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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 4, 2012

Use the Radial Zoom Filter to Imply Movement

Five Steps to creating eye-catching movement in Photoshop

I use the radial zoom filter found in Photoshop for two purposes: to imply movement and to focus the viewer’s eye on a specific part of a photo.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Uncliché The Cliché

Change-up your technique to capture unique photographs of iconic locations

As a leader of photo tours to many classic natural destinations in the United States, it's my obligation to bring participants to the photographic icons of each location.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Shooting Blind

How to shoot from a floating blind

Blessed with nearly 10 million acres of wetlands and a major migration route along the Mississippi flyway, my home state of Minnesota attracts innumerable species of waterfowl and wading birds, especially during the fall and spring migrations.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Long Lens Tips And Techniques

Big-glass guru Arthur Morris shows you how to use long telephotos to get your best up-close wildlife shots ever!

My first long lens, purchased back in 1983, was the Canon 400mm ƒ/4.5 FD.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Solutions: Lightroom 4 Tone Controls

How the changes in Lr4 are important for nature photographers

With Lightroom 4, Adobe has made the most significant change to its RAW image-processing engine since Adobe Camera Raw was first introduced in 2003.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Textures—Rule Breakers And Rule Followers

How to capture more texture in your images using light and direction

Textures come in all shapes and sizes. They can be soft like the feathers of a bird, fragile as peeling paint, delicate as ripples of sand, patterned like a plowed farm field and more.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pieces of The Whole

Focus on the smaller aspects of a larger subject to take unique, and sometimes better, photos.

The whole is the sum of its parts. If a single addend is eliminated, it prevents a proper total from being obtained.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A View From The Top

Think about the sun to plan your time in the mountains, and you’ll get your most inspiring shots from the summits

Summits are magical places. Reaching the summit of a high peak gives me the exhilarating, humbling and awe-inspiring experience of being a tiny speck on top of the world.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Flower Close-Ups

Great flower photos can be made any time of the day. These tips will help when light is at a minimum.

Flower photography can mean different things to different photographers. Whether it's a sprawling field of orange poppies, a pattern in a field of tulips...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Environmental Wildlife Portraits

Good environmental wildlife portraits are a blend of two subjects - the animal and the landscape

My first encounter with the definition of a portrait came from personal experiences via school photos: a portrait is a chest to head shot of a person smiling at the camera.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Get In Shape For A Workshop

Summer is photo workshop season. we asked several instructors and photo tour leaders for their advice on what you can do to be in top picture-taking shape when you go

If you come from sea level and want to go on a tour at high elevation, are you physically fit and able to handle the abrupt acclimation?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Macro Flash

Get complete creative control over your close-up photography with these versatile flash and mounting systems

If you're seeking to heat up the WOW factor in your images, macro photography may become your favorite pursuit. Viewers are captivated by larger-than-life images of very small things

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pro Tips For A Road Trip

Some of OP’s top professional contributors offer up suggestions about key gear and other items to bring on your next photo road trip

When I can't get a signal with my phone, a weather radio gives me another option for finding out what's up with the crazy weather around me.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Work The Scenic

Getting the most out of a photo opportunity means learning to fully work the shoot

Scenic photography can be very rewarding. To return home from a photo trip with a number of winners is a feel good.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Small Shift = Big Difference

Backgrounds have impact, and a small shift in camera position can equal a big difference in the success of the photograph

For those who are regular readers of the Outdoor Photographer Photo Tip Of The Week, you know I'm a big proponent of a clean background.

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