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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, June 20, 2011

Defocus The Background

Center attention on what's important in your photographs

When all elements in a photograph are sharp, it tells the viewer that everything is important and commands attention from the viewer.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Creating Abstracts

Isolate, get close and make use of the right tools to make unique photos

Photographers have at their disposal many ways to create abstract images.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AF Fine-Tuning

Make micro adjustments to your focusing system to get your sharpest shots

Cameras and lenses are both precision instruments, and today's AF systems are the best we've ever seen.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Once More Into The Shot

How to use self-timers and triggers to add a person to your photos when you’re the only one available

Like most photographers, I'm happiest when I'm behind the lens, not in front of it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Experimenting With Perspective

It’s time to get creative in the unique world of the tilt-shift lens

Tilt-shift shooting is different than the typical approach to imagery.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pick a Color: Get Out of the Doldrums

The majority of the macro shots I create are made in late morning and early afternoon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fine-Art Camera Phone Photography

Using a bevy of sophisticated apps, Tony Sweet shows how to expand your creativity and make wall-worthy pictures from an iPhone

With the advent of new highly capable cameras in various smartphones combined with very cogent apps, we're now able to create images and optimize them almost exactly as we would in Photoshop.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Long Lens Techniques

How to use a big telephoto lens for wildlife and more!

How to use a big telephoto lens for wildlife and more!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Geotagging

Use your GPS as a comprehensive location scout and to share images with others

You don't need a camera with a built-in GPS to geotag your images although such devices make it simpler since they do it automatically as you shoot.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Diffusers

The majority of the macro shots I create are made in late morning and early afternoon.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Slow-Sync Backgrounds

Flash is a great tool to use to control backgrounds when working with macro subjects.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Boost Your AF Performance

How to set up your camera and lens to get quick response when you’re shooting fast-moving subjects like wildlife

Today’s DSLRs are amazingly quick in their AF performance and firing rates, but you can make them even quicker by setting them appropriately.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stoking The Flame

In her “Ghosts of the West” project, Cheyenne Rouse reignited her love of photography by embracing HDR

If you would have told me three years ago when I was living in Park City, Utah, that I’d be creating HDR images, running my own gallery, living in Scottsdale, Arizona, and loving my DSLR, I would have told you that you were crazy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quick Tips For Using A Polarizer

Get more from the single most useful accessory in your bag

The one accessory you’re likely to find in any professional nature photographer’s camera bag is a polarizer.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Foreground Midground Background Interest

Rules of good composition date back to the masters of the Renaissance.

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