There’s more to getting a good black-and-white image than just shooting in color and doing a conversion. In the field, take advantage of your camera’s settings and you can unleash its inner TRI-X!
There are two basic ways to produce black-and-white images digitally: Shoot them that way in-camera or shoot them in color and convert them to black-and-white using imaging software. Both offer advantages. Most of today’s D-SLRs provide a monochrome mode.
Cameras keep getting better, and the latest models to come out this fall are among the very best yet for nature photographers
It’s fall, and besides the annual leaf change and wildlife migrations, this is a time of year when manufacturers unveil their new D-SLR lineups. Some of these cameras are ready and available right now, some are coming soon, and others are only concepts, but all of them represent new leaps forward in technology that will help you make better photographs.
Our annual roundup of gadgets and gear to help the outdoor photographer in your life get better pictures
With the holidays fast approaching, Outdoor Photographer offers our annual collection of photo gear to help you get better photographs. This year, we have everything from printers to software to photo backpacks. What you won’t find in this guide are cameras or lenses. Instead, we focus on the accessories that work with any camera or lens setup you have. Happy Holidays!
15.1 megapixels, 920,000-dot Live-View LCD monitor, 6.3 fps shooting and ISOs up to 12,800
Just a year after Canon debuted a major upgrade to its popular mid-level EOS 30D D-SLR via the EOS 40D, the company has introduced a major upgrade of the 40D. The new EOS 50D raises the resolution a whopping 50% while maintaining essentially the same shooting rate, introduces Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor to the D-SLR line, increases the LCD monitor’s resolution fourfold and more.
The newest member of Nikon’s FX-format (full-frame) lineup looks to be a serious contender for nature shooters
For the outdoor photographer who loves the full-frame capability and superb performance of Nikon’s top-of-the-line D3, but would prefer a smaller, lighter camera (and a lighter price), Nikon has introduced the D700. The camera shares many of the D3’s fine features, but is much more compact (albeit still quite rugged) and costs $2,000 less. The D700 even adds a few features not present in the D3, like a pop-up Speedlight flash unit and a sensor-dust reduction system.
What’s in a camera’s DNA? We’ll show you the features and technologies that have trickled down from the top-end models to the popular sweet-spot cameras.
Many camera manufacturers talk about their upper-mid-range models, those most used by nature photographers, as being inspired by the same technology as their uber-pro models. For most nature photographers, the top-end cameras aren’t practical options, however.
With prices dropping and capabilities on the rise, underwater photography is within the grasp of just about anyone who has an interest in giving it a try
While increased access to underwater photography makes it easy for almost anyone to compose images in water and underwater, capturing a quality image requires skills and techniques unique to the liquid environment.
Choose the best camera for your landscape photography
Large-format landscape artist Ansel Adams once described his 35mm camera as “an extension of the eye as used freely in the hand.” And the late Galen Rowell, a world-class mountaineer and landscape photographer, did most of his amazing work with 35mm SLRs, again for the freedom they provided.
While photographers can (and do) travel with all sorts of cameras, it’s a welcome alternative to carry a lightweight model that incorporates features especially useful for travel photography. In compiling our list of travel D-SLRs, we used the following criteria:
This new D-SLR features 14.6 megapixels, a weatherproof body and a Live View LCD
The fourth D-SLR to result from the Samsung-Pentax partnership, the GX-20 shares much with the new Pentax K20D, including its new Samsung 14.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor and rugged dust- and water-resistant construction.
New D-SLRs offer low prices and excellent image quality
Sony’s newest D-SLRs, the A350 and A300, offer simple operation, great value and amazing versatility. The A350 features a 14.2-megapixel image sensor and a price under $800; the otherwise identical A300 features a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor. Like all Sony D-SLRs, both can use a wide range of Sony, Zeiss and Minolta Maxxum lenses.
A new 14.6-megapixel APS-C sensor makes this new D-SLR ideal for landscapes and wildlife
Hot on the heels of the K200D, the new top-of-the-line K20D is Pentax’s 10th D-SLR, and it’s worthy of the honor. Featuring a new 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor and live viewing on its 2.7-inch LCD monitor, the K20D builds on the features that made the K10D an excellent choice for outdoor photography: rugged, dustproof and weather-resistant construction; a built-in sensor-shift Shake Reduction system that works with all lenses; an effective dust-control system; a high-performance Pentax PRIME imaging engine; 3 fps shooting and more.