my face. Even though I saw it coming, there was nothing I could do because my seat belt was already fastened. Seat belts in the wild? Not on your life, I was in a jet plane. But do they really let live bears on board a jet? Well, once you let snakes on a plane, what do you expect?

Monday, January 1, 2007

Digital Basics For Outdoor Photography

Image Capture • Optimize • LCD Viewing • Share

In this column, I'll address questions concerning critical digital photographic equipment and skills. These are the kinds of questions often asked by students at my workshops and seminars, especially by photographers still considering whether they want to change from film to digital or those just making that change. But even advanced digital photographers find they lack essential equipment–in the camera bag or at the desktop–and the knowledge keeping them from achieving their photographic vision in the digital realm.

Monday, January 1, 2007

New Life For Older Images

Don't let digital technology overshadow your film archive

Sometimes it seems that the world moves too fast. When did all my photographs become an underused reference library? It wasn’t that long ago that my 4x5 chromes and 35mm slides, mostly in repro dupe form, were actively being sent out to clients. I’ve spent hundreds of hours cataloging my images, with captions and keywords and bar coding, to make them easily accessible and ready to submit.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Ohio

Situated in the village of Yellow Springs about 20 miles east of Dayton in southwestern Ohio, Glen Helen Nature Preserve is an uncommonly beautiful and pristine parcel of land that’s safeguarded as a laboratory for the observation, study and enjoyment of natural ecological processes. Within it, all wildlife, vegetation and rock formations are protected. The preserve consists of approximately 1,000 acres—more than 20 miles of often challenging hiking trails through hills and valleys, two scenic creeks, an attractive waterfall known as the Cascades, several springs (including Yellow Spring, after which the village is named), an enchanting pine forest, and many limestone rock formations and ledges. This spectacular landscape was created by glacial meltwaters around 10,000 years ago.

Monday, December 11, 2006

White Balance

I’ve heard conflicting recommendations on where to set the white balance on my digital camera. Some sources advise the use of automatic white balance; others say to use a different white-balance setting for each specific light source. What do you think?

 


Monday, December 4, 2006

Big Suns

I’ve always enjoyed dramatic landscapes featuring a big sun. What kind of lens should I use to achieve this effect?

 


Friday, December 1, 2006

Gifts For Globetrotting Photographers

Start dropping those hints for these cool traveler's photo toys

Gifts For Globetrotting PhotographersIt’s the time of year when someone in your household may be looking for a good but reasonable gift idea for you, the family’s "visual artist" (as I insist on being called). Assuming you’ve been good (you’ve been good, right?) and not naughty, the following nifty items for traveling photographers are really cool, but won’t break the bank.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Infrared Photography

IR Possibilities • Flying With Photo Gear • LCD Viewing • Image Compatibility • Brightness/Contrast Methodology • Sensors & Wide-Angles

I have a Fuji FinePix S20 Pro, which I read a few months ago is supposedly capable of making infrared digitals. Any idea how I would do that?
Rick Matukonis
Via the Internet


Friday, December 1, 2006

Home Field Training

Mentally prepare yourself to think like a pro adventure photographer

home field trainingAt first glance, it would seem that unless you’re a full-time adventure athlete, photographing action and adventure photography is something to which you’ll have little opportunity to apply yourself. I believe that nothing could be farther from the truth. When considering the steps to shooting action photos, there are many ways you can use these ideas when practicing and honing your photographic skills far from the mountains or wild rivers.

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