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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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

(HD) In A Nutshell

For the D-SLR shooter, there are many factors in shooting HD video

The still camera and HD video camcorder worlds slowly are starting to converge. The biggest news in the still-photography industry has been the arrival of HD shooting for D-SLR cameras. Last year, Nikon released the D90—a D-SLR that offers a 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the ability to record cinematic-quality movie files at up to 720p HD.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Poor Man’s Super-Telephoto

Using a tele-extender can give your long lenses even more punch for wildlife and landscape photos

The lens of choice among the serious pro wildlife photographers I know seems to be the 600mm ƒ/4 super-telephoto. It’s great for subjects that won’t let you get close, is incredibly sharp, and autofocuses quickly and accurately. However, it costs over $7,000. That being just a bit beyond my budget, when I really need “reach,” I turn my $1,200 300mm ƒ/4 lens into a 600mm ƒ/8 by attaching a $300 2x teleconverter between the lens and camera body.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Web Optimization, Part I

Determine your audience and size your photos correctly for the Internet

Optimizing photographs for display on the web is as essential as ever. While many photographers focus attention on optimizing photographs for print, it’s important to recognize how powerful first impressions can be with web-based photographs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Setting The Background

Using backgrounds to complement your nature photographs

Minimalism has been a trend in nature photography that has spread from the point of capture all the way to the fine-art print, often resulting in photos with the “less is more” technique.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Try a spotting scope as an alternative to an extreme telephoto lens for birding and small wildlife shots

One of the biggest challenges photographing wildlife is having enough magnification. You want to fill the frame and utilize all of the resolution of your digital SLR, but for most of us that means having an extreme telephoto lens, which can be prohibitively expensive.

Monday, September 1, 2008

BetterPhoto For Better Photos

With top-level instructors and a variety of classes, BetterPhoto.com’s online learning environment is hitting the mark for many nature photographers

The Internet has made it easier than ever to find information on almost any subject, and photography is no exception. While reading up on how to use your camera or the basics of exposure, many people learn faster and better with feedback. But workshops can be expensive and difficult to work into many schedules. This is where BetterPhoto.com fills a void by giving students feedback and flexibility in how they learn.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Think about shooting for composites and you can create landscapes of the mind

Shooting and compositing multiple exposures can provide you with unique and creative images. Many camera bodies have settings that prevent the shutter from advancing, allowing an infinite number of exposures to be made on the same frame. For most of us, however, Photoshop will be the ideal tool for making composite images.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Learn From A Pro

The New York Institute of Photography helps develop a hobby into a career

Jim Edds used to work in a lab as a chemist making base resins for paint. He saved his underwater photography passion for weekends. Now, he travels across the country chasing and shooting storms. He takes stills, captures video and sells the footage to news outlets like CNN, NBC and The Weather Channel.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

ACDSee Pro 2

Powerful all-in-one image-management/editing software for Windows

ACDSee Pro 2 is the latest upgrade to ACD Systems’ popular workflow-management software. Besides making it easy to download, organize, archive and locate your images, ACDSee Pro 2 provides powerful editing and RAW-processing capabilities. One-click Visual Tagging and extensive batch processing greatly speed up and simplify workflow.

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