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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.




Monday, July 7, 2014

Beautiful Backlight

Backlight can provide beautiful results

but it also introduces a number of problems

Monday, June 30, 2014

Landscape Depth

A photograph is a two-dimensional object

To create depth, a photographer must portray an illusion that the viewer can walk into the image

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

B&W In Harsh Light

The often-shunned midday conditions can yield surprisingly good results—when you’re thinking in black-and-white

As outdoor photographers, it doesn't take us long to find out that nature's lighting can be very fickle, differing greatly day to day and even over the course of a day, from that of the controlled lighting available in a studio setting.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Solutions: What’s In The Bag: B&W In The Field

Pack your bag with the right gear to get your best monochrome photos

The essence of black-and-white lies in tonality and texture.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Capture The Moment

The word MOMENT, relative to a given circumstance, connotes different durations

A moment during someone’s lifetime may last for hours

Monday, June 16, 2014

Birds In Flight

Bird flight photography is a challenge

Advancements in digital capture provide an improved chance of coming home with great images, but by no means does it guarantee you’ll get the shot

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Digital Mythbusting

We bust some of the most common myths that digital photographers take into the field to help you get your best images

Digital photography became popular at the same time that Internet access and usage exploded in growth.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shooting The Monsoon

How to catch the big summer weather in the Southwest

It was the bolt atop the ridge directly in front of me that finally got my attention.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Solutions: What’s In The Bag: Big Tele Shooting

How to pack for a day with a long lens

When you're going into the field for a day of wildlife or sports-action photography, evaluate what to bring along.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Underwater Landscape

Dive into underwater photography with an interchangeable-lens camera and housing

Underwater photography may be the most specialized form of nature photography there is.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Solutions: eLearning

Modern online courses allow you to learn from and interact with excellent instructors in your spare time at home

There has been a flood of new options for photographers looking to take a class over the past few years.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Roadside Photo Ops

Sometimes the best vantage point is literally by the side of the road

In April, we reached out to the OP community on Facebook requesting submissions of images that actually were taken by the side of the road.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chasing Rainbows

How to predict where a rainbow will be and how to set up your DSLR to photograph it to create dramatic rainbow-scapes

It was "rainbow weather"—a pattern where rainbows were likely. But where would a rainbow appear?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Power Of Three

Reaching beyond the basics of the Rule of Thirds for more dynamic landscape photos

From the Greeks, who worshipped the amazing properties of triangles, to The Three Stooges, the number three has had a special relationship with human perception, art, music, science, religion and every other field.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Minimalist Landscapes

No matter the conditions, remove yourself from expectations and focus on what’s there and not on what you wish was there

It's early morning; your camera gear is packed. With a cup of steaming coffee in your hand, you hike to the viewpoint you selected the previous evening.

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