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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Diversify Your Macro Portfolio

Tips and techniques from a master that will take your macro photography to the next level

For the last four hours, my mind was occupied with the thoughts of my weeklong photography trip to Yosemite National Park.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

White Balance

Use a simple device to get perfect color in all of your shots

White balance is an adjustment that accounts for the color temperature of the light in a scene.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Decisive Moment

How to catch that instant when the whole photograph comes together with universal impact

The concept of the decisive moment applies to most photographic endeavors.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Minimize To Maximize

A National Geographic pro on how to lighten up on your gear and keep focused on getting the best photos

Oh, if only Antoine had been a photographer. Traveling as a photographer and the word “light” generally aren’t spoken in the same sentence.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shoot The Moon

When the sun sets and the rest of the photographers pack up for the night, you can get some of the most stunning and unique images

I started “shooting the moon” in a quest for unique photos, and while I’m certainly happy with my results, I’ve discovered that the actual experience of moon and moonlight photography is just as rewarding as the images I bring home.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Unguarded Moment

Steve McCurry’s personal approach has created a career of stunning photographs of people from around the world

It’s obvious at a glance that the cover of Steve McCurry’s new book, The Unguarded Moment (Phaidon), is a great photograph.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Percentages

Today, “high ISO” means values like 25,600 instead of 800. These dramatic advancements are giving nature photographers a whole new way to think about making images.

George Lepp recently returned from an expedition to Africa, where he was using the Canon EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV, and one of his traveling companions was using the Nikon D3 and D3S.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Be Adventurous

Pro tips on how to take amazing sports-action shots

The great American author Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Film Vs. Digital

A look at some of the differences between shooting in Ansel Adams’ era versus today

When we examine legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, we realize that, by today’s standards, the equipment they used was more of a handicap than a secret ingredient.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Digital Zone System

If you thought DSLRs and new technology made the Zone System obsolete, think again. Updating the classic Ansel Adams tool for proper exposure will make your digital photographs as good as they can be.

When Ansel Adams developed the Zone System with Fred Archer in 1940, he gave photographers a tool great for controlling their images—but only with black-and-white film, and only with view cameras, where sheets of film could be processed individually.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Transforming Large Format

Landscape master Jack Dykinga’s new “secret” view camera is in the form of a modern DSLR

Jack Dykinga doesn’t treat his newest camera as a state secret, although it would be understandable if he did. After all, he calls it a “secret large-format camera.” And it’s made by Nikon.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Avian Abstracts

A different interpretation of bird photography that departs from the usual sharp, literal imagery to which we’re accustomed

Abstraction is defined as “freedom from representational qualities in art.” That’s what I tried to do with my series of avian abstracts—to make a series where form is translated into another form, where you as a viewer have to make up your own mind as to what it represents.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

HD Video Primer

During the early days of digital camera development, product design teams learned that the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) that provided the brainpower for digital still cameras could be mutated to offer video capture features. Good news, eh? No, not really—not at the time.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nature & Nurture

Unique perspectives on outdoor photography and the importance of preserving our environment

Nature photographers not only are major contributors to the profession of photography, but also to our growing understanding of the natural world.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Faster And Easier Image Processing

Software plug-ins make computer work more efficient for nature photographers


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