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Read reviews of the latest wildlife and nature photography equipment. Our camera equipment reviews cover lenses to accessories and everything in-between.




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lighten Up!

How to choose and use light-hiking equipment and philosophy to make your photography forays more enjoyable, comfortable and productive

Remote wilderness offers a unique venue for the outdoor photographer.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In Focus: June 2014

As of our press date, the specs for the Pentax 645Z are still being finalized, but this small-bodied, 51-megapixel, CMOS, medium-format-sensor camera is packing serious punch.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Medium Mainstay

Big telezooms get the glory and wide-angle models get the headlines, but the underappreciated middle child in a typical three-zoom kit may be your most useful lens. Learn how to choose the right one for you.

Telephoto zooms are popular with wildlife photographers and wide-angle zooms with landscapists, but the mid-range zooms also have their fans.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gadget Bag: Compact Binoculars

10x25 sport optics provide high power in a camera bag-friendly size

There are a large number of choices when it comes to binoculars.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Landscapes In Motion

Take your movie clips and time-lapse projects using these professional techniques and tools

Although landscapes are fundamentally static, many nature photographers are discovering that you can use today's sophisticated DSLR technology to create breathtaking motion projects.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gadget Bag: Polarizing Filters

For landscape photographers, a polarizer is a must-have accessory you should carry at all times. It does much more than simply darken the sky.

The term "filter" has become ubiquitous, as the ability to transform the color palette, texture and grain of an image now can be done with one touch using a Photoshop plug-in or an iPhone app.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In Focus: May 2014

The Nikon D4S has been designed to meet the needs of the modern-day multimedia photographer.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It’s More Than The Camera

See what enables and inspires the best landscape photographers to stay out shooting and create their powerful photos

We asked a number of top landscape photographers about their essential gear—the equipment they always want to have with them—for doing their work.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Solutions: Tracking The Sky

How to use a tracking mount to get phenomenal starry night photos with your DSLR

The cooler winter months yield the best skies for pure astrophotography, but for most of us, long, cold nights spent sitting next to a camera with an open shutter really isn't all that appealing.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gadget Bag: Window Mounts

Discounted as being for lazy photographers, a car window mount is an excellent tool for a variety of subjects from wildlife to scenics

In the camera support family, window mounts have been the stepchildren.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Focus: April 2014

Introduced by the manufacturer as the "Olympus for all," the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 includes the power and quality of the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 in an affordable interchangeable-lens system.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Super Telephoto Zooms

We decipher the technobabble behind these nature photography mainstays

A long lens can "bring the subject to you," producing a larger image in the image frame and making long lenses particularly popular with wildlife and bird photographers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Solutions: Lens Alignment

When using longer telephotos, be sure your camera and lenses are adjusted properly for each other

Most photographers take it for granted that their lenses and their cameras are in perfect alignment with one another, and that they'll perform with complete accuracy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Get Above It All, Part II

This is the second in a series of articles on aerial imaging using drones. In this issue, we look at gimbals, FPV and aerial imaging techniques.

In the article about aerial imaging using drones in the December 2013 issue of OP, we discussed how to take your first pictures in the air using GoPro cameras and entry-level quadcopters like the DJI Phantom.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gadget Bag: Large Format Printers

Ansel Adams was a master landscape printer. Take the same type of control with your prints by finding the perfect 17-inch printer to meet your preferences.

Not only was Ansel Adams iconic due to his ability to compose grand landscapes with beautiful light, but he was also known for the excellence of his prints.

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