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Monday, December 20, 2010

Action Shots

Action can be portrayed by freezing the motion using a fast shutter speed or emphasizing it using a slow one.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Flower Photography

April showers have come and gone. Left in their wake are little islands of germinating seeds ready to erupt in a floral fantasy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Making Best Use Of HDR

Tom Till is a master of Southwest landscapes. Recently, he’s been using HDR software to overcome some of the challenges of these high-contrast scenes without generating the bizarre-looking, hyperreal effect that’s objectionable to many nature shooters

I was an early adopter of graduated neutral-density filters to tame the huge discrepancies between mesa-top sunlight and the dark shadows of the canyon depths.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Framing

Framing does exactly what the word implies. By strategically placing sections of manmade or natural shapes around a main subject, a frame is formed.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sun/Cloud Interaction

Without the sun, life wouldn’t exist. Without its light, landscapes and seascapes, as we know them, couldn’t be made.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Local Duck Pond Opportunities

Every time I had to test a new piece of photographic equipment, I found myself heading to the local duck pond. Thankfully, this made me realize the subject matter found there deserved much greater attention than simply being a testing ground.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Camera Angles: Shoot High, Shoot Low

The camera position from where you choose to photograph your subject can mean the difference between an ordinary, run-of-the-mill image or an eye-grabbing one with impact and intrigue.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

25 Pro Tips

Try these tips from some of OP’s top professionals to get your best shots ever!

We polled a number of professionals for some of their best photo tips, and in the spirit of our 25th Anniversary issue, we’ve come up with a list of 25 that are sure to help you make better photographs.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Make Simplicity Part Of Your Photography

Photography is a subtractive process. Upon looking through your viewfinder you must decide what elements to exclude before pressing the shutter.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Leave Space For Movement

Leaving room for implied movement of your subject is important in creating a composition that doesn’t express tension.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How To Set The Black Point

Your prints will have improved contrast and vibrancy when you follow these steps

Ansel Adams wrote extensively about the importance of blacks in a print in his classic book, The Print.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sky Backgrounds

Having a clean or dramatic sky as a backdrop is an asset. Great sunsets, an alpenglow, an impending storm, or one full of puffy white clouds, all contribute to making better images.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Night Photography

Images taken at night can be very dramatic. Mixed lighting can produce interesting color shifts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Auto Levels

The oft-maligned, one-click solution can be your best friend for making an image look good

If you get a group of photographers into a room and you want to start a fight, bring up the notion of “auto” anything in Photoshop.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On The Wing

A look at the many facets of avian photography and techniques for getting colorful, inspiring images

After a 10-year absence to tend to other business, Chris Klapheke rededicated himself to photography in 2004. He really never had paid any attention to birds before, but a workshop with bird photography guru Arthur Morris at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico got him hooked.

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