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Monday, December 16, 2013

Silhouettes In Nature

I love to photograph at dawn and dusk

I also love the light when the sun hovers near the horizon

Friday, December 13, 2013

On Location With Dave Stoecklein

Get a behind the scenes look at creating a major advertising campaign

Against a backdrop of natural beauty at the Bar Horseshoe Ranch in Mackay, Idaho, photographer David Stoecklein gives us a unique perspective of what goes in to creating his iconic shots of the American West.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sharpness The Deadly Dozen

Defeat these threats to sharp photos and create images that get optimum sharpness from any camera and lens

The pros get consistently sharp images. How do they do that, even when they're not using so-called pro lenses?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Telephoto Vistas

Most people think of shooting a scenic as a grand landscape

Many photographers from urban areas escape the city to photograph the huge areas of the west

Monday, December 2, 2013

Macro Portraits

A portrait by any other name or modifier is still a portrait

If I simply add the modifier of MACRO, it doesn’t change rules of composition, light, creativity, depth of field, etc

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Close-Up Wide-Angle

Armed with a Sigma 10-20mm lens on a Nikon D7100 DSLR, we explore the ins and outs of this dynamic compositional technique

Wide-angle zooms have always been popular with nature photographers.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Look Beyond the Obvious

What exactly does this mean?

The other day I heard an old Fleetwood Mac song, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” and decided to apply a photographic twist

Monday, November 18, 2013

Use Lines To Create Dynamic Compositions

It’s strange how the mind works

For me, an example is whenever I hear the word “lines,” it summons two vivid memories

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sun On The Horizon

As a nature photographer, sunrise and sunset are my primary times to shoot

If you’re a regular reader of my weekly Tips, you know I love the “sweet light” of these two times of day

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Colors Of Snow

Like a fresh white canvas, a new blanket of snow is a perfectly primed medium for painting with the subtle hues of winter

We always think of snow as being plain white, but the reality is that it's a malleable element that can take on any of several colors depending on the conditions in which you're shooting.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Photographic Portals

The dictionary defines portal as “a grand and imposing entrance.”

Used metaphorically, it can mean "the portals of heaven" or "the portals of success."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Landscape Portraits

“It’s all about the light...”

I say it all the time

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Defeat Chromatic Aberration

How to banish color fringes from your photos forever

We've all seen it—that glowing violet fringe that sometimes lurks like a dirty halo in out-of-focus areas and along high-contrast boundaries of dark objects photographed against a bright sky.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Get Above It All

Aerial imaging using consumer-level “drones” is now within reach of any photographer. In this first in a series of articles, we embark on the steps to get started.

During the entire history of photography, perspectives from above have been difficult, if not impossible, to capture without budgets large enough for the chartering of full-sized aircraft (helicopters and airplanes).

Monday, October 21, 2013

No Merging Allowed

While out on the road, I often see yellow caution signs

"Lanes Merge—Drive with Care.”

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