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Monday, January 24, 2011

Symmetry And Balance

Good composition is something I liken to an old fashioned legal balance.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Black-And-White

Black-and-white is making a big comeback. Two of the biggest reasons that account for this are digital imaging and the desire for photographers to take their image-making to a new level.

Monday, January 10, 2011

More Than One

Shooting multiple exposures can provide you with unique and creative images.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A “Mist-Shot"—Better Fog Photography

Some people associate fog with inclement weather and avoid the outdoors. Not me. I grab my camera to create some extremely exciting images. Foggy conditions elicit moody and ethereal feelings.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Prepare For A Photo Expedition

Tom Bol offers his insight on how to get ready when you’re going to be out for more than just a day hike

"ONE MORE STEP." This mantra is bouncing around in my brain as my body tries to follow suit.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Think Differently About Your DSLR

How experimentation can pay big creative dividends

Whether you enjoy creating by pencil, brush or camera, the challenge of keeping your creative level at its peak can be daunting.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Be There! With GPS And TOPO Maps

Scout locations from home to find your best vistas

In our hectic day-to-day lives, we carve out the time to pursue our common passion: nature photography.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Action Shots

Action can be portrayed by freezing the motion using a fast shutter speed or emphasizing it using a slow one.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Flower Photography

April showers have come and gone. Left in their wake are little islands of germinating seeds ready to erupt in a floral fantasy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Making Best Use Of HDR

Tom Till is a master of Southwest landscapes. Recently, he’s been using HDR software to overcome some of the challenges of these high-contrast scenes without generating the bizarre-looking, hyperreal effect that’s objectionable to many nature shooters

I was an early adopter of graduated neutral-density filters to tame the huge discrepancies between mesa-top sunlight and the dark shadows of the canyon depths.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Framing

Framing does exactly what the word implies. By strategically placing sections of manmade or natural shapes around a main subject, a frame is formed.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sun/Cloud Interaction

Without the sun, life wouldn’t exist. Without its light, landscapes and seascapes, as we know them, couldn’t be made.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Local Duck Pond Opportunities

Every time I had to test a new piece of photographic equipment, I found myself heading to the local duck pond. Thankfully, this made me realize the subject matter found there deserved much greater attention than simply being a testing ground.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Camera Angles: Shoot High, Shoot Low

The camera position from where you choose to photograph your subject can mean the difference between an ordinary, run-of-the-mill image or an eye-grabbing one with impact and intrigue.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

25 Pro Tips

Try these tips from some of OP’s top professionals to get your best shots ever!

We polled a number of professionals for some of their best photo tips, and in the spirit of our 25th Anniversary issue, we’ve come up with a list of 25 that are sure to help you make better photographs.

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