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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Go B&W In Winter

More than just a solution for bleak scenery, converting your images to black-and-white can give winter landscapes and sports action tremendous impact

Winter is a wondrous season for photographers, with its own unique challenges and triumphs. For many of us, the landscape changes shape and character entirely, covered in a blanket of Mother Nature’s finest frozen concoction.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Holiday Book Guide

The annual OP selection of photography books for outdoor enthusiasts

Refresh your coffee-table book collection this holiday season with some of the latest photography titles to hit bookstores.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Into The Caves Of Patagonia

New camera technology comes to the rescue when one of the world’s pristine wonders is photographed

A few days before, we had left our home in Colorado in the midst of a winter storm, our visions of sunshine, wildflowers and this lake calling us 7,000 miles south. Months previously, our friends, the landscape photographer Linde Waidhofer and her poet/graphic designer husband Lito Tejada-Flores, had shown us Linde’s haunting photographs of a group of marble caves accessible only from Lago General Carrera.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Old West Color

David Stoecklein brings a timeless cowboy allure to his photography by combining classic aesthetics with his own unique style

There’s an old cowboy adage that goes, “Talk less and say more,” and David Stoecklein does just that. Based out of Idaho, he has photographed amazingly iconic images of the American West for more than 20 years. Astoundingly, whether it’s of a modern cowboy or an expansive Southwestern landscape, his photographic style is instantly recognizable and remarkably consistent.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shooting Macro? Try Flash!

Try this dual-flash setup for complete control over the illumination in your image

Most nature photographers spend the majority of their time shooting the very large in the natural world—big mountains, big animals. We become obsessed with the grandeur of outdoor photography.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

10 Tips For Top Sharpness

Getting your sharpest photographs today is as much about processing as it is about shooting technique. We’ll show you some pro tips for making your best pictures.

Nature photographers are always on the quest for sharp pictures. I know I am. I want to be sure that when something should be sharp in a photograph, it’s indeed sharp.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Inside A High-End Workshop

In April 2009, we sent a photographer to Frans Lanting’s workshop to give OP readers a sense of what a multiday workshop with a top pro is like. There’s much more than just learning how to use your camera.

I’m going to teach you how you can tell stories with pictures, and that’s quite different from taking pictures just by looking at the surface of things.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Extreme Wildlife

Jim Oltersdorf works on the edge to get wild and unique photographs of wildlife and nature as a whole

"Normal" isn't usually a word that describes what high-risk, extreme outdoor photographers' lives are like. When we think about what they do, it usually conjures up death-defying antics—that somehow they're hanging with a vice-like grip on the arm of Lady Luck to get out alive.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The GigaScape

The GigaPan gives you the ability to make images that are higher resolution than you’ve ever dreamed possible

Do you often feel that photography is advancing faster than you can buy new cameras and computers? Since the advent of digital imaging, it seems the capabilities and complexities expand faster than we mere mortals can master them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's In The Details

Go beyond the ordinary macro shot to create striking close-ups anywhere

As you get physically closer and closer to your subject, you’ll find increasingly interesting possibilities for your images. The world looks different up close. You may find that your original subject is no longer the most compelling thing in front of your lens as you approach macro distances.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Online Learning Comes Of Age

Much more than the correspondence courses of a past era, you can build upon your photo education by taking a class through the Internet

The old-fashioned correspondence course has grown up, and in the digital age, it has become a viable and truly enjoyable way to learn how to take better pictures.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Going On A Photo Road Trip

Be ready for anything by packing for a journey with the essentials

Getting off the beaten path can inspire your photography with new subjects, unexplored environments and pictorial challenges.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Rembrandt Solution

What painting’s Grand Masters can teach today’s digital photographers

Landscape photographers face a fundamental challenge: how to compress the broad range of light intensities typically found in the real world into the much narrower range of tones that can be reproduced in a print.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Defringing

How to defeat edge artifacts in composited landscape images

Few things are more frustrating to a photographer than edge fringes or halos that appear in Photoshop after a selected or extracted object has been placed onto a new background.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Big Trip

See how National Geographic photographer and Outdoor Photographer columnist Frans Lanting gears up for an expedition. You probably won’t ever need as much equipment with you, but there’s a lot to learn from his approach.

What gear to pack? What to leave at home? If you don’t have it, you can’t use it, balanced with the fact that too much equipment can slow you down and you miss the opportunity to put yourself in a position to get the shot in the first place.

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