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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.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Make Simplicity Part Of Your Photography

Photography is a subtractive process. Upon looking through your viewfinder you must decide what elements to exclude before pressing the shutter.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Leave Space For Movement

Leaving room for implied movement of your subject is important in creating a composition that doesn’t express tension.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How To Set The Black Point

Your prints will have improved contrast and vibrancy when you follow these steps

Ansel Adams wrote extensively about the importance of blacks in a print in his classic book, The Print.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sky Backgrounds

Having a clean or dramatic sky as a backdrop is an asset. Great sunsets, an alpenglow, an impending storm, or one full of puffy white clouds, all contribute to making better images.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Night Photography

Images taken at night can be very dramatic. Mixed lighting can produce interesting color shifts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Auto Levels

The oft-maligned, one-click solution can be your best friend for making an image look good

If you get a group of photographers into a room and you want to start a fight, bring up the notion of “auto” anything in Photoshop.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On The Wing

A look at the many facets of avian photography and techniques for getting colorful, inspiring images

After a 10-year absence to tend to other business, Chris Klapheke rededicated himself to photography in 2004. He really never had paid any attention to birds before, but a workshop with bird photography guru Arthur Morris at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico got him hooked.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Paint It Black

Flash is a great tool with which to control backgrounds especially when photographing small subjects.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Composition —Know What to Eliminate

Photography is an art form, yet as photographers, we’re at a great disadvantage. A painter can approach a scene and build in dramatic light, an impending storm, a howling wolf set upon a rocky precipice, or a bald eagle swooping from the water with trout held firmly in talons.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Special Techniques For Landscapes

Excerpted from Rob Sheppard’s new book, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography

In Outdoor Photographer, you’ve learned core techniques to use while photographing the landscape: exposure, depth of field, use of lenses, composition and more.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How To Create The Complete Outdoor Image

Whether you’re shooting landscapes, wildlife, sports-action or travel, the best, most compelling images have common traits

In this era of digital photography, we’re bombarded with imagery each and every day.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

X Marks The Spot

New tools to guide you to the perfect place for the perfect photograph

The first time I tried to photograph the full moon setting over Longs Peak from the summit of Twin Sisters in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains was a complete fiasco.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Use Scale and Contrast to Your Advantage

Subjects that portray a thematic contrast add interest and intrigue to a photograph. For instance, large subjects contrasted with small ones hold the viewer's interest as it’s necessary to study the comparison of items within.

Monday, September 20, 2010


A sure fire way to attract a viewer to your images is to emphasize shape, line, patterns and/or textures. When combined with strong side light, very powerful, yet simple images can be created.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wildlife Photography

In his new book, wildlife photographer and Tech Tips guru George Lepp shares lessons learned in a lifetime of photography

When I’m away to teach or photograph elsewhere, I feel that I’ve somehow abandoned my responsibility to witness the progression of the extended animal families at home.

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