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With advice on everything from gear to travel, Solutions helps you make the most of your outdoor photography and solves some of the photographer's most common problems.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Get The Most From Your Batteries

Don't run out of power before you run out of pictures

I’m the first to admit being a bit compulsive about batteries. I condition them, charge them, check them and clean their terminals when necessary. I even label them with the date they went into service. I attached a power strip to one end of a workbench and use it exclusively to feed my rechargeables. Before you yell, "Get a life!" understand that I’ve never—not even once—run out of power before I ran out of pictures.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Thin Ice Of Global Climate Change

Polar Bears International fights to save our ambassadors of the Arctic

In the past twenty years that I’ve been regularly traveling to the Arctic, I’ve learned to appreciate and respect the land, the people and the animals who live there. There’s no other place in the world with the open spaces and the bounty of life—says Norbert Rosing, member of Polar Bears International’s Photography Advisory Council.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Slides To Digital

Duping with a D-SLR

Most longtime film photographers who want to convert slides and negatives into digital images do it by using a film scanner. Scanners offer high resolution (a 4000-dpi scanner turns a 35mm slide into a 21-megapixel digital image) and versatility (including built-in dust and scratch reduction, color restoration, grain management and even dynamic range-expansion features), along with settings optimized for color slides, color negatives and black-and-white films.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Selective Focus Made Easy

Lensbabies create a distinctive look with your digital SLR.

Photographers love accessories that help them create unique-looking images. With many photographers owning the same cameras and lenses, it’s exciting to find a product that provides us with the ability to create a distinctive photograph. The Lensbaby 2.0 gives photographers the flexibility to explore our individual creativity.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Where The Spot Meets The Pixel

Use a spot meter to achieve the best exposure possible

Although you may hear the phrase "I’ll fix it in Photoshop" come from the lips of a digital photographer, correcting mistakes is more time-consuming than getting it right in-camera. This is no truer when it comes to exposure, where poor metering results in the loss of crucial detail in shadows and highlights.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Functionality Meets Style

Novoflex offers camera supports that are both reliable and attractively designed

When it comes to most photographic accessories, the emphasis is often on functionality, yet not far behind that is the matter of style. So while we photographers want tools that help us to create great images, we also appreciate having products that make us look good while we’re doing it. Novoflex definitely knows how to put style into common photographic gear.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Software For Sharper Photos

You can't make a sharp image out of a fuzzy one...can you?

Image sharpness is important in landscape photos and wildlife close-ups, where fine detail makes or breaks the shot. And though we try to get our images as sharp as possible in-camera by focusing carefully and keeping the camera steady during exposure, limitations in lenses and digital technologies can keep us from getting the most out of our technique.

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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Quick Support

Achieve stability and speedy access to your camera with this useful gear

Tripods and monopods ensure that the images we create are sharp. The sturdy legs and rugged designs offer a stable plat-form for creating virtually any image. There are moments when we want to quickly change the position of the camera, however, and that’s where special designs and accessories make the difference.

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