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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, 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

Shapes/Lines/Patterns/Textures

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.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall Reflections

Autumn is a season when fleeting colors produce exceptionally vivid scenes. By combining water elements, you can add extra dimensions and motion.

There are few places on earth where all nature’s colors mingle with such quintessential romantic and wild sceneries.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Making A Faux Mat

For odd shapes or oversized prints, a mat can be very expensive. Try this technique to create a good-looking alternative.

A few years ago, I put together a large exhibition of work for the benefit of an environmental cause.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Control Your Depth of Field

Try the Focus Slice Auto-Align technique to get tack-sharpness from near to far

A conventional lens has the planes of the sensor (or film), the lens and the focused slice of reality all perpendicular to the axis of the lens.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Whatever It Takes

Adventure photographer James Kay’s career is defined by his tenacity and drive to bypass the ordinary and take the extra steps to get something extraordinary

I can still recall the soft pillows of clouds drifting across the face of the Teton Range as I drove north to meet a client at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park many years ago.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Max Out Your DSLR Sensor

Make the best exposure for a scene when you know how your camera will respond to the full spectrum, from highlights to shadows

Sometimes your first capture is your only capture. Blow the exposure, and you’ve blown a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can’t bracket high-action wildlife or outdoor sports—you’re all but guaranteed to get the wrong exposure at the decisive moment.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Use Live View For Sharper Shots

How to make the most of this innovative feature to get better pictures

Most new DSLRs have Live View, yet too many nature photographers don’t use it.

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