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Stay in focus with our digital photography equipment reviews. You'll discover a wide range of information on nature photography in these informative articles.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In Focus: January/February 2011

The Pentax K-5 is housed in the same water-resistant, weather-sealed body as its predecessor, the K-7, but it’s packed with pro-level upgrades that include a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 7 fps frame rate and full 1080p HD video at 25 fps.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gadget Bag: Safety First

With some lightweight gear that fits into your camera bag, you’ll be prepared to handle most of the small mishaps that can happen in the field

Preparedness falls into the interrelated categories of first-aid, communication, navigation and protection.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Major Innovations Of The Last 25 Years

In the quarter-century since OP began publication, there have been incredible strides in imaging. Here are some of the most significant and their implications for photography moving forward.

Photography is an art form that tends to push the limits of technology.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In Focus: December 2010

Editors' Picks: Our annual look at products that the OP Editors found to be particularly interesting and useful for nature photographers.

At the 2010 PMA trade show that took place in February, I went to a Sony press conference where they showed a concept camera—a mirrorless, interchangeable-lens model with a large APS-C image sensor.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

25 Pro Gear Choices

All of us have a special piece of equipment that we never leave home without. Here, OP’s pro contributors share their key tools for getting great shots in the field.

Nature photography is part art and part science. There’s the spiritual side of being out in the wilderness where you can find a beautiful scene.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gadget Bag: Make Your Best Fall Prints

You can create rich, vivid prints of fall color when you have the right printer for the job

The shadows have grown longer, the air is cooler, and there’s crispness in the air. Yes, warm summer days have made way for fall, and with fall comes the event so many landscape photographers look forward to every year.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Focus: November 2010

Holiday Gift Guide

With five slots supporting 24 memory card formats, the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB reader is versatile. It can read multiple cards from multiple card slots simultaneously, and allows for card-to-card file transfer between cards in different slots.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gadget Bag: Polarizers For Fall Color

Having a good polarizer on your camera can do more to bring out fall color than hours of work in Photoshop

Shooting with a good polarizer may just be your single best way to get more vibrant and dramatic colors this fall.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In Focus: October 2010

The Sigma 17-50mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a compact, fast-aperture standard zoom with optical stabilization. With two FLD glass elements, one hybrid aspherical lens element and two glass-mold elements, the lens corrects for all types of aberrations.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gadget Bag: Hybrid Backpacks

For summer hiking, try carrying your gear in a pack that’s part photo bag and part backpack

For comfort, convenience and sheer capacity, photo backpacks are hard to beat.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

In Focus: September 2010

Round out your lens collection with the Sigma 85mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM, a large-aperture medium-telephoto. Designed for use with full-frame DSLRs, the lens can be used with smaller APS-C-sized sensors and the focal length increases to about 127.5mm.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Supporting HD

Fluid heads are the best choice for smooth panning and tracking, whether shooting stills or video

Now that DSLRs are offering video capture, it’s time to reexamine some of the gear that you may need.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gadget Bag: Inkjet Paper For B&W Prints

To make the very best black-and-white prints, you need to have a clean, high-resolution image file, a good printer and the right paper

Back in the days when having a darkroom in your home involved chemistry and safelights, black-and-white printing ruled supreme.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In Focus: August 2010

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm ƒ/4G ED VR II serves as an excellent addition to your lens kit. With a professional-grade lens body made from die-cast magnesium for increased durability, the lens is sealed to resist moisture and dust. There’s a special meniscus glass to help protect the front element.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gadget Bag: High Dynamic Range Software

Use digital technology to make your photographs more like human vision

High Dynamic Range—even the words sound exciting. Dynamic range describes the breadth of differences in luminance between the darkest (pure black) and lightest (absolute white) areas in an image.

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