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Outdoor Photography Techniques

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Perfect Exposure

The various in-camera metering modes and how they’re used are mysteries for most photographers. OP guides you through the alphabet soup and confusing monikers so you can use your meter to the fullest and get perfect exposures.

An exposure meter measures the amount of light that strikes it and, based on this data and the ISO you've programmed into it, provides you with a series of shutter-speed/ƒ-stop combinations that will produce proper exposure for the metered subject or scene.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Composition: Avoid Mergers

Prevent overlapping subjects to create good composition

Mergers are created when key parts of the main subjects overlap each other, touch another key element, or touch the sides of the frame.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Patterns In Nature

Learn how to portray patterns in nature that will do Mother Nature justice

Mother Nature works miracles in what she creates.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Good bird photography begins with knowing the subject’s behavior

Birds are a favorite subject of many nature photographers.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Advanced Cloning

Retouching techniques give photographers more control than ever. Try a combination of tools for removing distracting elements from almost any scene.

Each year, the number of visitors to our national parks grows, looking to see and photograph their favorite icons.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transmit Image Files

An Eye-Fi card and your tablet make an ideal field combination

Occasionally, a solution comes along that's the perfect fix for a problem I thought I'd always just have to deal with.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Get Off The Program

Really think about what you want as an end result

When I run my photo tours, I often get asked what exposure reading I'm getting.

Monday, June 27, 2011

How To Capture Great Scenics

Focus on three key elements when taking scenic photographs

A great outdoor scenic hinges upon three key elements - the direction and quality of the LIGHT; the COMPOSITION must be dynamic and compelling; and the SUBJECT should have intrigue to hold the viewer’s attention.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Rarest Light

Look for the gap and the glow, and you’ll find light that transforms a scene into something extraordinary

For 18 years now, I've been specializing in wilderness landscape photography.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why Choose B&W

Creating a monochrome image lets you focus on form, texture, shape and composition

We see and live in a world of color. That's how we've evolved, and it's the world that we know.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Making Of Compelling Black-And-White-Images

Beyond just removing color, see how structure, tonal relationships, form, texture and contrast all play key roles

Eliot Porter and Ernst Haas were two of my heroes in nature photography, both superb practitioners of color photography with nature.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Defocus The Background

Center attention on what's important in your photographs

When all elements in a photograph are sharp, it tells the viewer that everything is important and commands attention from the viewer.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Creating Abstracts

Isolate, get close and make use of the right tools to make unique photos

Photographers have at their disposal many ways to create abstract images.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AF Fine-Tuning

Make micro adjustments to your focusing system to get your sharpest shots

Cameras and lenses are both precision instruments, and today's AF systems are the best we've ever seen.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Once More Into The Shot

How to use self-timers and triggers to add a person to your photos when you’re the only one available

Like most photographers, I'm happiest when I'm behind the lens, not in front of it.

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