OP Home > Columns > Digital Horizons

Digital Horizons

Digital Horizons

In Digital Horizons, Rob Sheppard helps you bridge the gap between photography and digital technology.  Learn how digital cameras can conquer even the toughest photography challenges.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Making Better Nature Photos

Honoring nature by creating new visions of the world

Photographers are always interested in the latest gear, how a new lens might help, in taking workshops and reading magazines like Outdoor Photographer, all in the effort to become a better photographer.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Compendium 2008

High-tech tools to help you get the best images

One thing that I especially like about the photography business is that the majority of manufacturers care about us. Sure, they’d like us to spend money on their products, but they also like to make products that work.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lightroom Vs. Photoshop

Which one of these programs will you find more useful for your photography?

If you’re going to get the most from your digital images, you have to use some sort of image-processing program. A camera doesn’t “capture” reality, it interprets it based on sensor range and limits, camera designer decisions, and processing done by the camera before the image becomes a RAW or JPEG file.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Camera Dunking

A waterproof digital camera offers whole new possibilities for your photography

Water and digital cameras don’t mix. If you drop a digital SLR into the water, you might as well just leave it there and hope that insurance will cover the replacement costs. Yet recently I’ve been dunking a camera into all sorts of water. Of course, this isn’t any ordinary camera, but a compact and waterproof, point-and-shoot digital camera.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Thanks For The Memory

Be sure your memory cards are working their best for you

Memory cards are critical for digital photography. We can’t do without them. Losing a memory card can be worse than losing a roll of film because so many more images fit on a memory card. So most photographers are careful about where they store their cards; usually they’re placed in a memory card holder that keeps them in order and stored in the same location.

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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In Search Of...

Lessons learned while looking for pitcher plants in northern Florida

The mythological Greek Sirens lured sailors onto the rocks and to their deaths by singing beautiful songs that were irresistible. Pitcher plants are the sirens of the plant world, offering attractive scents and nectars that lure all sorts of bugs to their deaths.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Easy Digital Video

Add some movement and sound to your next trip into the wilds

How often have you been to a beautiful location and wished you could bring some of it back as a video? There’s no question that still photography has its limits in portraying a location. Video brings movement and sound to a setting and offers a whole new dimension for nature images.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Expanding Photography’s Tonal Range

HDR photography lets you capture images of great brightness range that are closer to the reality you see

One of the great challenges of photography is capturing a scene that we see well, but the camera doesn’t. Neither film nor digital sensors are capable of recording all of the tones in a scene that has a great range of brightness, such as rock formations against a sunset. Usually you get something of a silhouette, yet you know that you saw detail in both the sky and the ground.

Popular OP Articles