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Master the skills you need with photography techniques from the experts. Whether you're a novice seeking advice on landscape, wildlife or nature photography or a pro looking for more advanced techniques, you'll find all the information you need, here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

10 Tips For Fall

Rod Planck shares some of his favorite techniques for the leaves of autumn

Fall is the nature photographer's dream season.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Quick Tips for Great Photos

A while ago, one of the tips I wrote was called “Top Ten Ways To Become A Better Photographer.”

What reminded me of this was a recent trip to a local bagel store

Monday, August 12, 2013

Aerial Perspective

A favorite angle from which I love to make photographs is from very high above my subject

The higher up I get, the more unique the view

Monday, August 5, 2013

Great Coastal Shots

Having lived on the east coast for many years, I developed a strong love for the ocean

I made many excursions to capture coastal light at both sunrise and sunset

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Keeping It Real With HDR

How to use HDR software to maintain appropriate contrast, overcome the limitations of the sensor and bring out detail—without overdoing it!

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked by students in my landscape photography workshops is, "How do I make my HDR photographs look more realistic?"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Extreme Close-Up

Learn how to use proper technique for sharp, tight photos at extreme focal lengths

Looking for ways to get closer to your feathered, flying subjects?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Successful Low Light Photography

What defines low light photography?

Is it dictated by how bright the sun appears?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Take Control Of Backlight

Like facing into a refreshing breeze, backlight can flow through a scene to create depth, dimension and visual impact

The stars faded as darkness gave way to soft twilight.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Graduated Neutral Density Filters

I often give presentations at many of the camera clubs in my area

During a recent one, a photographer asked how I control the contrast range in my images

Monday, July 15, 2013

Use the SCREEN Blend Mode in Photoshop as an Alternative Way to Control Local Exposure

There are numerous ways to control local exposure in Photoshop

Especially when it comes to lightening parts of an image

Monday, July 8, 2013

Point-And-Shoot Spotlight

If you regularly read the Outdoor Photographer Tip of the Week, you know I gear them for DSLR users.

As a DSLR owner, you probably also own a point-and-shoot, but do you get the most out if it?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Lost Art Of Shooting Black-And-White

Discover the secrets of classic B&W master photographers and see how you can apply their methods to working with your DSLR

Black-and-white photography has the potential to make any photographer better, even if you mainly shoot color.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Try these steps to bring more detail and expression to your black-and-white imagery

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography can be an extremely useful technique for bringing out microtexture, enhancing the effect of light and shadow, and creatively influencing the overall tone of an image.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Show Scale In Landscapes

A majestic capture of a grand landscape is high on most nature photographer's lists

Western landscapes, Pacific seascapes, the rolling hills of New England, and the red rock country of the Colorado Plateau come to mind

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Graceful S Curve

The strategic use of lines can greatly enhance a composition

Proving their importance, many classifications of lines have been established in the art world with each type having unique qualities and strategic uses

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