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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Give Your Photos A Boost

Sometimes a good photograph just needs a little shot of art sauce to turn it into a great one

The term "art sauce" is usually a pejorative that instructors use to excoriate their students on using gimmicks to make their work appear more snappy.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Foliage Photo Tips: Part 2

It’s autumn - gone are the mornings of hazy white skies.

Sunrise now greets us with a crisp blue and a chill in the air. The air is fresh and clean, a sense of change permeates the environment, and all living forms seem to sense the transformation that’s about to take place.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sponsored Tip: Creating A Personal Palette

A very simple way to think about color and tone is to orchestrate them as if they sat at either end of a see-saw: if you raise contrast, try lowering saturation, and vice-versa.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Foliage Photo Tips: Part 1

Autumn is my favorite time of year for both photography and life in general

The hazy days of summer give way to crisp fall mornings, the landscape is painted with a mosaic of warm toned leaves, the morning air has a fresh clean fragrance, and a rejuvenation of the environment takes place.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Yosemite Range of Light

Shawn Reeder’s masterful time-lapse explores Yosemite National Park

Shawn Reeder, a photographer, filmmaker and musician based in the magical nexus between the majesty of the Sierras and the expansive grandeur of Yosemite, recently completed an engaging time-lapse project called "Yosemite Range of Light."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Conquer Composition

How to create depth and dimension for dynamic photographs

There's a reason why so many people in this world enjoy picking up a camera and capturing the magic that lies in front of them.

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Chess" Photography

This is not a primer on how to take pictures of pawns, castles, bishops, knights and rooks.

The second word in the title is the true focus, photography. So what's the "chess" connection you ask? The tie in between photography and chess is actually quite logical.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gifts From Nature

No matter how many times I revisit my favorite national parks or natural areas, they never fail to bring out the same reaction - WOW!

No matter how many times I revisit my favorite national parks or natural areas, they never fail to bring out the same reaction - WOW!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shoot For The Stars

Good Night Sky • When The World Is Flat • Staking A Clamp Or Plamp

Lately I've seen a number of interesting images of the night sky showing a silhouetted foreground and the Milky Way.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Get Motivated

Every photographer I know has experienced a period when he or she hits the wall and needs to create distance from the camera.

Call it a lull, rejuvenation period, or simply time off, it's necessary to maintain creativity.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sponsored Tip: Making Images That Endure

How can we make great images, photos that will still be looked at generations after they were made? A search for "greatest photographs" produces mostly historically significant images: war, disasters, records being broken.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Better Clone Stamping 101

The Clone Stamp tool is very powerful

The Clone Stamp tool is very powerful. Whether it’s used for image clean up, to add, or subtract elements, proper clone work is essential so the stamping is not obvious.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wildlife Panoramas

Try composite panoramas to get a wider view of wildlife while keeping the animals prominent in the frame

Readers of Outdoor Photographer Magazine and students at my seminars and field workshops know I love to create panoramic images.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Show Some Behavior

Bad can be good when photographing in the wild

Good behavior is something toward which we should all aspire. It's often rewarded. As both a former teacher and current parent, I look to the positive and make a big deal about it when it happens.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Extend The Canvas To Create A Better Composition

Here's a tip for improving your shot when the composition of your photo isn't quite right

If I wind up with a crop that's too tight or if I need to provide a bit of ‘breathing room’ for a subject, I sometimes extend the canvas so the composition feels better.

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