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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Solutions: Big B&W Prints Made Easy

Quick tips for Adams-esque results

When he was working in a black-and-white darkroom with glass plates and later with film negatives, Ansel Adams frequently made very large prints.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Solutions: On The Slide

Slider dollies add interest to your DSLR time-lapse and motion shooting

The recent trend in jerky, handheld, rapid-fire, jump-cut TV defies this rule, but novice filmmakers would do well to start with less nausea-inducing techniques.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Double Process Your RAW Files

Bring out your shadows and highlights by using two versions of the same image

Many photographers double process RAW files to create images with detail in both the shadows and highlights where otherwise, a single capture would sacrifice one or the other.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Create Motion

How can we successfully marry the concept of blur and motion?

Depicting movement in a still image has challenged photographers since the advent of photography. After all, we're shooting "stills," not "motions."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Long Lens Landscapes

Think out of the box and find something to make your photographs distinct

"Minimum of 200mm - have I gone nuts? Everyone in their right mind knows to photograph landscapes with a wide angle lens!"

Monday, January 9, 2012

Use Contrast For Impact

Take contrast beyond its traditional definition and intensify your images

The word "contrast" refers to the range of tones from the brightest highlight to the darkest shadow. With black-and-white, it relates to the range of gray shades from pure white to rich black.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wide-Angle Distortion

Distort your view to create fun and unique photographs

Wide-angle lenses are wonderful tools that allow a photographer to take in large areas in tight quarters. Their angle of view exceeds sixty-five degrees and can go as wide as one hundred eighty.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Enhance Your Landscapes

How to use Photoshop Layer Masks and Layer Styles to simulate a graduated ND filter without the drawbacks of an actual filter

One of the greatest challenges in outdoor photography is properly exposing for contrasty lighting conditions.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Intensify Your Landscape

How to give your scenics extra punch when the situation calls for added intensity

There's a time for subtle, and there's a time to punch things up. Extra intensity is usually associated with punched-up saturation, but that only works when you have a shot that's strong to begin with.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Action-Sequence Panoramas

How to capture time and space in a single frame

We see action before us as a blur of movement that often passes by in a linear progression.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tips For Cold-Weather Photography

Things to remember when you decide to shoot outdoors in the cold

There are many advantages to shooting in cold weather. During the winter, the sun remains low in the sky, which provides a more favorable angle of light.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Basic Indoor Lighting

Four indispensable tips for taking your best indoor photos

I love the great outdoors—the smell of a pine forest, the wind on my face, the chill of a frosty morning, and the feel of an impending storm all get my adrenaline pumping.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Solutions: Video Fundamentals

A primer to get you started shooting video with a DSLR

For most photographers, the biggest hurdle to getting into video with a DSLR is taking the first step.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Solutions: Time-Lapse Quicktips

How to make a movie that will show the world differently

Time-lapse photography and videos have exploded in popularity. During the recent Sony Art of Expression contest hosted by OP, several of the finalists in the video category were time-lapse videos.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Balance the Family Vacation and Photography

How to juggle prime photo time with the family's vacation chaos

As readers of Outdoor Photographer, I’m sure many of you struggle with how to balance your photography while spending time with the family during the one big vacation you get a year.

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