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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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Digital Pitfalls: A Cautionary Tale

Tom Till recently had an epiphany about how much enhancement is too much. It’s easy to become enamored of the power of digital to make colors pop, but it’s also easy to become addicted to the point where you need more and more.

The email was unlike any I had ever received.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pro Tips For Dynamic Fall Color

Top professionals share their techniques for capturing the best of autumn

Every nature photographer knows that fall is prime time.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sky-scapes

Helpful hints to bring your sky-scapes to the next level

Sky photography conjures thoughts of vividly colored clouds and electric hues. Ever changing conditions provide great windows of opportunity as cloud colors intensify.

Monday, August 13, 2012

So You Want To Be A Nature Photographer

What it really means to be a professional nature photographer

I've heard it said that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. As photography has been a long time profession in addition to being a passion, to some extent, the above holds true.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Is That Really How It Looked?

Understanding how your DSLR sees the world will help you take pictures that match your vision

The truth is, great photographers understand that it's impossible to duplicate human vision with a camera and plan their images accordingly without feeling frustrated by the inability to duplicate the color, contrast or depth their eyes see.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Inclement Weather Photography

Bad weather can make for good photography, but there are things you should know before braving the elements

The sound of the alarm signals the coming of a new day. As its annoyance persists, the simultaneous pitter patter of raindrops paints a frown on your face.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Long Lens Tips and Techniques

Get the most out of your long lens when shooting wildlife

A long lens is essential for photographing wildlife for a number of reasons. The most obvious is it allows the subject to appear larger in the picture. Unless you're creating an environmental portrait, bigger is usually better.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gear Up Your Photo Vehicle

Accessories to turn your car into a photography companion

Photographers such as Galen Rowell famously traveled light and bounded up mountains with nothing but a camera and lens.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Storm Watch

How to capture the power and beauty of dramatic weather

Darkening skies, a flash of lightning and a distant clap of thunder.

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