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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, February 8, 2011

Would Ansel Adams Use A DSLR?

If Ansel Adams were shooting digital, would a DSLR be his tool of choice? We look at the requirements of a serious landscape shooter and see if today’s best cameras are up to the challenge.

Ansel Adams mastered both the artistic and the scientific aspects of photography, and is admired as much for the technical quality of his images as for their artistic merit.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gadget Bag: Shells For Nature Photography

Outerwear to make your late-winter and early-spring treks comfortable

As we approach the transition from winter to spring, nature photographers’ thoughts turn to getting more time outdoors to take advantage of the changing weather patterns.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In Focus: March 2011

Use the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD for wide-open landscapes and faraway wildlife. The lens is compact, weighing just 15.9 ounces and measuring 3.8 inches in length and 2.9 inches in diameter.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What Gear Would Ansel Adams Carry Today?

If Adams was using a digital camera, here are some of the essential pieces of equipment he’d have in the field

What did Ansel Adams carry into the field when he went off to photograph in places like Yosemite Valley?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Get Ready For The Cold

Tips, tricks and gear for shooting when the mercury drops

Over the past two decades, I’ve accumulated three years’ worth of time in an unheated tent in the Arctic, including about six months at temperatures from -40° F to -65° F. Cold is no stranger.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gadget Bag: Memory Cards

Capacities and speeds continue to improve, giving you more options for still and HD-video shooting

When digital was first catching on, it seemed like there were new memory-card formats coming out almost as fast as new cameras.

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.

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