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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, 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.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Work Your Subject

How to use multiple variables to improve your shots

There are many strategies that can be applied to change an image and the list goes on. When used in tandem, a plethora of variables can be applied.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Combine Two Or More If The Action Doesn’t Unfold

How to use Photoshop to create an illustrative wildlife image, by combining two or more files into a single photo.

Wildlife photography is a challenge. It requires lots of patience, dedication, trips to the animals, and time.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wet The Wood

You can use water to get more vibrant color when shooting wood

Some photographers add a bit of Vibrance or Saturation to their photographs in Photoshop, Lightroom or other RAW converter.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Capture Better Wildlife Photos

Here are five tips for getting the best wildlife shots possible.

Wildlife photography is rewarding and a challenge. The reward is gratification knowing a special moment occurred with a wild animal.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Auto HDR, Quicker, Faster And Better?

New DSLRs with Auto HDR features can create high dynamic range images in just seconds, but are the results worth the convenience?

In the last few years, high dynamic range (HDR) photography has become incredibly popular, propelled in part by the capabilities of both digital cameras and HDR-enabled imaging programs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chasing The Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights are in a period of increased activity, and now is the ideal time to be out photographing this dance in the sky

They're back! After five years of relative quiet, the Northern Lights—the Aurora Borealis—have been on fire lately.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Capture The Gigascape

The GigaPan EPIC Pro creates the ultimate combination of camera technique and computer power for incredibly large, high-res images

In the November 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer Magazine, we wrote about a way to achieve highly detailed landscapes, the "gigascape," with your compact digital camera. It was made possible by a robot called the GigaPan EPIC.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Art Of Travel Photography

To make evocative travel images that tell the story of a place and its people, look beyond photo clichés

Ever since early photographers began capturing images of faraway places in the mid-19th century, travel photography has enthralled people with tantalizing glimpses of distant lands

Monday, November 7, 2011

Add People For Impact

Great images can be made where the person takes up less than five percent of the photo yet is an integral component

When it comes to photographing people, portraiture is often the first word that comes to mind. This brings thoughts of face shots, head and shoulder images, and even full length body photos.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Send In The Clouds

Clouds can often be as important as the key element in the landscape

As nice as clear sunrises and sunsets can be, there's nothing like the drama of colorfully painted skies or carefully placed cumulus or lenticular clouds.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Close-Up Wide-Angle

Get stunning results with this technique for creating powerful, graphic scenic images

The conventional wisdom was that you shouldn't use a wide-angle lens up close because it would distort the subject or make it unflattering.

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