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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, 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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

10 Tips For The Grand Canyon

A seasoned pro shares his secrets for getting original shots in one of the most iconic locations in America

Postcard racks are filled with pretty pictures of iconic landscapes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Perfect Exposure

The various in-camera metering modes and how they’re used are mysteries for most photographers. OP guides you through the alphabet soup and confusing monikers so you can use your meter to the fullest and get perfect exposures.

An exposure meter measures the amount of light that strikes it and, based on this data and the ISO you've programmed into it, provides you with a series of shutter-speed/ƒ-stop combinations that will produce proper exposure for the metered subject or scene.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Composition: Avoid Mergers

Prevent overlapping subjects to create good composition

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

Monday, July 18, 2011

Patterns In Nature

Learn how to portray patterns in nature that will do Mother Nature justice

Mother Nature works miracles in what she creates.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Birdography

Good bird photography begins with knowing the subject’s behavior

Birds are a favorite subject of many nature photographers.

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