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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Digital Improv

The most important part of your digital gear may be a willingness to experiment

One thing certainly hasn’t changed since Outdoor Photographer got its start 20 years ago—no matter how well you prepare, no matter how much gear you take with you on a trip into the wilds, you can never be ready for everything. Sooner or later, you’ll run into a photo problem that demands to be solved, yet you don’t seem to have the gear to handle it. You then have three choices: forget the photo opportunity, take a photo anyway knowing it won’t succeed or do a little photographic improvisation. You may have to think like MacGyver, but if the subject demands attention now, you have little choice. I find photo improv to be fun and satisfying when it works.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

The Craft of RAW

Use RAW to make good photos better, not bad photos okay

We looked at the mythology associated with RAW last month, that it somehow possesses magical properties that allow it to capture image quality from any brightness range, that you can get wonderful images from any exposure. That myth has set a lot of photographers down the wrong path.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Channel Islands, California

Sitting off Southern California’s populated coast, the Channel Islands are an inverted oasis of spectacularly natural beauty. The eight Channel Islands offer wilderness treasures ready for exploring most of the year.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Getting The Most From RAW

A valuable tool for the digital photographer, RAW must be treated with respect to maximize its benefits

Digital offers so many new choices that it can be confusing at times. Remember what it was like when we first started photographing—our choices were befuddling then, too. We had no idea of what an ƒ-stop was or why we should choose a particular ƒ-stop and shutter speed combination. And what about depth of field versus selective focus?

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Hill Country, Southern Texas

Southern Texas is situated in an optimal region for wildflowers. Field after field of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers are found hugging the rolling hills between Fredericksburg, Lampasas and Brenham. Austin, the state capital, sits in the middle of the triangle formed by these three towns.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Twilight Flash

Use a flash after sunset to add sparkle to your image

Twilight is a wonderful time for making pictures. With a solid tripod and a long exposure, you can compose outstanding images in the soft light. For even better results, consider adding a flash to the mix. A flash illuminates the silhouetted shapes and the dark areas that you’d get when shooting toward the sunset’s afterglow. With multiple flash bursts, you can light up a wider area or create pools of light to emphasize particular parts of your composition.

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Turnagain Arm, Alaska

Alaska. Just the mention of the word conjures visions of boundless wilderness, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife. Just down the road from Anchorage lies one of Alaska’s most accessible photographic gems—Turnagain Arm.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico

Comprised of 45,000 acres of badlands, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico is located about 35 miles south of Farmington. Geologically speaking, this wilderness is as remote an area as a photographer is likely to explore.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The Magic Of (Custom) White Balance

Auto white balance is a useful tool, but can be limiting if it's the only white balance you use

With the popularity of digital cameras exploding, many photographers now know about white balance, yet this isn’t new technology. It began with video cameras nearly 50 years ago, when color television became common.

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