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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Dark Secret Of Digital Photography

How the dark side of your photos can be limiting your prints

Digital photography vastly expands our opportunities for better pictures. We can now shoot in lower light with higher quality results, instantly see our images as we capture them and easily process those images for the best results.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Create Depth in Your Images

Tips for how to achieve the illusion of depth

A photograph captures a three-dimensional scene but is displayed as a two-dimensional object.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fill Flash on Animals

Flash is a great lighting tool when shooting animals

Working in direct sunlight creates contrast problems of deep shadows and bright highlights.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Making Time-Lapse

Somewhere between still photography and full-motion video, time-lapse is moviemaking that any still shooter can do

A movie is just a series of stills. It’s really that simple. While time-lapse is simple in concept, the range of gear and workflow options is vast

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Choose The Best Workshop

From afternoon seminars to weekends in the field to full-blown exotic tours, you’ll get the most out of a workshop when you select one that’s suited to your goals and schedule

A workshop can be a great way to improve your skills and knowledge about photography.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Go Out On A Limb

Tree Photography Tips

Many nature photographers love to photograph trees. Whether grouped in a forest, standing solitary in an open field, or ablaze in autumn tones, they often make an attractive subject.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Head Swap

Wildlife photography is a challenge

One of the aspects that makes wildlife photography such a challenge is getting a good head angle of an animal.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Classic Fall Color

Capturing the best of autumn takes a combination of skill, preparation, timing and equipment

Traveling locally can have its advantages, as you can revisit the area if you aren’t satisfied with the results.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Solutions: How To Shoot Star Trails

Follow these tips and tricks for shooting in the dark

We’ve seen a number of outstanding star trail images in the OP Assignments galleries, contest entries and other direct submissions to the magazine.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Backlit Macros

Backlighting adds intrigue and impact to macro photographs

Every photographer wants their pictures to stand out from others. One way to accomplish this is with backlighting.

Monday, August 15, 2011

How to Capture Great Travel Portraits

Create interesting and memorable travel portraits

Mergers are created when key parts of the main subjects overlap each other, touch another key element, or touch the sides of the frame.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Ultimate Photo Sketch Pad

The iPhone doesn’t replace a serious camera nor does it replace serious nature photography, but it does give you an endless array of tools to experiment with and expand your creativity

Is the iPhone to be feared or embraced? Is it a threat or a complement to my DSLR? Is it a toy or the continuation of a photographic revolution?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's About Sharp

Take advantage of your DSLR’s sophisticated autofocus options to get perfectly sharp shots without missing any action

Autofocus is one of the two most revolutionary features to appear in SLR cameras in the past quarter-century (the other being digital media replacing film).

Monday, August 8, 2011

Clean Backgrounds For Wildlife

Don’t overlook an important facet of the image making—the background

Regardless of how perfect the subject is, if the background is busy or competes for attention, the photograph will fall short.

Monday, August 1, 2011

How to Control Perspective

Perspective can be significantly impacted via the use of lenses

Wide-angle lenses take in a lot of information and push back distant objects to make them small and insignificant.

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